Call For Submissions: Music and Identity

Music & Politics in the Moment (M&PITM) is currently accepting articles for our third biannual publication on the theme of music and identity. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2022.

Music has the potential to create profound connections to the formation and performance of identity, often reflecting myriad contemporary social tensions and communicating individuals’ personal notions of inclusion/exclusion, social belonging, and positionality. In this curated collection, we seek perspectives on the relationship between music—as performance, composition, analysis, as an object for listening, and any other form of musicking—and various expressions of identity. Possible topics could include how music can actively influence the formation of identities, how it relates to one’s own identity, how it communicates feelings of (non-)belonging relating to personal identities, how it can be a result of personal experiences of identity, or any other topic relating to the connection between music and identity. 

Music & Politics in the Moment is a space for discussion on pressing contemporary events and music. It is an open-access website led by graduate students and designed as an excursus to Music & Politics, but with a particular emphasis on present-day politics. Its areas of interest include, but are not limited to, “the impact of politics on the lives of musicians and musical communities, music as a form of political discourse, the influences of ideology on musical historiography, and pedagogical issues and strategies pertaining to the study of music and politics in the classroom.” M&PITM negotiates the dual issues of accessibility in academia and the need for a timely avenue for critical conversation by taking the form of an open-access web-based journal.

M&PITM addresses pressing contemporary issues that would, in a typical journal publication process, lose their timeliness. Alongside blog posts that are accepted on a rolling basis, informal articles for the biannual, themed publication (such as the one advertised here) will be selected by our editorial board, which includes graduate students in the departments of ethnomusicology, historical musicology, and music theory at the University of Michigan and other affiliated scholars.

Submission Guidelines

Documents should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Submit to this Google Form.
  • Submit a Microsoft Word file. 
  • Submissions of first drafts should be shorter and less formal than traditional journal articles (with a soft limit around 4,000 words).
  • Include an abstract (around 200 words).
  • All materials, including footnotes/endnotes and bibliographies, should adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition).
  • M&PITM is particularly interested in integrating website-friendly formats like multimedia, interactive elements, etc., so please feel free to describe or include those in your submission.