Hamilton: A Special Issue of Studies in Musical Theatre

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Pete Kunze (University of Texas at Austin)
contact email: 

While introducing a performance from Hamilton at the recent Tony Awards ceremony, hip hop artist Common described the show as a “gamechanger,” a “cultural phenomenon,” and “simply put... one of the greatest pieces of art ever made.” Indeed it has become hard to talk about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton without resorting to hyperbole, as it appears to be a watershed moment in Broadway theatre and in American cultural history at large. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and numerous Tonys, the show has brought renewed attention to a range of artistic traditions and practices through its synthesis of Broadway conventions and hip hop music. Hamilton provides scholars and critics with a timely opportunity to not only analyze this cultural phenomenon, but to use Hamilton to think through larger cultural concerns as well that concern humanists, from representation to aesthetics to historiography.

This collection of essays is being published in 2017 as a special, stand-alone issue of Studies in Musical Theatre. Full essays of 5-6000 words will offer considered critical discussions of a particular subject; shorter articles of 3-4000 words will be considered for a special section of the publication intended for a student readership--each should address a particular theme, along the lines of "Hamilton & Identity." For this section, essays are sought on race, gender, class, nationality, sexuality, etc.

Contributors are welcome from all disciplines and methods. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
·      Hamilton and representation of race, gender, class, etc.
·      hip hop poetics
·      history and historiographic practice
·      the Broadway tradition
·      the politics of casting
·      Hamilton and authorship 
·      Hamilton and the politics of immigration
·      adaptation and remediation
·      Hamilton and genre: historical fiction, alternative history, musical theatre
·      Hamilton in Miranda’s oeuvre
·      fandom and fan practices
·      reception histories
·      Hamilton and social media
·      Hamilton and the politics of cultural access
·      interindustrial analyses between Broadway and other media industries
·      marketing, advertising, and promotions
·      circulation of Hamilton
·      pedagogy: teaching Hamilton and teaching with Hamilton

Abstracts of 300-500 words should be submitted to Pete Kunze at pkunze@utexas.edu by October 1, 2016 with full drafts expected by May 1, 2017. Submissions will undergo full peer review, which will determine final selection. In the meantime, feel free to contact the guest editor with any inquiries.