Programme available for download here: Quadrophenia Program (updated 7th July)


Here by the Sea and Sand: A Symposium on Quadrophenia

sponsored by the Centre for Modernist Studies, the Centre for Visual Fields, the Centre for Research into Childhood and Youth, University of Sussex, and the Interdisciplinary Network for the study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change

Thursday 10 July

2-3:30 Quadrophenia walking tour ( of Brighton on Thursday afternoon at 2:00. The walk will leave from the pier at 2:00 and take approximately 90 minutes. If you are interested please contact Lyn Neville directly at, or by telephone: 07775870195. (Cost of this is not included in registration.)

6-8:30 Showing of Quadrophenia at Duke of York’s Cinema, Brighton
Franc Roddam (director of Quadrophenia) will lead a discussion/Q and A session after the showing.
With the participation of Alan Fletcher (story consultant on Quadrophenia and author of Quadrophenia the novel)

NOTE: If you register for the conference in advance via our website, the cost of the Quadrophenia showing is included in the symposium price. If you are not pre-registered you will have to pay at the door.

Friday 11 July

9:00-9:45 Registration: Fulton Building, University of Sussex (All talks in Fulton A)

9:45-10:00 Conference welcome by Pam Thurschwell

10:00-10:30 Paolo Hewitt reading from The Sharper Word: A Mod Anthology

10:30-11:45 Mods and Quads: International perspectives

Christine Feldman-Barrett (Griffith University, Australia): Beyond Brighton, Beyond Britain: Quadrophenia and the Post-1960s Mod Diaspora

Suzanne Coker: Quad to Run: on Quadrophenia and Born to Run

Simon Wells: Quadrophenia Fans: A Way of Life

11:45-12:00 Coffee/Tea break

12:00-1:15 “You’re watching movies trying to find the feelers”: Quadrophenia as Cult Film

Dolores Tierney (University of Sussex) :Quadrophenia as a ‘new’ cult musical

Stephen Glynn (De Montfort University): “Dressed Up Better Than Anyone”: Quadrophenia and the Cult Film Experience

Andy Medhurst (University of Sussex): From Soho down to Brighton: Capital, Coast and Quadrophenia

1:15-2:15 Lunch

2:15-3:30 The Who in History

Keith Gildart (University of Wolverhampton): Class, Youth and Dirty Jobs: Exploring continuity and change in post-war England through Pete Townshend’s Quadrophenia

Sam Cooper (University of Sussex): Heat Wave: The Who, the Mods and the Cultural Turn

Ben Winsworth (University of Orleans): “Who (the Fuck) are You?”: Out with the In Crowd in Quadrophenia (1973)

3:30-4:00 Coffee/Tea break

4:00-5:15 Reading Quadrophenia

Tom Wright (University of Sussex): 5:15: Mods, Mobility and the Brighton Train

Pam Thurschwell (University of Sussex)“You were under the impression that when you were walking forward, you’d end up further onward, but things ain’t quite that simple”: Quadrophenia’s segues and historical impasse

Brian Baker (Lancaster University): The Drowning Machine: the sea and the scooter in Quadrophenia

5:30-6:30 Keynote: James Wood (Harvard University)

Friday evening: visit to pub, rumble on beach, etc.

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