Popular Music Books in Process series

Call for Presentations, Popular Music Books in Process Series, October 2022

Dear friends,

Since spring of 2020, Popular Music Books in Process has curated online events for music writers, journalists, and scholars to showcase new books or works in progress for an engaged, interactive audience. The series (now running every second week, in season) is a collaboration between the Journal of Popular Music Studies, the Pop Conference, and IASPM-US. There have been 75 events so far, all preserved on YouTube.

We are inviting new proposals for the first half of 2023. If you are publishing a book between now and July, 2023, or have a work in progress, please let us know. (A few presentations are already lined up.)

The sessions run about 75 minutes maximum, always including a generous Q&A. Within that, all kinds of formats are welcome, from pre-recorded “digital lectures” (roughly 15 minutes) to group roundtables. Some authors have even incorporated live music. Whatever the case, we do encourage authors to make the events conversational — if you don’t have ideas for interlocutors or co-presenters, we may suggest some. Our YouTube archive shows the variety of strategies presenters have used.

Whatever the format, our focus remains books, whether early in gestation or after publication. We want to showcase popular-music writing of many kinds on many subjects, keeping our communities connected and welcoming new participants. Please feel free to share this call with others you think might be interested and appropriate.

For Winter-Spring 2023, please email to all five organizers by November 22, 2022:

— A proposal of about 300 words describing the book(s) that you (or you and others) would like to present, along with your preferred presentation format(s);

— Bios of about 100 words for each participant;

— An indication of which time period would be best for you between January and July; specific months or even (flexible) dates are encouraged.

Thank you!

Kimberly Mack, kimberly.Mack@utoledo.edu, University of Toledo

Francesca Royster, froyster@depaul.edu, DePaul University

Gus Stadler, gstadler@haverford.edu, Haverford College

Eric Weisbard, eric.Weisbard@gmail.com, University of Alabama

Carl Wilson, carlzoilus@gmail.com, Slate (and other venues)