Popular Music and Society – Special Issue: Fandom

Call for papers
Guest editor, Mark Duffett

Popular Music and Society invites article proposals for a new special issue. Fandom is both a personal expression of emotional conviction and a complex, changing, multi-faceted social phenomenon that now encompasses both online and offline activity.

Popular Music and Society

The study of fandom is a scholarly niche that exists at the intersection of a wide range of interests and connections. It can be contextualized by wider media research (theory by scholars such as Henry Jenkins and Matt Hills; reception analysis; celebrity studies; ethnography; subcultural theory) and by direct research into popular music culture (ethnomusicology; research on listening; live music audiences; studies of music in everyday life). We invite papers with themes that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Fans as musicians / musicians as fans
  • The consumer marketplace, perceptions of the music industry
  • Collecting, listening, and other fan practices
  • Live music, local scenes, and fandom as living culture
  • Stereotyping, self-awareness, media representation, literature and fiction
  • Fandom and social identities (such as gender, age, disability, race)
  • Methodology, research practice, cultural theory
  • Histories, critiques of fandom as a response to mass culture
  • Taste, cultural capital, and the canon
  • Online participatory cultures
  • Case studies and ethnographies; personal narratives, memories, and investments
  • Stardom and celebrity; identification, reading, and textuality
  • Legacies of key representations (e.g., Fred Vermorel and Judy Vermorel’s book Starlust)
  • Modernity, religion, pathology, and the “cult” analogy
  • Differing fandoms / specific music genres
  • The fan community: insiders, outsiders, and the “ordinary” audience
  • Fan culture and the paradigm of performance
  • The uses of fandom: political activism, heritage, and tourism
  • Fandom, the family, and / or the life cycle

Send proposals of up to 500 words in the first instance. Contributions will be peer-reviewed for potential inclusion in the main section of the journal. Polemical papers will also be considered for inclusion in the Forum section. Indicate the name under which you would wish to be published, your professional/academic affiliations, a postal address, and preferred email contact. Deadline for submission of proposals is October 31, 2011. We would hope to commission articles by December 31, 2011, and deadline for submission of the articles will be July 31, 2012. Please email proposals to guest editor Mark Duffett