Underground and Mainstream in Cultural Production in Britain and Ireland since 1979

Date : 14 mars 2019
Horaire : 09h30-19h30
Lieu : Université de Toulon | Campus du Centre Ville | Salles FA.610 et FA.701 | 70 Avenue Roger Devoucoux | Toulon

Journée d’étude coorganisée par John Mullen (Université de Rouen Normandie – ERIAC) et Frédéric Armao (Université de Toulon – Babel), avec le soutien du laboratoire Babel (EA 2649 – Université de Toulon), du Centre de Recherches et d’Etudes en Civilisation Britannique (CRECIB) et de l’ERIAC (EA 4705 – Université de Rouen Normandie).

Underground music, underground cinema, underground hip hop culture, underground scene … the idea of “underground” originally connected to clandestine resistance networks under oppressive regimes, has frequently been linked to different activities of cultural production. Often claimed by practitioners themselves as a badge of honour, or a sign that they have managed to partially break free from market forces, it contrasts with the label “mainstream” usually attributed from the outside, or left unsaid. Mainstream cinema, mainstream contemporary art, and so on.

Our day conference aims at looking at these two concepts and some of the ways they have played out in Britain and Ireland in recent decades. We take 1979 as a starting point given its reputation as the beginning of a long period of domination of neoliberal ideology little associated with “underground values”. The explorations during this day conference might include some of the following questions, but other angles are welcome. Areas examined will include popular music, public cultural policy, visual arts, theatre, cinema, journalism and sport.



10h30 – John Mullen (Université de Rouen Normandie), Perceptions de “Underground” et “Mainstream” dans la culture britannique au XXIe siècle.

10h45 Mathilde Bertrand (Université Bordeaux-Montaigne), Against the Grain: Community Photography into the 1980s.

11h15Youssef Ferdjani (Université de Toulon), From the Bristol underground scene to Sotheby’s: The paradoxical status of Banksy.

12h00 Pause méridienne

14h15Philippe Birgy (Université Toulouse II Jean Jaurès), From Post-Punk to PC Music: Subcultural discourses and practices in two underground scenes (1979, 2015).

14h45 Jeremy Tranmer (Université de Lorraine), Independent labels in the 1980s: between the underground and the mainstream.

15h15 Pause café

15h45Frank Rynne (Université de Cergy-Pontoise), From the Sweet Vale of Avoca to The Guns of Brixton: A testimonial of 3 decades in the counterculture in Dublin and London with Frank Rynne.

16h15 Frédéric Armao (Université de Toulon), Underground” et “Mainstream” au Royaume-Uni et en Irlande : enjeux et perspectives.

16h30Clôture de la journée d’étude

19h30 Dîner en ville



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