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Call for Submissions Journal of Folklore Research

Thursday, January 12, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Marysol Quevedo
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I would like to invite you to consider contributing articles to, or proposing special issues for, the Journal of Folklore Research.  (For submission guidelines see https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/jfr/information/authors)

 As many of you know JFR specializes in folklore and ethnology scholarship.  However, throughout its history JFR has also published scholarship produced by, and of special interest to, ethnomusicologists (for a sample bibliography see https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/jfr/pages/view/jfrethno). Under the previous editorship of Michael Dylan Foster and in collaboration with the Ethnomusicology Institute at Indiana University, JFR has sought to expand its reach into music-related fields. A forthcoming special issue in Medical Ethnomusicology edited by Judah Cohen and Theresa Allison is but one example of this effort.

 As I take over as Associate Editor for Ethnomusicology at JFR I would like to personally invite ethnomusicologists to consider submitting their work to JFR for publication. Working with JFR Editor, Ray Cashman, we welcome music and performance-related submissions from all areas of ethnomusicology.

 In addition, the editorial staff is interested in promoting occasional sections in which three (or more) scholars offer shorter contributions (roughly 2,000 words) taking a fresh look at seminal texts in our field. The goal is not only to situate the text in its original context but also to discuss its lasting (or newfound) applicability today. If you have a text in mind that you’d like to see treated with a critical backward glance/revitalizing appreciation, please gather some interested colleagues and propose it.

 One final plug concerns a new partnership with Indiana University Press to produce a book series, “Encounters: Explorations in Folklore and Ethnomusicology” (see http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/index.php?cPath=1037_3130_8852).  

 The current volumes in this series all started as special issues for JFR.  We are seeking opportunities to promote and publish ethnomusicological research in this series.

 I hope you enjoy a productive spring semester. Please don’t hesitate to contact me personally to discuss any ideas or suggestions you might have for expanding ethnomusicological emphasis in JFR.


David A. McDonald, PhD

Associate Professor and Director, Ethnomusicology Institute

Indiana University

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