Popular Entertainment Studies

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



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

A new issue of Popular Entertainment Studies is now available. Vol 9, no 1-2 (September 2018)


Marking 250 years since the ‘birth’ of the modern circus, two articles in this edition examine aspects of the early circus in Edinburgh and Scandinavia, bringing to light early manifestations of circus and the ways that music supported the dramaturgy of its performances. Threading through this edition is a strong sense of the different sorts of methodological approaches applied by researchers working in the field of popular entertainments. Other topics include the emergence of the comic tramp figure in American variety, and the contemporary business and performance of Brazilian samba in Australia.

Posted: 2018-12-11

Call for Papers: Vol. 10, no. 1-2 (September 2019)

We invite all scholars and scholar-practitioners interested in the theory, practices and/ or histories of popular entertainments to submit an expression of interest as soon as possible for the 2019 issue. The scope of the journal is very wide: over the years we have ranged from 19th century cabaret and transnational touring companies to sport as entertainment, circus, performances in times of war, to street performers and the Eurovision Song Contest. Topics included have referred to live theatre performances, as well as to manifestations on television and film. The deadline for full submission is May 1, 2019.  
Posted: 2018-12-11
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Popular Entertainment Studies ISSN 1837-9303