Call for Contributors: Encyclopedia of Pop Culture in Asia and Australia/Oceania

full name / name of organization: 
Kathy Nadeau and Jeremy Murray

This one-volume encyclopedia, to be published by ABC-CLIO, examines the rich popular culture of the diverse countries of East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Australia/Oceania. As part of a series including other continents and regions, it will provide high school students and general readers with an understanding of the globalization of pop culture.

The volume will be divided not by region but by eight main sections (Pop Music; Books and Contemporary Literature; Cinema; TV/Radio; Internet and Social Media; Sports; Video Games; and Fashion and Couture). Each section will begin with an overview, followed by entry essays on musicians, songs, books, actors and actresses, movies and television shows, popular websites, top athletes, games, clothing fads and designers, and much more, allowing students to gain a broad understanding of the each topic, supported by specific examples. A short list of Further Readings will be found at the end of each entry, along with a Bibliography at the end of the work. Sidebars will appear throughout the text, providing additional anecdotal information. While this volume will not aim for an alphabetically organized and exhaustive treatment of every dimension of popular culture in the regions, it will provide extensive insights into a wide array of topics that combine to be broad in coverage and rich in detail. Entry essays can vary in length, approximately 1000-2000 words and should include a short list of recommended further reading. Entries should be clear, concise, objective, informative, and not heavily footnoted.

The editors welcome and invite contributors to suggest topics that they would like to write on, for consideration and possible inclusion in this volume. We are not limiting our reach and are interested in generating country-specific ideas. For examples of country-specific essay topics, here are some that might appear on the Philippines: pre-internet celebrity culture from the perspective of fan clubs such as "noranians" and "vilmanians," or the voluminous horror movie franchise ("Shake, Rattle and Roll") and the Bomba films of the 70s and 80s including the "Cola Starlet," the serialized telenovelas ("Lovingly Yours," "Helen," and "Napakasakit Kuya Eddie"). We cordially invite interested contributors to help us build the best possible topic list by making suggestions. A list of chosen topics in need of contributors is available on request. All contributors automatically get contributing author credit and free digital access to this encyclopedia. Editors can provide individual invitation letters to contributors upon request. If you are interested in contributing, please email the following information: full name, title, institutional affiliation, best mailing address, email, CV, and suggested entry or entries to both: and

Thank you for your consideration.

Jeremy Murray, PhD Kathy Nadeau, PhD
Assistant Professor/History, SB 329 Professor/Anthropology, SB 302D
California State University California State University
San Bernardino, California 92407 San Bernardino, CA. 92407
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