Smoke, Smell & Skins: Ritual Performance in Heavy Metal research seminar: Lindsay Bishop

Lindsay Bishop, having recently been interviewed on Radio 4 about her PhD at University College London, was invited by the chair of the Royal Anthropological Institute to present her research in the RAI city chambers. On 5th December 2018, Lindsay presented ‘Smoke, Smell & Skins: Ritual Performance in Heavy Metal’ as part of a seminar series at the Royal Anthropological Institute. 

In 2010 Lindsay Bishop conducted master’s fieldwork in the United Kingdom, her ethnography focused on British heavy metal, with an emphasis on the impact of metal on the daily lives of those in the community beyond live metal performances. In 2014 this project would act as pilot research for Bishop’s doctoral ethnography focusing on contemporary live heavy metal performance. This seminar examined the role of kinship in the continued functioning and growth of the heavy metal community. It looked at material culture, noise and ritual physical practices that are learned and passed on across several generations.

Lindsay Bishop is an anthropology PhD candidate at University College London. She has taught Visual Culture with a specialism in contemporary subcultures at the University of the West of England since 2011. Since 2013 she has been invited to present her ongoing research findings both nationally and internationally and continues to develop audio visual materials to accompany her written thesis.

Photographed by Lindsay, the American heavy metal band ‘Fear Factory’. Lindsay has been on tour with many bands as part of her research in the field.