Call for Submissions

Current Musicology is seeking submissions for a special issue on the theme, “Experiments with Form.” 

“Form” can be understood as the literal contours of music and sound, such as song structure, genre, the analog, the digital, etc. What does it look, feel, or sound like beyond preconceived bounds and norms? At the same time, “form” can be used figuratively to encompass projects which experiment with the discipline of music itself, possibly in considering its intersection with other practices and studies in or beyond academia.

Potential topics for consideration include, but are not limited to:

  • Improvisation
  • Reflections on and/or challenges to the form of the academic journal and writing about music in academia
  • Translation
  • Questioning the discipline of music
  • Genre 
  • Non-binariness
  • Hybridity
  • (Im)materiality
  • Transgression
  • Covers and reinterpretations

Submissions are welcomed from all disciplines and media. Contributions which experiment with the form of the academic paper itself are encouraged. This could entail combining text with other media, using narrative writing styles, submitting an audio-visual piece, such as a performance or podcast. 

We especially encourage contributions from women, people of color, Black, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, gender-variant, international scholars, and disabled people, and works which decenter U.S. and European contexts. 

Submissions will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until June 1st, 2023.

Consult the submission preparation checklist and the Current Musicology House Style Guide before submitting here. For submissions which include media files, be sure to provide links in your document (make sure the author's name is not visible).

Book reviews may also be submitted at this time and do not need to fit the theme of the issue.

For any questions or concerns, please contact:

Paola Cossermelli Messina at (CM Editor)