Call for Submissions



Deadline: January 13, 2020


Current Musicology is preparing a special issue on queer / quare music studies to explore how sonic queerness has emerged (and is still emerging) in historical and contemporary discussions of music. In his ground-breaking article, “‘Quare’ Studies, or (Almost) Everything I Know About Queer Studies I Learned from My Grandmother,”  E. Patrick Johnson describes “quare” as a term that encapsulates how queer people of color navigate their history, social and political positions within their identity. How does queerness / quareness enhance and / or challenge our listening experiences and perspectives on how music is practiced, performed and produced?

The editors invite submissions on this area from a variety of perspectives. Possible topics include:

  • Histories (queer / quare interventions within vocal practices, music composition and theory),
  • The forced segregation of musical genres and cultures based on their presence in marginalized communities (ex. Disco, Hip-Hop, House music and EDM),
  • The queering / quaring of popular music and performance studies – or lack thereof,
  • Gender-queer/ quare studies and music education, and
  • Practical inventions for music therapy with LGBTQ youth and adults.

For this special issue, we will be considering a variety of lengths; shorter pieces (approx. 2000–3000 words) will be considered alongside full-length articles (3500–9000 words). The editors especially encourage submissions from graduate students and other scholars early in their professional careers.




Deadline: April 1, 2020

Scholars are invited to submit  book reviews in line with the theme of the special issue. Possibilities can range from recently published books to those published within the past three years on historical musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, and popular music. Word Count: 2,000 – 3,500 words. Reviews should be informative but critical.

Please see our books available for review.