Preliminary Programme

A Riot of Our Own: A Symposium on The Clash

University of Ulster, Belfast Campus, Northern Ireland

June 20 – 21, 2014

 Preliminary Programme

 (All talks are in the Conor Lecture theatre unless stated otherwise)


Friday June 20


11.30 Registration Begins, Foyer, Main Building, UU Belfast Campus, York Street.


1.00 – 2.15

Opening Remarks, Dr Colin Coulter (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

Keynote address by Professor David Hesmondhalgh (University of Leeds)

Six Things I Love and/or Hate About the Clash


2-30- 4.00

Parallel Sessions


Session A

‘Cashing in the bill of rights’? 
The Clash in New York, in myth and reality

Harry Browne (Dublin Institute of Technology)

‘The One Struggle: the music and politics of the Clash in an Australian context’

Alessandro Moliterno (The Australian National University)

Remembering the gig that never happened

Jonathan Hannon (National University of Ireland, Galway)


Session B (Boardroom, Floor 4)

What if Keith Levene had never left the Clash: Punk and the Politics of Novelty

Pete Dale (Manchester Metropolitan University)

The Clash and Fugazi: Punk Paths Toward Revolution

Mark Andersen (Independent Scholar)

Did punk really die the day The Clash signed to CBS?

Seamus Duggan (Independent Scholar)


4.00 – 4.30



4.30- 6.00

Keynote Address

The Clash and Musical Artistry: Against The Corporate Voice.

Caroline Coon (Artist, Writer, Manager of The Clash from 1978 to 1980).


6.30 – Later

Drinks reception in the Remedy Café/Bar on Fountain Street. The venue is reserved exclusively for the conference for the rest of the evening, so everyone is invited to stay and have dinner and a few drinks.


Saturday June 21


9.00 Registration Opens


9.30 – 11.00

Session C

A Long Way Away: London and New York in ‘Red Angel Dragnet’

James Peacock (Keele University)

Are you going backwards.  Or are you going forwards?’ – England Past & England Future in 1970s Punk

Ruth Adams (King’s College London)

The Clash: A teenage auto-ethnography

Martin James (Southampton Solent University)


11.00 – 11.30



11.30 – 12.30

Adrian Boot will discuss with Gavin Martin the iconic photos he took of The Clash in Belfast.


12.30 – 1.30

What Did The Clash Mean to Belfast/What Did Belfast Mean to The Clash?

Roundtable Discussion with Chris Salewicz, Paul Burgess (University College Cork) & Henry McDonald (The Guardian).

Chaired by Maeve Quigley (Irish Daily Mirror).


1.30 -2.15



2.15 -3.15

Keynote Address

The Clash, Revolution and the Dawn of Neoliberalism

Jason Toynbee (Open University)



Chris Salewicz will read from and discuss his biography of Joe Strummer,

Redemption Song.


 4.15 – 4.45



4.45 – 5.45

What Did The Clash Mean to Belfast/What Did Belfast Mean to The Clash? (Reprise)

Roundtable Discussion with Gavin Martin (Daily Mirror), Maureen Lawrence & Stuart Bailie (Oh Yeah Centre).

Chaired by Dr Noel McLaughlin (Northumbria University Newcastle).



Fundraiser for Strummerville in the Oh Yeah Centre headlined by Belfast legends Ruefrex. Further details to follow.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s