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Dear colleagues,

Please find below the CFP for the edited collection, 'Singing Out: The Musical Voice in Audiovisual Media'. A full version can be found at

Best wishes,
Catherine and Beth

*Singing Out: The Musical Voice in Audiovisual Media*

From the musical numbers of The Jazz Singer and the reality drama of BBC 2’s The Choir, through to the playback stars of commercial Hindi cinema and the competitive performance of karaoke video games, singing has and continues to play a central and special role in multimedia. The act of singing emphasises the gendered, raced, aged, and classed body, and the identifying markers of the voice itself. It draws attention to vocal production in a way that is not only sonically compelling, but also often emotionally acute. It can heighten communication, act as an aid to memory and product placement, and invite judgement from both professional and armchair critics – something the TV talent show has commodified as entertainment in itself. Singing both demarcates and breaks down textual and conceptual boundaries: between narrative and number; professional and amateur; transparency and manipulation; authenticity and the performative; and pathos and camp. As Laing (2000) argues, song ‘transfigures’ speech: it offers both performers and listeners an intensity of experience, of emotion, of being that gives it a special status both on the soundtrack and in the circulation of musical texts outside it.

The collection will explore a broad range of singing voices and sung moments, from lavish musical sequences to the ‘artless’ singing discussed by Gorbman (2011), and from television and cinema through to video games, online and mobile platforms, advertising, and multimedia installation work.

This is an all-singing and open call for submissions, but suggested possible topics are listed at We invite contributions from film, media, cultural studies, and music researchers, creative practitioners, and industry professionals, and are keen to hear from as broad and representative a range of voices as possible.

**Formal proposal (c. 300 words) to be submitted by 1st May 2021 to singingcollection -at- The final timeline for the project will be confirmed with the publisher, but chapters will be due in spring 2022.**

Informal enquiries can be sent to either Dr Catherine Haworth (c.m.haworth -at- or Dr Beth Carroll (e.carroll -at- 

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