In a few weeks, the University of Minnesota Press will launch the new Mechademia: Second Arc series of books – the successor to its Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga, and Fan Arts titles that appeared between 2006 and 2015. This first volume’s theme will be “Childhood”, the next two, “Transnational Fandoms” and “Materialities Across Asia” are scheduled for release later in the year, it will then move to a twice-a-year publication calendar. The Call for Papers for Volume 13.1, “Queer(ing), is open until June 1, and the CFP for 13.2 is now available.
The theme for Mechademia: Second Arc issue 13.2 is “Soundscapes”, and it will be edited by Dr. Stacey Jocoy, Associate Professor of Musicology, Texas Tech University.
“This issue of Mechademia will consider sound and soundscapes, broadly conceived, as an aspect of the deeper narratives of anime, manga/ manhua, gaming, and related fields. The editors invite papers of 5000 to 7000 words revolving around critiques, musicological, socio-cultural, musico-psychological, music theory and analytical approaches, and acoustical considerations toward the investigation into the global ramifications of soundscapes.”
The full CFP is available on the Mechademia website, and submissions are due by June 15. Some potential topics it suggests include:
- Music, sound, and narrative in anime, manga, gaming, and other East Asian media, including sound effects and musical iconography
- Musical allusions to notable compositions, performers, or genres (e.g. classical, jazz, rock, traditional folk musics)
- Media representations of idol singers, musicians, bands
- Image songs, character albums, podcasts, and other tie-in audio media
- Fan creations: AMVs, MMVs, Vocaloids, Desk Top Music (DTM) software
- Voice acting, seiyû, voice-based celebrities
The issue will be published in the fall of 2020.