Popular Entertainment Studies

An interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the investigation of all aspects of popular entertainments



A new issue of Popular Entertainment Studies is now available. Vol 10, no. 1-2 (2019)

With this edition of Popular Entertainment Studies, we mark 10 years of publishing peer reviewed, international research stemming from a diverse range of historical and contemporary entertainment paradigms. Authors in this edition hail from Universities in Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, Greece and Serbia; their research spans the recent Japanese genre of 2.5 Dimensional theatre; BTS, the Korean boy band; the development of K-Live Hologram Music Concerts in Korea; popular theatre production in contemporary Greece that straddles both the ancient and modern worlds; and how Japanese transadaptations of Shakespeare’s plays were used to instruct and assimilate colonised Taiwanese and thus serve imperial Japanese interests.  
Posted: 2020-01-22

Call for Papers: Vol. 11, no. 1 (June 2020)


We invite all scholars and scholar-practitioners interested in the theory, practices, contemporary developments and/ or histories of popular entertainments to submit an expression of interest as soon as possible for the next issue. The scope of the journal is very wide as a perusal of the open access archives shows. Research topics referring to live performances in numerous genres, sport, as well as to intermedial and online performance, and manifestations on television and film are within the scope of the journal. The deadline for full submission is March 31, 2020.

Posted: 2020-01-22

2018 Joanne Tompkins Prize for Journal Editing

In 2018 the editors of Popular Entertainment Studies, Gillian Arrighi and Victor Emeljanow, received the inaugural Joanne Tompkins Prize for Journal Editing, awarded every four years by the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies.  
Posted: 2018-12-11
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Popular Entertainment Studies ISSN 1837-9303