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Call for presentations
FAll 2024 - Spring 2025

Email  to be added to the series email list and get Zoom links.

Co-organizers:  Elena Razlogova, Francesca Royster, Gustavus Stadler, Alyxandra Vesey, Eric Weisbard and Carl Wilson
for Journal of Popular Music Studies, IASPM-US, and the Pop Conference

Popular Music Books in Process Series, Call for Presentations, Fall 2024 - Spring 2025

Since 2020, the Popular Music Books in Process series has held online events for music writers and scholars to showcase recent books or works in progress for an engaged audience. The series is a collaboration between the Journal of Popular Music Studies, the Pop Conference, and IASPM-US. There have been more than 120 Zoom events so far, almost all preserved on YouTube. We generally run biweekly through the fall and winter-spring seasons.

We’re looking forward to another year of presentations by single, paired, or grouped writers. Send us new proposals, for fall of 2024 into spring 2025. If you are publishing a book in that span, or have a work in progress that could benefit from feedback, please let us know. All kinds of formats are welcome, from readings and dialogues to roundtables to pre-recorded “digital lectures” (of roughly 15 minutes), always including a generous Q&A. Some authors have even incorporated live music. We do encourage you to make your event conversational on some level; if you don’t have ideas for interlocutors or co-presenters, we may suggest some. Our YouTube page shows the variety of strategies presenters have used. We may group authors with kindred approaches, too.

Whatever the format, our focus remains books, whether early in gestation or after publication. We want to showcase popular music writing of many kinds, keeping our communities connected, and welcoming in new participants. Please feel free to share this call with others you think might be appropriate.

For Fall 2024 and beyond, please email to all six organizers (listed below) by August 1:

— a proposal of about 300 words describing the book or books that you would like to present, along with your preferred presentation format;

— a bio of about 100 words for each participant;

— an indication of when would be best for you. Specific months or even a few specific dates are encouraged. Sessions in the fall will take place on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm ET. A time for spring is still to be determined, always Mondays or Tuesdays.

Thank you!


Francesca Royster,, DePaul University

Gus Stadler,, Haverford College

Eric Weisbard,, University of Alabama

Carl Wilson,, Slate, Bookforum, and other venues

And a welcome to some new co-organizers:

Elena Razlogova,, Concordia University

Alyxandra Vesey,, University of Alabama

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