Song Studies
Top left: An Arabic man singing from a songbook (detail), Wellcome Collection, Public Domain. Top right: Manuscript Illumination with Singing Monks in an Initial D, from a Psalter, 1501–2 (detail), Girolamo dai Libri, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Public Domain. Bottom left: Photo by Cason Asher, Unsplash, Public Domain. Bottom right: Singing in small group with Lorraine Hansberry and Nina Simone, 1963, The New York Public Library Digital Collections, Public Domain.
Series editors

Juliane Brauer (Editor-in-Chief), Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany
Morag Grant, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Lauren Levesque, Saint-Paul University, Canada
Una McIlvenna, University of Melbourne, Australia
John Street, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

Geographical Scope
Global
Chronological Scope
Unlimited
Keywords
Song, Singing, Music, Literature, Performance, Sound, History, Culture
Series

Song Studies

This series offers a platform for academic research on the multidimensional medium of song. The field of song studies has recently developed in an effort to position song’s various modalities at the center of an emerging interdisciplinary scholarship. As an object of study and as a practice, song extends disciplinary boundaries as well as creates space for dialogue between researchers and practitioners from different backgrounds. This series will contribute to the development of song studies as a new field of research through the facilitation of multi- and intercultural dialogues on the phenomenon of song worldwide and across historical periods.

In this context, ‘song’ is considered from multiple perspectives, acknowledging form and function. Song can be defined as vocal and musical expression in composition and practice, incorporating elements such as pitch, rhythm, repetition, language. Furthermore, song is inseparable from emotion and the performing body. As a complex, expressive practice, song leverages the physical and imaginative capacities of individuals and communities for diverse purposes.

Invitation to Submit Proposals

We are looking for high quality academic book proposals in English, German or French. Research topics addressed in this series can be situated along four different streams that are interconnected within the field of song studies: Transmission, Embodiment, Performance, and Situatedness. A wide range of methodologies are welcomed, including those from, but not limited to, musicology/ethnomusicology, sound studies, literary studies, history, linguistics, cognitive psychology, creative performance. Proposals are invited for monographs as well as edited volumes. Open Access publication is possible, as well as the publication of sound and multimedia files.

Proposals can be submitted from July 15th 2022 onwards.