Music operates simultaneously as an object of, an accessory to, and a production of fandom. Though this phenomenon has been addressed by scholars such as Henry Jenkins, Solomon Davidoff, and Mark Duffett, the use and production of music remains a relatively ignored area of research within the field of fan studies. This leaves a wide variety of important fan practices unexplored, including music-making (filk, geek rock, wizard rock, fanvids, and cover bands), the hybridization of media in fan creations (i.e., music in fan fiction, music in fanvids, and music in LARPing and Cosplay), fan performance and recording practices, and music-making as a community-building exercise within fandom, to name a few.
The editors invite article proposals for a special issue of The Journal of Fandom Studies that critically investigate the intersections between music and fandom. As fan studies is an inherently interdisciplinary field, we welcome scholars from a variety of disciplines (musicology, ethnomusicology, media and communication studies, ethnography, social/subcultural theory, philosophy, etc.) to contribute. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Adaptation and Labor
Amateur music-making and musical training within fandom
Fans as musical producers/fan-musicians
Music and anti-fandom
Music and convention culture
Music and cult media fandom (movies, television shows, web serials, video games, comics, novels, etc.)
Nonwestern, global, and transnational music fandoms
Popular music fandom
Music and sports fandom
Music and DIY Culture
Musical fan communities
Music as fan ritual
Music’s relationship to other fan-created media (fan fiction, fanvids, podcasts, etc.)
Music and historical (re)enactment
Music as a site for national, communal, and personal identity negotiation
Present and past music fandoms
To submit, please send proposals of no more than 500 words in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 1, 2015. Up to two additional pages of musical examples and/or references may also be included, though this is not required. The proposal should include name of the author, institutional affiliation, and the title of the proposal. Accepted proposals will be notified by March 1, 2015, and completed articles will be expected by September 1, 2015, for publication in October 2016.
Jessica L. Getman
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Aya Esther Hayashi
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
The Journal of Fandom Studies is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal published by Intellect. The multi-disciplinary nature of fan studies makes the development of a community of scholars sometimes difficult to achieve. The Journal of Fandom Studies offers scholars a dedicated publication that promotes current scholarship in the fields of fan and audience studies across a variety of media. We focus on the critical exploration, within a wide range of disciplines and fan cultures, of issues surrounding production and consumption of popular media (including film, music, television, sports and gaming). The Journal of Fandom Studies aims to address key issues, while also fostering new areas of enquiry that take us beyond the bounds of current scholarship.