Jazz and Totalitariansim

Call for chapters
Jazz Under Totalitarian Regimes
Transnational Studies in Jazz Series

This is a call for proposals for essays on jazz under totalitarian regimes, to be proposed for publication in the new Routledge Transnational Studies in Jazz series. The chief editor will be Bruce Johnson.

Broadly speaking, totalitarianism is here understood to be a regime in which the state seeks to control all aspects of public and private life. There is a diverse range of ideologies on which a totalitarian state might be founded, both secular and religious. In the present instance there is some flexibility, subject to argument. Examples of totalitarian regimes can be illustrated from the list below of proposals already foreshadowed, and new proposals are advised to avoid duplicating case studies on that list, unless the focus is on a very specific issue:

Jazz in contemporary China; the Salazar dictatorship in Portugal; the Franco dictatorship in Spain; Fascism under Mussolini in Italy; Stalinism in Estonia; Nazi Germany; Apartheid South Africa.

This wide-ranging list is, alas, by no means exhaustive; one significant category not yet included, for example, is theocracy.

Deadline for proposals is the end of November 2013. Proposals should be no more than a 300-word summary of the topic and the broad outline of the argument as anticipated at this time, with some indication of the sources to be used. Proposals will be assessed by members of an editorial subcommittee.

The proposal should be accompanied by full author details:
– Name
– Academic or other affiliation (which might include freelance scholar)
– Postal address
– Email address
– A one-page CV summary, and in addition a list, or one-page sample list, of publications

Please submit all proposals to Bruce Johnson as a simple email attachment at bruce.johnson@mq.edu.au

Receipt of all proposals will be acknowledged by email, and decisions will follow when the selection committee has made its deliberations.

The final submission should not exceed 8000 words. Shorter essays might be considered, but all proposals should in the first instance be addressed to the editor. The author of each article will be responsible for any copyright obligations in respect of her/his submission. All final submissions will be double-blind peer-refereed.