TALK: The Risk of Punk Under-Production, Shane Greene (Anthropology, Indiana University)

Event Date: 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 3:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Music Room 1145 (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
​Shane Greene, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, presents a talk entitled, "The Risk of Punk Under-Production," on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. in Music Room 1145. Admission is free. This event is co-presented by the Department of Music and the Center for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Music (CISM).
This talk elaborates on a theory of punk as a mode of aesthetic/material under-production in a context of extraordinary political risk, namely the Shining Path’s Maoist revolutionary proposal and the mass political violence that engulfed Peru during the 1980s. The emergence of punk in Lima, known locally as rock subterráneo, gave rise to a particular subcultural identity, the subte ("under"), a moniker that also took on a riskily ambiguous relation to the Marxist subversivo (“subversive”) in Peru’s armed conflict.  Ultimately, I discuss how Peruvian punk’s particular modes of under-production confronted a state that conflated punks with with political subversives and Maoist militants that saw punks as possibly allies but actually antagonists.
Shane Greene is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University.  He writes and publishes on social movements, music, art, subculture, urbanism, race and culture. His most recent book is titled Punk and Revolution, about the emergence of an underground arts and music scene during Peru’s war with the Maoist Shining Path. He also plays in a bilingual rock band called El Cuervo Sucio. 
Shane Greene