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We are seeking expressions of interest from scholars whose research is focused on popular music to contribute towards a handbook that surveys the diversity of approaches in its study.

Drawing upon up-to-date and newly emerging writing, this handbook aims to offer an authoritative overview and critique of popular music methodologies, with topics including (but not restricted to):

LGBTQAI+ (including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, asexual, and intersex) theory
popular music and masculinities
race and ethnicities
histories of popular music
popular music, politics and social justice
pedagogical approaches towards popular music
post-subcultures, scenes, etc.
popular music and digital cultures
spirituality and wellbeing
music industries (streaming revenues, business infrastructures, night-time economies, pre/post-COVID-19)
popular music and graphic design
popular music and the moving image (including music videos, film scores, and video games)
popular music and live performance
critique of popular musicology
popular music and creativity, production and technology

As a guideline, please propose a chapter that will serve as a reference point on current scholarship in your area of popular music research, paying particular attention to newly established and emerging fields.

The contribution should not merely constitute a summary of previous research, but should also be an in-depth investigation to cover genuinely new ground, while addressing scholars who require access to the current state of scholarship in your field.

Each chapter will be, at the most, 7000 words long, including bibliographic references and footnotes.

Interested contributors should provide a 250-word abstract of chapter and short bio by December 1st 2021 to:
M.Dines -at-, S.Palermo -at- or S.Rambarran -at-

Notification of acceptance: January 1st 2022
Submission of draft full chapter: June 1st 2022

For more information about the project in general, the timetable, or to discuss your ideas please contact the following:

Dr Mike Dines: M.Dines -at-
Dr Fiorenzo Palermo: S.Palermo  -at-
Dr Shara Rambarran: S.Rambarran  -at- 

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