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Call for Papers Journal Special Issue: Music for Activism, Subversion, and Resistance Perfect Beat

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Call for Papers

Journal Special Issue: Music for Activism, Subversion, and Resistance

Perfect Beat: The Asia-Pacific Journal of Research into Contemporary Music and Popular Culture


Special Issue editor: Kirsten Zemke

The journal Perfect Beat focusses on popular musics of the Asia-Pacific region, and this Special Issue seeks articles which explore instances of popular music used for and inspired by oppositional politics in our region. While there is a body of previous insightful and important research around popular music’s involvement in subversion and resistance, this Special Issue intends to offer a regionally based contemporary update and re-assessment of its activist capacities.

Despite popular music’s complicity in capitalism, patriarchy, racism, and exploitation, it has of course historically provided spaces for minority voices and rebellious sub-cultures. Popular music’s possibilities for insurgence in the Northern Hemisphere has had widely accepted impact, for instance, in the cases of rock and roll, Woodstock, punk, and hip hop. In the years following 2000, musicians and musical movements have continued to respond to, and be a central part of, resistance globally. These include elections, anti-war movements, Occupy Wall Street, queer rights, and creative responses to disasters, such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Japan’s Touhoku earthquake and tsunami. This dedicated journal issue endeavours to offer an updated bulletin of Asia-Pacific related discourse adding to vital academic explorations of popular music’s revolutionary tendencies and manifestations.

We are seeking submissions on both contemporary and historic formations. We welcome authors from popular music studies, musicology, cultural studies, sociology, indigenous studies, history, and ethnomusicology. The politics of an artist, movement, song, collective, people or album can be located in its intention, co-optation, representation, lyrics, subculture, aesthetics, communal practice, or repercussions.


Submissions must clearly explore an Asia-Pacific located music phenomenon, and may include, but are not limited to, subject areas such as music and:

• Decolonising knowledge and power

• Climate change action

• Dismantling capitalism

• Confronting racism

• Resisting far-right politics and policies

• Intersectional identity politics

• Indigenous aesthetics

• Anti-war activism

• Affirming transgressive genders and sexualities

• Anti-fascism

• Queer transgressions

• Resisting market hegemony (Social media, online distribution systems and communities)

To be considered for this Special Issue, please submit an abstract of 300 words (plus references, if necessary) along with author name(s), institutional affiliations, and contact details and a brief bio of no more than 150 words by Tuesday 30 April 2019 to:

k.zemke@auckland.ac.nz. Please indicate “Perfect Beat Special Issue” in the subject line. Abstracts that are approved should be expanded into full length articles of approximately 6-8,000 words, according to the Perfect Beat style guide. Only full articles will undergo the blind peer review process.


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