Calls for contributions for Jazz Research Journal

A special issue of Jazz Research Journal is inviting scholars of television and jazz to contribute.

The collection, edited by Birmingham School of Media researcher Nicolas Pillai, is part of an AHRC Research Leadership fellowship dedicated to the development of new methodologies for the study of jazz on television. The journal is not interested in value judgements regarding good or bad representations of jazz, but rather in historical, textual or methodological formulations that provide insightful commentary on the place of jazz television within the wider culture.

Submissions are invited in the following subjects:

  • The role of jazz at the birth of television
  • The survival and afterlife of jazz in the digital archive
  • Practice-as-research methodologies that bring us closer to the technology of television production
  • Jazz and advertising
  • The scheduling of jazz television, its place within broadcast flow and institutional directives
  • The relationship of jazz composition and performance for television
  • The jazz musician as actor (such as Ethel Waters in Route 66, Kermit Ruffins in Treme)
  • Comedy and parody (The Fast Show, Parks and Recreation)
  • Jazz and genre television, jazz on ITV and regional television, jazz on children's TV
  • Discourses of television quality
  • Streaming, VR and the implications of the digital
  • Reviews of current jazz television or related scholarship

If you are interested in submitting, send your abstract of no more than 500 words (along with a 100-word biography) to by Friday 8 September. First drafts will be expected by 1 January.

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To be considered for this special issue of Jazz Research Journal, click on the blue button to submit your 500-word abstract and 100-word biography.