Podcast: Serialized audio forms in context of global distribution and local consumption

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Literatura Ludowa. Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture
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Podcasting constitutes a new form of digital media which cannot be reduced to the phenomenon of which some would describe as the “Radio Renaissance” on the Internet. Moreover, podcasts have crossed over from a cultural niche to mainstream, as evidenced not only by a vast number of titles available on countless platforms and applications, but also by the increasing number of listeners and transmedia influences of podcasts in the form of TV series and literary adaptations (such as Lore, Welcome to Night Vale, Limetown and others). The growing popularity of the episodic audio form is closely connected with the digital environment in which it functions, and, above all, with the DIY character of the production of podcasts; the egalitarian nature of this format, as well as the utilization of social media in order to establish and maintain relationships with and between audience members, are also highly significant. The producers of podcasts use the possibilities offered by new media, providing the listeners with additional material to consume and engage with: notes, character’s biographies and social media accounts, transcripts, additional resources, commentary, community forums dedicated to discussing the show’s content, and Wikis. All these aspects of production can be found among our research interests.

Critical Approaches to Welcome to Night Vale: Podcasting between Weather and the Void (ed. Weinstock) published in 2018 is the first edited collection of scholarly essays on podcasts, considering these shows’ form, themes, politics, and fanbase. Since the publication of Podcasting: New Aural Cultures (Llinares, Fox, and Berry) and Podcasting: The Audio Media Revolution (Spinelli and Dann) in 2019, scholarship on podcasting has blossomed and the field of Podcast Studies has begun to establish itself as a distinct area of interdisciplinary research. We would like to join the collective effort to understand the emergence and popularity of podcasts by adding our unique background as scholars from Central and Eastern Europe to analyze the dynamics between globalization and localization in production and consumption of podcasts.

We invite texts that will analyze (but that do not have to be limited to):

  • Local fandoms and communities of titles popular worldwide (fanworks, events, translations etc.).
  • Local adaptations, versions and contextualizations (e.g. Gallowtree Radio that has started as the UK version of Welcome to Night Vale).
  • Local and regional realizations of popular podcast genres (true crime, para-documentary, horror, fantasy etc.), local content within global form.
  • European vs. American style of podcast production.
  • Podcast production in Central and Eastern Europe (popular titles, forms, fandoms).
  • The representation of Central and Eastern Europe (folklore, politics, tradition, characters etc.) in podcasts  (such as the Glushka monastery from The Black Tapes, the popularity of Baba Yaga and other folklore characters in podcasts).
  •  “Slavic culture” as the theme of podcasts (with titles such as Slavic Fairy Tales, Searching for the Slavic Soul etc.).
  • Production and distribution of podcasts in Central and Eastern Europe.

The preferred languages are English and Polish. Manuscripts are to be submitted by April 15, 2021 as an email attachment to Aldona Kobus: kob.ald.umk@gmail.com or to Editor-in-Chief literatura.ludowa@gmail.com

All manuscripts submitted to Literatura Ludowa. Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture must meet the requirements specified in our Author Guidelines: https://apcz.umk.pl/czasopisma/index.php/LL/about/submissions#authorGuidelines