IASPM@Journal is the peer-reviewed open-access e-journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) –– its members are invited to register and publish. Click here for a copy of the CFP (in several languages) and Style Guide.



Update: IJ 6/1 (2016) – New Directions in Music Fan Studies

Special Issue Editors: Koos Zwaan, Mark Duffett

A special issue regarding changes in popular music fandom and the new methodologies that the study of this subject, with articles by Toija Cinque, Sean Redmond, Marion Wasserbauer, Alexander Dhoest, Pilar Lacasa, Laura Méndez Zaballos, Julián de la Fuente Prieto, Simone Driessen, Bethan Jones, Chris Anderton and Gayle Stever. Plus an article by Rob Ahler, as well as a selection of book reviews. Click here to access the issue.

Additional Editors: Dr William Echard, Dr Carlo Nardi, Sarah E Raine, Hillegonda C Rietveld, Jacopo Tomatis
Posted: 2016-11-07

Special CFP: IJ 7/1 (2017) – Practice-Led and Practice-Based Popular Music Studies

Lead Editor: Rupert Till

Call for articles, to be published in 2017, regarding creative practice as research in popular music studies. This special issue invites researchers, composers, performers and producers to present research in the form of audio recordings as well as papers about the creative process.
300-word abstract, by mail to Rupert Till: 15 September 2016
PaR submission: 9 November 2016
Click HERE for the full CFP and submission details.
Posted: 2016-08-02 More...

Special CFP: IJ 7/2 (2017) – Pop Life: The Popular Music Biopic

Guest Editor: Matthew Bannister

Call for articles, to be published in 2017, regarding biopics of popular music artists. Although not a recent phenomenon, popular music biopics are becoming ubiquitous, and its complex genealogy raises questions regarding genre, narrative, identity and stardom.
300-word abstract, by mail to Matthew Bannister: 6 October 2016
Submission of full paper, to this journal’s OJS: 26 January 2017
Click HERE for the full CFP and submission details.
Posted: 2016-08-20 More...

Call: Looking for reviewers of publications and other outputs in Popular Music Studies

We seek expressions of interest from IASPM members to act as potential reviewers of academic publications, documentaries and websites in the field of popular music studies. If you are interested in reviewing for IASPM@Journal, please contact the Review Editor, Sarah Raine, at sarah.raine2 (at) mail.bcu.ac.uk, providing her with key words to indicate your research expertise, as well as your contact details (e-mail and postal address).

In order to submit to IASPM@journal you must be an IASPM member, and register as an Author on this site.
Posted: 2016-04-28 More...
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Vol 6, No 1 (2016): New Directions in Music Fan Studies

This special issue on fan studies aims to build a bridge with the study of popular music in order to inspire further investigation of music fandom. Toija Cinque and Sean Redmond discuss connections between migrant identities and the music of David Bowie; Marion Wasserbauer and Alexander Dhoest explore alternatives to the stereotypical images of LGBTQ music fans; Pilar Lacasa, Laura Méndez Zaballos and Julián de la Fuente Prieto concentrate on adolescent female fans of One Direction; Simone Driessen and Bethan Jones present an auto-ethnographic account of their fandom of Boyzone; Chris Anderton, examines new forms of online record collecting and archiving; and Gayle Stever discusses offline interactions between Josh Groban and his fan community. This issue also presents Rob Ahler’s discussion of auratic presence in live performance, as well as a selection of book reviews on popular music fandom, notions of the DIY punk shows, hip-hop identities in Europe, participatory parties, the vinyl format, song interpretation and a history of rock.

Prof Hillegonda C Rietveld

Special Issue Editors:
Dr Mark Duffett
Dr Koos Zwaan

Additional Editors
Dr William Echard
Dr Carlo Nardi

Reviews Editor
Sarah E Raine

Assistant Editor
Jacopo Tomatis


Table of Contents


Koos Zwaan, Mark Duffett

Articles - Special Issue

Toija Cinque, Sean Redmond
Marion Wasserbauer, Alexander Dhoest
Pilar Lacasa, Laura Méndez Zaballos, Julián de la Fuente Prieto
Simone Driessen, Bethan Jones
Chris Anderton
Gayle Stever

Articles: Open Section

Rob Ahlers


Stephanie Fremaux
Sam Vallen
Nabeel Zuberi
Sean Ryan Martin-Iverson
Hillegonda C Rietveld
James Cox
Julijana Zhabeva Papazova