Welcome to The International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK and Ireland Branch

Handbook of Popular Music Methodologies

Posted: September 23rd, 2021 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

We are seeking expressions of interest from scholars whose research is focused on popular music to contribute towards a handbook that surveys the diversity of approaches in its study. Drawing upon up-to-date and newly emerging writing, this handbook aims to offer an authoritative overview and critique of popular music methodologies, with topics including (but not restricted to):

  • LGBTQAI+ (including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, asexual, and intersex) theory
  • feminisms
  • popular music and masculinities
  • race and ethnicities
  • intersectionality
  • histories of popular music
  • popular music, politics and social justice
  • pedagogical approaches towards popular music
  • colonialism/post-colonialism
  • globalisation/glocalisation/hybridity
  • postmodernism/meta-modernism/post-postmodernism
  • post-subcultures, scenes, etc.
  • popular music and digital cultures
  • spirituality and wellbeing
  • music industries (streaming revenues, business infrastructures, night-time economies, pre/post-COVID-19)
  • ecomusicology
  • popular music and graphic design
  • popular music and the moving image (including music videos, film scores, and video games)
  • popular music and live performance
  • genre
  • reception
  • critique of popular musicology
  • popular music and creativity, production and technology

As a guideline, please propose a chapter that will serve as a reference point on current scholarship in your area of popular music research, paying particular attention to newly established and emerging fields. The contribution should not merely constitute a summary of previous research, but should also be an in-depth investigation to cover genuinely new ground, while addressing scholars who require access to the current state of scholarship in your field.

Each chapter will be, at the most, 7000 words long, including bibliographic references and footnotes.


Interested contributors should provide a 250-word abstract of chapter and short bio by December 1st 2021 to:

[email protected], [email protected] or [email protected]

Notification of acceptance: January 1st 2022
Submission of draft full chapter: June 1st 2022

For more information about the project in general, the timetable, or to discuss your ideas please contact the following:

Dr Mike Dines: [email protected]
Dr Fiorenzo Palermo: [email protected]
Dr Shara Rambarran: [email protected]

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