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Bad Religion: Punk Politics, Philosophy, and Pedagogy

Posted: June 26th, 2023 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Call for Chapters


  • Ellen Bernhard, Assistant Professor of Digital Communication, Georgian Court University, US
  • Paul Fields, Senior Lecturer in Music, Buckinghamshire New University, UK

Contact: [email protected]

Deadline for Submissions: 31 July 2023

With over 40 years of experience, 17 studio albums, and an extensive (and continuing) touring schedule, Bad Religion’s impact on music and culture is one worth investigating. The purpose of this edited volume will be to explore the impact of Bad Religion as a steadfast entity in a music genre notorious for its ephemeral tendencies. Because of this, we are interested in pursuing multidisciplinary perspectives on the subject of Bad Religion, seeking academic contributions that will examine different elements of the band’s decades-long tenure in order to demonstrate how Bad Religion’s role in punk rock’s history remains relevant today.

The purpose of this book is to contextualize the influence of the band Bad Religion and their impact on culture during their 40-year tenure. The editors seek submissions from across academic disciplines for an edited volume that will provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of Bad Religion’s significance and impact in punk rock.

 Possible chapter topics include (but are not limited to):

  • The impact of Epitaph Records and/or Bad Religion on the mainstream music industry
  • The global impact of Bad Religion as a punk band
  • Career longevity as a punk band
  • Bad Religion’s efforts on Atlantic Records/in the mainstream
  • Semiotic/rhetorical/thematic interpretations of Bad Religion’s songs, music videos, posters, merchandise, crossbuster logo, album art, etc.
  • The politics of Bad Religion
  • The history of Bad Religion
  • Live (and virtual) performances
  • Texts: Bad Religion documentaries, books, interviews, social media presence, etc.
  • Bad Religion merchandise
  • The political, social, cultural, and philosophical impact of Bad Religion
  • Bad Religion fandoms – virtual and real
  • PhDs and punk

 Abstracts of 300-500 words plus author biographies and institutional affiliations of 150-200 words are requested by 31 July 2023. The deadline for the finished chapter (approx. 7,000 words incl. references) is 31 January 2024.

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