Monday, July 20, 2015

CFP Special Issue on Asian Popular Culture (12/31/15)

CFP: Special Issue on Asian Popular Culture in The Journal of Popular Culture
Discussion published by Lisa Funnell on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CFP: Special Issue on Asian Popular Culture
Journal of Popular Culture

In popular and critical imagination, the term “Asian popular culture” has become synonymous with the ideas, images, and phenomena of East Asia and specifically with Japanese animation and Chinese martial arts cinema. What is often overlooked is the range and diversity of Asian popular culture, which extends from South Asia (e.g. India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) through Southeast Asia (e.g. Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand) to East Asia (e.g. China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan). In addition, much of this popular culture is transnational as it is produced, distributed, and/or consumed across national borders. In an increasingly interconnected world, Asian popular culture is expansive, multifaceted, mobile, and widely consumed.  

The Journal of Popular Culture is seeking submissions for a special issue on “Asian Popular Culture.” We are looking for submissions that are cutting-edge and truly advance the field of popular culture studies in new ways. We welcome articles that explore the popular cultural activities and cultural products of South, Southeast, and East Asia, which include but are not limited to:

-animation (print, digital)
-cosplay and larping
-star and fan culture
-youth culture

We are particularly interested in essays that examine transnational Asian popular culture.

Articles should be between 5000 and 7500 words in length. Authors should consult The Journal of Popular Culture’s “Author Guidelines” for details on format and citation style:

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2015.  Please submit your work through the ScholarOne system, which can be accessed through the above link.

It is important that you include the words “Special Issue Submission” before your title (e.g. Special Issue Submission: Chinese Warrior Women).

Please direct your inquires about the special issue to Lisa Funnell ( and Yuya Kiuchi (  

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