Call for Submissions: Music and Protest/Demonstration

Music & Politics in the Moment (M&PITM) is currently accepting articles for our first biannual publication on the theme of music and protest/demonstration. The deadline for submissions is July 16, 2021.

In recent years, protest and public demonstration have become ubiquitous acts of expression in reaction to the myriad social issues that have grown increasingly visible to the wider public. Protesters’ use of sound as a mobilizing entity in settings of social unrest invites an examination of music’s role in human(itarian) affairs. In this curated collection, we seek perspectives on music, sound, and protest from any area of music scholarship, including musicology, theory, composition, performance practice, ethnomusicology, music education, sound studies, electronic media, criticism, and any other field related to the theme of the publication.

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 in a format that allows for an efficient publication process. 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 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.