Leadership, Popular Culture, and Social Change Chapter Proposals Due Mar. 1

full name / name of organization: 
Kristin Bezio & Kimberly Yost, New Horizons in Leadership Studies, Edward Elgar

A volume in the New Horizons in Leadership Studies series to be published by Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd. in late 2017. Volume co-editors: Kimberly Yost, College of Business and Leadership, Lourdes University; Kristin Bezio, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond.

We invite abstracts/proposals for chapters exploring the ways in which popular culture, broadly defined, intersects with leadership and demonstrates change on individual, collective, organizational, and societal levels. The volume is not intended to be a critique of popular culture as a genre, but a critical analysis of how works or genres within popular culture influence personal and organizational leadership practices, as well as how those genres or works of popular culture themselves lead social change.

Now is an exceptional time to explore the synergy between leadership, popular culture, and social change. Popular culture is gaining acceptance as an independent academic discipline and increasingly taught as a subject in higher education. The next generation of leaders was raised on a steady diet of popular culture artifacts mediated through technology, such as film, television, and online gaming. As technology continues to increase access to and serve as a means of cultural production, popular culture is becoming increasingly egalitarian and capable of serving as a vehicle for ideological dissent and calls for social change. These efforts do not happen without leaders or leadership. Understanding the role leaders can play in social change through the use of popular culture, as well as how leadership emerges within popular culture, allows for greater understanding of leadership praxis in general.

Potential chapters could include (but are not limited to) analyses of how educators and other leaders might utilize popular culture to engage in leadership development with social change outcomes; critical analyses of specific works of popular culture from a leadership studies perspective; exploration of ways in which popular culture empowers people towards leading social change; and critical comparisons between popular culture and specific leaders, followers, or social change events. The editors are particularly interested in perspectives from non-Western and diverse scholars.
Possible areas/subtopics of interest within popular culture would include:
• Drama/literature
• Film/television
• Music
• Dance
• Theatre
• Visual art/street art
• Gaming
• Sports
• Crafting/needle arts
• Social media/new media

We welcome previously unpublished submissions on the theme from diverse disciplines, perspectives, and scholarship approaches. Interested authors should send a 200-word abstract to popcutureleaders@gmail.com by March 1, 2016. All abstract submissions should follow APA Style with 1" margins, double-spacing, left-aligned, Times New Roman 12 pt font, and indented paragraphs. Submissions should include title of submission, names, affiliations, and contact information for all contributors on a separate page. All submissions must be received as MS Word attachments. Failure to meet the submission guidelines may result in being excluded from review.

Following an editorial review, selected authors will be invited to submit a full chapter (approximately 5000 words) by August 1, 2016, with final versions due February 1, 2017. Please note the accepted abstract does not guarantee inclusion in the volume, which will depend on the quality of the finished chapter.

We expect this volume to be of interest to leadership educators and practitioners, media and communication arts educators and practitioners, as well as the educated reader interested in leadership and popular culture. Please direct questions to popcultureleaders@gmail.com