Call For Submissions: DEI Initiatives in Music Studies

Music & Politics in the Moment (M&PITM) is currently accepting articles for our second biannual publication on the ways that DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) initiatives have and may shape our fields. The deadline for submissions is 25 February 2022.

The editors of this issue are interested in reading about ways that music performers, educators, researchers and composers consider principles of DEI in their musical activities. In particular, we are looking for essays that consider how DEI principles can shape the future of the fields of musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, music education, music therapy, and performance and concert-programming practices. Possible essay topics could include inclusive teaching practices/activities, diversity-centered course design, projects that challenge traditional hierarchies in or around the “canon,” research focused on historically marginalized topics or groups, accessibility, or any other DEI-related topic.

Music & Politics in the Moment is a space for discussion on pressing contemporary events and music. It is an open-access website led by graduate students and designed as an excursus to Music & Politics, but with a particular emphasis on present-day politics. Its areas of interest include, but are not limited to, “the impact of politics on the lives of musicians and musical communities, music as a form of political discourse, the influences of ideology on musical historiography, and pedagogical issues and strategies pertaining to the study of music and politics in the classroom.” M&PITM negotiates the dual issues of accessibility in academia and the need for a timely avenue for critical conversation by taking the form of an open-access web-based journal.

M&PITM addresses pressing contemporary issues that would, in a typical journal publication process, lose their timeliness. Alongside blog posts that are accepted on a rolling basis, informal articles for the biannual, themed publication (such as the one advertised here) will be selected by our editorial board, which includes graduate students in the departments of ethnomusicology, historical musicology, and music theory at the University of Michigan and other affiliated scholars.

Submission Guidelines

Documents should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Submit to this Google Form.
  • Submit a Microsoft Word file. 
  • Submissions should be shorter and less formal than traditional journal articles (with a soft limit around 4,000 words).
  • Include an abstract (around 200 words).
  • All materials, including footnotes/endnotes and bibliographies, should adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition).
  • M&PITM is particularly interested in integrating website-friendly formats like multimedia, interactive elements, etc., so please feel free to describe or include those in your submission.