March 2016, Art for all: a contested field of practice
at Conway Hall, London. Details here.
April 2014, Habit, place and value: utilizing Bourdieusian theory
at Club Critical Theory, Railway, Hotel, Southend-on-Sea (text-based version available here).
May 2013, In it to win it: modern masculinities, competitiveness and the dialectics of class and gender
at Future Sex: Gender in Neoliberalism and Beyond Seminar, Centre for Cultural Studies Research, University of East London.
September 2011, Striving for capital in the suburban wasteland: why social class is still relevant to the construction of youth scenes in Britain
at The Inaugural Symposium of the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change, London Metropolitan University.
June 2011, 'I'm a man': the interrelation between social class and softer masculinities in the work of Jarvis Cocker
at Softer Masculinities Symposium, Centre for Cultural Studies Research, University of East London.
July 2010, Working-class youth and social mobility: the case of glam rock
at Youth 2010: Identities, Transitions, Cultures (BSA), University of Surrey.
July 2010, “Likely lads” and “ear’oles”: working-class youth and popular culture
at MeCCSA Postgraduate Conference, University of Glasgow.
May 2010, Remade and remodelled: identity and the uses of popular music
at Framing the Self: Anxieties of Identity in Literature & Culture, 1800 – Present, University of Portsmouth.
June 2012. Recruited by Added Value to advise on contemporary masculinities.
Spring 2012. Listen To This: A Celebration of Popular Music, partnership with Metal Culture.
Branch, Andrew. 2014. "It's where you come from that makes you who you are": suburban youth and social class, in The Subcultures Network (ed.) Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change, Cambridge Scholars. Available here.
UEL Impact Project Grant (2.5k). Awarded 2016.
Leverhulme Trust: Class, Place, Value: The Spatialization of Entitlement (140k). Application pending 2013.
UEL Early Career Researcher Accelerator Grant (6.5k). Awarded 2013.
"What has often been described as the tendency of bourgeois language to abstraction, formalism, intellectualism and euphemistic moderation, should be seen primarily as the expression of a socially constituted disposition towards language...The distinguished distance, prudent ease and contrived naturalness which are the foundations of every code of society manners, are opposed to the expressiveness or expressionism of working-class language, which manifests itself in the tendency to move from particular case to particular case...to shun the bombast of fine words and the turgidity of grand emotions, through banter, rudeness and ribaldry..."
Pierre Bourdieu and Jean-Claude Passeron
Branch, Andrew. 2014. 'Stop flexing your roots, man': Reconversion strategies, consecrated heretics and the violence of UK first-wave punk. Punk and Post Punk, Volume 3, Number 1, April, pp. 21-39(19). Available here.
Quoted in Sanders, I. 2012. Think first, tweet later. Financial Times 01 November 2012, p. 14. Available online via the FT subscription service.
2015. The Journey Eastward. Trawler.
Metal Culture's Estuary Festival.
Panel Chair at the Sound of The Thames Delta event, 1 & 2 October 2016.
Musicians, writers, artists, film-makers and broadcasters examine the relationship between place and music, at the end of the world’s longest pier in Southend-on-Sea.
Branch, Andrew. 2016. Space invaders and the value of art. Conway Actants. Arts Council England/University of Leeds. Available here.
2016. Essex Futures Conference: introductory remarks
2016. Essex Futures Conference: concluding remarks