Young Punks: The Etymology of 'Punk' as Subgenre

Conversations  |  General  |  Fiction  |  English  |  1 hr

26 Nov, Sun, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
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Steampunk and cyberpunk have been be the OGs of their sci-fi subgenre, but it looks like there are some new kids in town! Taking a look at young 'punks' like dieselpunk, biopunk, and even... oceanpunk(?!), we unpack the 'punk' suffix and why it has spawned so many variations. Is it a fetishising of technology or a commentary on technocracies out of control? What kind of tensions do they invite with our past and future? What ties all these punks together and what new punks are being born?

This programme is held in conjunction with the French Film Festival 2023’s screening of Mars Express




Joyce Chng's fiction has appeared in The Apex Book of World SF II, We See A Different Frontier, Cranky Ladies of History, Accessing The Future, The Future Fire and Anathema Magazine. Joyce also co-edited THE SEA IS OURS: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia with Jaymee Goh. Fire Heart, a YA fantasy under Scholastic Asia, is published in 2022. (Pronouns: she/her, they/their)