Universität Wien FIND

160070 SE No is a Power, Anytime, Anyplace: Punk and Post-punk Since 1980 (2021W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 15.10. 15:00 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2 Musikwissenschaft UniCampus Hof 9, 3G-EG-01
Saturday 16.10. 10:00 - 15:30 Hörsaal 2 Musikwissenschaft UniCampus Hof 9, 3G-EG-01
Friday 03.12. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Saturday 04.12. 10:00 - 15:30 Digital
Friday 21.01. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Saturday 22.01. 10:00 - 15:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

While the word "popular" and its associated nouns have become indispensable in current debates about music and music culture, about art and artistic freedom, its shadow is cast by an elective cousin: the resistant, the refusing, but no less popular - the so-called "counterculture", which programmatically broke out as a subculture in punk since the 1970s in Europe and the USA.

In addition to the cultural and socio-historical localization of the musical phenomenon of postpunk in Europe (especially GB, D, but also A and F), the SE is especially dedicated to the exploration of the outlined aesthetic premises, since compositional strategies were already established long before the 1980s, which both technically and aesthetically suggest a way of dealing with sound and musical material that continues to have an effect today. By analyzing selected music, the Seminar aims to identify techniques, stylistic devices, and compositional strategies in order to discuss the potential of 'resistant' musical phenomena in terms of their political, social, economic, and aesthetic impact on contemporary musical cultures.

Expected learning outcomes and competencies:
- In-depth insights into 20th century music aesthetics and history.
- Critical reflection skills as well as independent development of source texts and their contextualization.
- Acquisition and critical application of techniques and methods for musical analysis.

Assessment and permitted materials

- Preparation of the literature
- Active participation in discussions
- Presentation
- Seminar paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- Regular and active participation (maximum 3 units unexcused absence)
- Impulse presentation
- Seminar paper

Examination topics

see above

Reading list

Simon Reynolds, Rip it up and start again: Postpunk (1978-1984), London: Faber&Faber2005.

Simon Reynolds, Totally Wired, Postpunk Interviews and Overviews, London: Faber Faber, 2009.

Nick Crossley, Networks of Sound, Style and Subversion. The Punk and Post-Punk Worlds of Manchester, London, Liverpool and Sheffield, 1975-1980. Manchester: Manchester Univ.
Press, 2015.

Cyrus Shahan, Punk rock and German Crisis: Adaption and Resistance after 1977, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Association in the course directory

MA: M01, M02, M03, M04, M05, M10, M11, M13

Last modified: Fr 07.01.2022 19:09