CFP: Popular Entertainment Studies Volume 9, no. 1 (March 2018) Volume 9, no. 2 (September 2018)

Type of post: Association news item
Posted By: Glen McGillivray
Status: Current
Date Posted: Tue, 3 Oct 2017
Expressions of interest are invited from scholars and scholar/practitioners for the next issues of the international, peer-reviewed e-journal Popular Entertainment Studies. We would like to encourage all those interested in the history and practices of popular entertainments to submit a proposal for inclusion in our next two issues. The interests of the journal are diverse and wide-ranging and have included such areas as popular entertainments in the context of a mediatised culture, street performances, music theatre, vaudeville, minstrelsy, and professional wrestling.

However, the September 2018 issue has a special focus:

250 Years of the Modern Circus

In 2018 we will commemorate the establishment of the modern circus with a special focus issue. The interdisciplinary domain of Circus Studies has gained academic traction in numerous countries over recent years and for this special focus issue we welcome submissions from scholars around the globe that will contribute to this growing academic field. Critical research essays that address topics ranging across the past 250 years of circus activity, from Philip Astley’s earliest shows in 1768 up to the present day, are encouraged. The editors welcome the opportunity to discuss scholars’ ideas prior to submission. For this special focus issue the due deadline for full submission is June 1 2018.

The journal has now been operating for eight years, now in its ninth year, and its contents are indexed and abstracted by the Thomson-Reuters organisation for inclusion in its Arts and Humanities Citation Index and Current Contents/Arts and Humanities. The journal is an open access one and can be viewed for further information at:

Expressions of interest should be forwarded as soon as possible to the General Editor, Victor Emeljanow at or the Associate Editor, Gillian Arrighi at  The deadline for final paper submissions is January 12 2018 for the March 2018 issue, June 1 2018 for the September 2018 issue.