CfA: Music and the US South (Southern Spaces)

Southern Spaces:
“Music and the US South”
Deadline: March 17, 2014

Southern Spaces, a peer-reviewed, online journal, invites scholars, critics, writers, artists, and musicians to submit essays, photo essays, music essays, original documentaries, and digital projects for a new series „Music and the US South.“

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The impact on musics of migration into, out of, or within regions of the US South
  • Southern musics outside the US South
  • Intersections of music with place, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class
  • Native American musics, Latina/o musics, musics of immigrant groups
  • Local music scenes: punk, hardcore, rock, folk, hip-hop, emerging genres, etc.
  • Radio and television stations and musicians playing live on the radio
  • Material culture relating to musics of the US South and its regions
  • Recording companies and recording studios
  • Music and musical instrument stores
  • Concert and performance venues
  • Music making at home, in the workplace, and in public spaces
  • Sacred and religious music, religious musical cultures
  • Song collecting and recording
  • Archiving and archives of musics of the US South
  • Sound studies
  • Folklorization, heritagization, and festivalization
  • Memorialization and memory of music and musicians

In addition to essays, photo essays, and short videos, Southern Spaces will publish peer-reviewed music essays and digital projects as a part of this series. We imagine music essays as collections of audio recordings with accompanying text. Digital projects may take any of a number of forms. Please contact us if you have any questions about our process, infrastructure, or other aspects of digital project publishing. Southern Spaces editors are committed to assisting scholars at varying levels of technological proficiency. We will work with submitters on the process of producing image, sound, and video files for submissions. We will accept completed works as well as proposals. See our submissions guidelines for style and formatting.

Please submit proposals (350-700 words), essays, or projects to by March 17, 2014.

The following pieces are examples of the sort of critical, interdisciplinary, and multimedia engagement with music that we seek.

Hanson, Bradley. „The Tennessee Jamboree: Local Radio, the Barn Dance, and Cultural Life in Appalachian East Tennessee.“ Southern Spaces, November 20, 2008.

Matthews, Scott L. „John Cohen in Eastern Kentucky: Documentary Expression and the Image of Roscoe Halcomb During the Folk Revival.“ Southern Spaces, August 6, 2008.

Miller, Matt. „Dirty Decade: Rap Music and the US South, 1997-2007.“ Southern Spaces, June 10, 2008.

Spitzer, Nick. „Creolization as Cultural Continuity and Creativity in Postdiluvian New Orleans and Beyond.“ Southern Spaces, November 28, 2011.

Series editor: Grace Elizabeth Hale, University of Virginia

Submission deadline: March 17, 2014

Questions: Write to managing editor Jesse P. Karlsberg at jesse.p.karlsberg at

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