Popular Entertainment Studies

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



Popular Entertainment Studies, Vol 8, no 2 (September 2017)


A new issue of Popular Entertainment Studies is now available. Vol 8, no 2 (September 2017).

The unifying threads of this issue include the involvement of popular entertainments in contemporary politics, zarzuela and the rise of an artistic labour movement in Spain, and Russian pleasure gardens in the context of an emerging urban development in St. Petersburg and Moscow at the end of the 19th century. Other topics include Australian tent shows in the 1960s and the rise and fall of Edward Gorey’s musicals on Broadway.
Posted: 2017-09-27

Call for Papers: Vol. 9, no. 1 (March 2018)


We would invite all scholars and scholar-practitioners interested in the theory, practices and/ or history of popular entertainments to submit an expression of interest as soon as possible for the March 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, the provision of entertainment for troops serving in Afghanistan, 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 January 12, 2018.

Posted: 2017-09-27

Call for Papers: Vol. 9, no. 2 (September 2018) Special Focus issue


250 Years of the Modern Circus

In 2018 we will commemorate the establishment of the modern circus with a special focus issue. The interdisciplinary domain of Circus Studies has gained academic traction in numerous countries over recent years and for this special focus issue we welcome submissions from scholars around the globe that will contribute to this growing academic field. Critical research essays that address topics ranging across the past 250 years of circus activity, from Philip Astley’s earliest shows in 1768 up to the present day, are encouraged. The editors welcome the opportunity to discuss scholars’ ideas prior to submission. For this special focus issue the due deadline for full submission is June 1 2018.

Posted: 2017-09-27
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