CfS: Journal of World Popular Music

We are pleased to announce a call for submission of articles for the new Journal of World Popular Music (first issue to be published in June 2014). Articles may focus on the study of world popular music in all its forms and from a variety of academic and other perspectives, including any local popularized musics of the world, commercially available music of non-Western origin, musics of ethnic minorities, and contemporary fusions or collaborations with local ‚traditional‘ or ‚roots‘ musics with Western pop and rock musics.

Moreover, we welcome reviews of relevant books, special issues, magazines, CDs, websites, DVDs, online music releases, exhibitions, artwork, radio programs and world music festivals. Currently, we wish to specifically commission reviews of the following: Songlines Magazine; WOMAD festival; National Geographic World Music website; and a variety of book titles. Please contact the reviews editor.

We also invite alternative means of representing research and scholarship through creative and visual means (e.g., photography; poetry; artwork), and through audio and video means.

About JWPM

The Journal of World Popular Music is a peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes research and scholarship on recent issues and debates surrounding international popular musics, also known as World Music, Global Pop, World Beat, or (more recently) World Music 2.0. The journal provides a forum to explore the manifestations and impacts of post-globalizing trends, processes, and dynamics surrounding these musics today.

Placing specific emphasis on contemporary, interdisciplinary, and international perspectives, the journal’s special features include empirical research and scholarship into the (global) creative and music industries, the participants of World Music, the musics themselves and their representations in all media forms today, among other relevant themes and issues; alongside explorations of recent ideas and perspectives from popular music, ethnomusicology, anthropology, musicology, communication, media and cultural studies, sociology, geography, art and museum studies, and other fields with a scholarly focus on world popular music.

Special Issues

Beside general issues containing articles of differing topics and approaches to the study of World Popular Music, the journal will also feature special guest-edited issues that bring together contributions under a unifying theme or geographical area. If you wish to propose a special issue for the journal, please contact the editor.

Editorial Team

Editor: Simone Krüger, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom (
Reviews Editor: Sarah Baker, Griffith University, Australia (

Editorial Board

  • Akosua Adomako Ampofo, University of Ghana, Ghana
  • Harris M. Berger, Texas A&M University, United States
  • Johannes Brusila, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
  • Thomas Burkhalter, Züricher Hochschule der Künste, Switzerland
  • Veit Erlmann, University of Texas, Austin, United States
  • Lucy Durán, SOAS, United Kingdom
  • Kevin Dawe, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Simon Frith, Edinburgh University, United Kingdom
  • Anthony Y.H. Fung, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Reebee Garofalo, University of Massachusetts Boston, United States
  • Andreas Gebesmair, Fachhochschule St. Pölten, Austria
  • Lucy Green, University of London, United Kingdom
  • Fabian Holt, University of Roskilde, Denmark
  • Peter Manuel, City University of New York, United States
  • Tony Mitchell, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • Motti Regev, The Open University of Israel, Israel
  • Carol Silverman, University of Oregon, United States
  • Alfred Smudits, Universität für Darstellende Kunst und Musik Wien, Austria
  • Martin Stokes, King’s College London, United Kingdom
  • Tim Taylor, University of California, Los Angeles, United States
  • Felipe Trotta, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil

Further Information

For author guidelines, subscription details, and other relevant information, please see the publisher’s website:

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