Kirsty Lohman

Dr Kirsty Lohman

Surrey Research Fellow



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Lohman Kirstin (2018) De/constructing DIY identities in a trans music scene,Sexualities SAGE Publications
The emergence of ?trans? as a social and political movement and identity has created the conditions for the creation of a new music scene, organized around the gender(ed) identities of those involved rather than musical genre.
This paper examines the parallels between the attitude taken towards gender(ed) identity and the organization of events in the United Kingdom?s trans music scene. Both entail de/construction through strategies of 'genre evasion' (Steinholt, 2012) and 'cut-and-paste' (Bornstein, 1994). This de/constructive process crosses boundaries and opens possibilities, enabling new modes of organization alongside new ways of understanding culture and identity.
Lohman K (2018) Punks against censorship: Negotiating acceptable politics in the Dutch fanzine Raket,In: Worley M (eds.), Ripped, Torn and Cut: Punk, Politics and fanzines Manchester University Press
Punk took root in The Netherlands in 1977, with scores of new bands forming through 1978?80. As with elsewhere, punk?s mix of spectacular imagery, nihilism and/or radical politics, shock value and a do-it-yourself approach appealed to young people.
Also in the late 1970s, the port city of Rotterdam was undergoing a process of deindustrialisation and automation. It was still being rebuilt, both literally and figuratively, following near-annihilation during the Second World War. The city?s teenagers worked together to create strong subcultural and artistic networks, heavily influenced by left-wing political groups actively vying for attention.
Lohman Kirsty, Raghunath Anita (2019) Editorial: Notes In The Margins,Punk and Post Punk 8 (2) pp. 189-192 Intellect Books
Recently, and particularly in the wake of the 40th anniversary of punk in the
United Kingdom, there has been a growing trend to reflect on the importance
of defining and understanding the legacy of punk and its importance in shaping
our cultures and societies both in Europe and beyond. There is no doubt
that punk as a countercultural movement created reverberations that have,
over four decades, had tangible effects both on individuals who identify themselves
as punk and those outside the scene. Punk has encouraged a spirit of
questioning and provided a counterpoint to apathy and blind acceptance of
authority and convention in far-reaching aspects of all our lives. However, the
nostalgic Zeitgeist of our academic reflection has also brought a number of
complex issues to the fore that now demand a re-examination of how punk
has entered our collective memory and our lived experience.
Lohman Kirsty, Pearce Ruth (2019) DIY identities in a DIY scene: trans music events in the UK,In: The Emergence of Trans: Cultures, Politics and Everyday Lives Routledge
The past three decades have seen the emergence of an increasingly vigorous and outspoken trans movement in the United Kingdom. Resulting political and social changes have been accompanied by an increasing number of individuals willing to disclose their trans status and be publicly trans. With the development of ?new modes? and ?different codes? of trans identity and political activism (Whittle, 1998: 393), and an increasingly visible trans population, the stand-alone trans has also come to operate as an organising category for cultural forms. Whereas previous terminologies such as ?transsexual?, ?transvestite? (and perhaps even ?transgender?) provided more distinct categorical accounts of gender-variant possibility, ?trans? is intentionally open and ? like ?queer? ? refuses any clear or coherent definition (Pearce, Steinberg and Moon, 2019). In this chapter, we reflect on what it might mean to ?do? trans in a contemporary cultural context, in the tradition of recent accounts of trans music, theatre and performance (see, for instance Halberstam, 2005; Kumpf, 2016; Gossett, Stanley and Burton, 2017; Jaime, 2017; Landry, 2018).
This book is the first in-depth, ethnographic study of the Dutch punk scene. It questions the artificial boundaries of subcultural research, calling for a critical analysis of the distinctions drawn between subcultural and everyday lives, and between localised and globalised subcultures. The everyday experiences of punk are framed within the mobile and connected global subculture of which they are a part. It traces its emergence in the 1970s and its development through to 2010, with chapters that map Dutch punk historically and spatially. Further chapters explore the meanings and practices attached to punk by its participants before focusing in particular on the political affiliations of punks. This book argues for an approach to social research that recognises the ?messiness? and the ?connectedness? of punk and of the social world.