CfP: Authenticity as Process (Special Issue of Rock Music Studies)

Call for Papers

Special Issue of Rock Music Studies

Authenticity as Process

Submissions are invited for a special issue of Rock Music Studies on the topic of Authenticity as Process. Authenticity is never a fully accomplished fact—it depends on legitimating processes and is prey to time and change, to the assessments of different audiences, often arising out of a movement or oscillation between or via polarities, a journey of becoming. We are looking for contributions that examine various articulations of authenticating processes in the context of popular music. Authors may choose to engage with the prompts below or with any other perspective on authenticity.

Send proposals of up to 500 words by 30 June 2024 to Matthew Bannister and Nick Braae and Indicate the name under which you would wish to be published, your professional/academic affiliations, a postal address, and preferred email contact. Proposals will be reviewed for potential inclusion in the journal, with authors of selected papers being informed by 15 September 2024.

Authors to be included in the volume should expect to have their full, final manuscripts prepared by 1 February 2025. These submissions should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words (inclusive of everything) and should use MLAstyle. (For guidance on MLA style, see the „MLA Guide” at Purdue OWL, All affiliations, emails, and snail- mail contact information should be supplied in the first submission; however, for purposes of blind peer review, names of authors should not appear in the body of the manuscript. All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two peers as well as the two guest editors of the special issue. We are happy to receive inquiries about prospective submissions. Please send all queries to It is expected that the special issue will be published in hard copy in October 2026 (with electronic publication occurring earlier).