Calls for Papers: Popular Culture Present and Past

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PopMatters seeks essays (1,200 to 3,000 words, usually) about any aspect of popular culture, present or past.
(If you are interested in pitching a review of some specific current
work or performance, please contact the appropriate reviews editor.)

prefer careful analysis of the chosen subject matter with the intention
of supporting an original thesis; we aren’t particularly interested in
articles that merely want to promote their subject. An assessment of
what ideological work a given pop culture phenomenon performs (i.e.
what has allowed something to become popular, what’s at stake in its
popularity besides money, how it is situated in a historical or
geographical context, etc.) is especially welcome.

Ideally essays will draw on sophisticated interpretive strategies derived from a
theoretically informed point of view but will be presented for a
general reader in lively, accessible language.

For examples of the diversity of topics and range of approaches we welcome, please have a look at PopMatters features and columns archives.

Please e-mail pitches (100-250 words, including your subject,
your prospective source material and the gist of your approach to it)
you’d like us to consider along with a brief description of your
writing background (with links to clips or published samples if
possible) to our Features Editors at

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