New U2 Studies Journal Launched

Call for submissions
Achtung! The U2 Studies Journal

Achtung! The U2 Studies Journal, a peer-reviewed semi-annual e-journal, announces the launch of its website and a call for papers for its May 2012 issue. The journal welcomes submissions from academics, students, lay-scholars and fans.

Achtung! publishes critical analyses investigating the connections between U2 and its relationships to music, art, design, film, literature, theology/spirituality, theater, and politics in their broadest definitions over time. Readers will be able to print content on demand at no charge. The journal is not affiliated with U2.

Founded by Scott Calhoun ( and Arlan Elizabeth Hess (, Achtung!’s mission is to connect U2 fans with inquisitive critics and readers; to publish critical analyses exploring the music, work and influence of the band; and to promote debate about the band’s significance and consequence. According to Calhoun, the journal seeks to “reflect the commitment and dedication of the band to its audience and to fortify the emerging field of U2 studies.”

Calhoun edited and contributed to Exploring U2: Is This Rock ‘n’ Roll? (Scarecrow 2011), directs the U2 Conference (, writes for the news website @U2 (, and is an Associate Professor of English at Cedarville University.

Hess is author of “U2 1980-1983: Portrait of the Artists as Young Men,” “Tearing Down the Walls That Hold Them Inside: U2 and the Irish Search for Transcendence,” and “’On Your Knees, Boy’: U2 and the Feminine Divine.” She writes for the news website @U2 (, and is a Lecturer at Washington & Jefferson College.

Members of Achtung!’s advisory board include Stephen Catanzarite (Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center), Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone), Will Hermes (New York Times), Alan Light (former Editor-in-Chief Spin, VIBE) and Ann Powers (LA Times and NPR Music).

For submission guidelines and more information, please visit the website