AMERICANA – E-Journal of American Studies in Hungary published by the Department of American Studies, University of Szeged, Hungary, invites contributions for its special Fall 2013 issue on cultural experiences and implications of jazz, with special focus on the issue in Hungary and the East-Central European region. We welcome submissions that explore jazz in a larger, cultural studies perspective, focusing on the ways in which the genre has become a significant part of local cultures; elaborate the trajectory of jazz from lowbrow fashion dance music to highbrow status, making jazz a hot topic of academic interest; discuss the changing articulations of race, ethnicity, class and gender in jazz as a discourse with a considerable potential for resistance and subversion. Besides the shifting identity politics of jazz and the problems of its canonization, papers are encouraged to probe the history of jazz in Hungary and Central-Europe as well as the representation of jazz in other forms of expression, including film, literature and the media.
The deadline for submissions of the proposed abstract is September 2, 2013. Manuscripts (MS Word attachments) should be sent by October 1, 2013 to guest editors Éva Federmayer (federmayer.evaATgmail.com) and Kornél Zipernovszky (k.zipernovszkyATgmail.com), and formatted according to the Submission Guidelines of AMERICANA. Please include a short biographical statement with the author’s affiliation/institution and contact address.