Paula Guerra

Paula Guerra is convenor of KISMIF Conference. She is Professor of Sociology at Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto (FLUP, Portugal), and senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Porto (IS-UP, Portugal), Centre for the Study of Geography and Spatial Planning (CEGOT, Portugal) and Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith Centre for Cultural Research (GCCR, Australia). She has coordinated and participated in various (national and international) research projects subordinated to the themes of youth culture, popular music, sociology of arts and culture and especially the particular case studies of indie rock, underground music scenes, DIY and punk. She is the coordinator of the research project “Keep it Simple, Make it Fast!” ( which is in the origin of KISMIF Conference. Paula Guerra published recently the books A instável leveza do rock [The unstable lightness of rock] (2013), As palavras do punk [The words of punk] (2015), More than Loud (2015), On the road to the American underground (2015) and she is author of some scientific articles published in journals such as Critical Arts, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Popular Music and Society, Journal of Sociology, Punk & Post Punk, Portuguese Journal of Social Sciences, among others. Here, you can read a recent Paula’ article Today Your Style, Tomorrow The World: punk, fashion and visual imaginary


Research interests

Youth cultures, popular music, sociology of arts and culture, research methodology, cultural policies, cultural studies, DIY culture, media and culture, fanzines, design, illustration, punk rock, urban cultures, popular cultures, cultural industries, cultural mediation, cultural production and artistic creation.







Guerra, P. & Quintela, P. (Eds.) (2020). Punk, Fanzines and DIY Cultures in a Global World – Fast, Furious and Xerox. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Bennett, A. & Guerra, P. (Eds.) (2019) – DIY Cultures and Underground Music Scenes. London and New York: Routledge. 

Guerra, P. & Z., P. (2019) – Educational contexts of cultural resistance in Poland and Portugal. An introduction to research. Kwartalnik Pedagogiczny. Issue 64 (3 (253)). pp. 155-172. 

Dines, M., Gordon, A., Guerra, P., & Bestley, R. (Eds.) (2019) – The Punk Reader: Research Transmissions from the Local and the Global. London: Intellect. 

Guerra, P. (2019). The song is still a ‘weapon’: The Portuguese identity in times of crisis. YOUNG – Nordic Journal of Youth Research. DOI: 10.1177/1103308819829603, pp. 1-18. 

Garrigós, C., Triana, N., & Guerra, P. (2019). God Save the Queens. Pioneras del Punk. [God Save the Queens. Pioneers of the Punk]. Barcelona: 66 RPM EDICIONS. 

Guerra, P. & Menezes, P. (2019). Dias de insurreição em busca do sublime: as cenas punk portuguesas e brasileiras [Insurrection days in search of the sublime: the portuguese and brazilian punk scenes]. Sociedade e Estado, v. 34. Nº 02 (2019), pp. 485-512. 

Guerra, P. (2019). Angels with dirty faces: punk, moda e iconoclastias contemporâneas [Angels with dirty faces: punk, fashion and contemporary iconoclasts]. dObra[s]. Associação Brasileira de Estudos e Pesquisas em Moda (Abepem). v. 12, n. 26 (2019), pp. 124-149. 

Guerra, P. (2018) – Raw Power: Punk, DIY and Underground Cultures as Spaces of Resistance in Contemporary Portugal. Cultural Sociology. Vol 12, Issue 2, pp. 241–259. 

Silva, A. S., Guerra, P., & Santos, H. (2018). When art meets crisis: the Portuguese story and beyond. Sociologia, Problemas e Práticas. N. º 86, pp. 27-43. 

Guerra, P., Bittencourt, L., & Gelain, G. (2018). “Punk Fairytale”: Popular Music, Media, and the (Re)Production of Gender. In M. Texler Segal & V. Demos (Eds.). Gender and the Media: Women’s Places (pp. 49 – 68.) Volume 26 Emerald Publishing Limited. Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited. 

Silva, A. S. & Guerra, P. (2015). As palavras do punk [The words of punk]. Lisboa: Alêtheia. 

Guerra, P. & Silva, A. S. (2015). Music and more than music: The approach to difference and identity in the Portuguese punkEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies. Vol. 18, n.º 2, pp.207-223. 

Guerra, P. & Bennett, A. (2015). Never Mind the Pistols? The Legacy and Authenticity of the Sex Pistols in Portugal. Popular Music and Society. Vol. 38, n.º 4, p. 500-521. 

Guerra, P.  (2015). Keep it rocking: the social space of Portuguese alternative rock (1980–2010). Journal of Sociology. 52(4), pp. 615-630.

Guerra, P. (2014). Punk, expectations, breaches and metamorphoses: Portugal, 1977–2012Critical Arts. Vol. 28, n.º 1, pp. 111-122.