A regular academic seminar of Research Centre for Contemporary Culture resumed
We resumed a regular academic seminar of Research Centre for Contemporary Culture (IGITI HSE). On September 23, IGITI Research assistant Alexandra Kolesnik presented a paper “Representation of the imperial past in British popular music culture of the 1970: the case of punk rock band the Clash”.
Focusing on acute issues of racism, problems of immigrants in Britain and the British colonies fighting for independence, the Clash, however, turned to historical themes. Drawing primarily scenes of national history of the former British colonies, and – more broadly – the different subjects of national wars, musicians presented critical view of British imperial past. On a wide range of sources Alexandra discussed the historical subjects ‘used’ by the Clash in the 1970s, cultural meaning of their utterance of the past.