Dancecult - Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture

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Dancecult - Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture Dancecult is a peer-reviewed, open-access e-journal for the study of electronic dance music culture ISSN 1947-5403 (ONLINE) Journal metadata

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  • Aims and scope

    Dancecult is a peer-reviewed, open-access e-journal for the study of electronic dance music culture (EDMC). A platform for interdisciplinary scholarship on the shifting terrain of EDMCs worldwide, the journal houses research exploring the sites, technologies, sounds and cultures of electronic music in historical and contemporary perspectives. Playing host to studies of emergent forms of electronic music production, performance, distribution, and reception, as a portal for cutting-edge research on the relation between bodies, technologies, and cyberspace, as a medium through which the cultural politics of dance is critically investigated, and as a venue for innovative multimedia projects, Dancecult is the forum for research on EDMCs.

  • Profile

    From dancehall to raving, club cultures to sound systems, disco to techno, breakbeat to psytrance, hip hop to dubstep, IDM to noisecore, nortec to bloghouse, global EDMCs are a shifting spectrum of scenes, genres, and aesthetics. What is the role of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, religion and spirituality in these formations? How have technologies, mind alterants, and popular culture conditioned this proliferation, and how has electronic music filtered into cinema, literature and everyday life? How does existing critical theory enable understanding of EDMCs, and how might the latter challenge the assumptions of our inherited heuristics? What is the role of the DJ in diverse genres, scenes, subcultures, and/or neotribes? As the journal of the international EDMC research network, Dancecult welcomes submissions from scholars addressing these and related inquiries across all disciplines.

    Feature Articles submitted for publication to Dancecult are to be subjected to double-blind peer review by two international researchers. Although an attempt is made to complete the peer-review process within six weeks, in some cases it may take longer.

    Dancecult is published twice a year.

  • Editors

    Executive Editor

    Graham St John, University of Queensland, Australia

    Managing Editor

    tobias c. van Veen, McGill University, Canada

    Reviews Editor

    Karenza Moore, Lancaster University, United Kingdom

    Art Director

    Cato Pulleyblank, Fairy Punk Creative Studio, Canada


    Catherine Baker, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
    Katrina Loughrey, Australia

    Production Director

    Gary Botts Powell, Texas A&M University, United States

    Production Assistant

    Luis-Manuel Garcia, University of Chicago, United States
    Ed Montano, RMIT University, Australia
    Botond Vitos, Monash University, Australia

    Operations Assistant
    Neal Thomas, McGill University, Canada

    International Advisory Board

    Sean Albiez, Southampton Solent University, United Kingdom
    Eliot Bates, University of Maryland, College Park, United States
    Andy Bennett, Griffith University, Australia
    Mark J Butler, Northwestern University, United States
    Anthony D'Andrea, University of Limerick, Ireland
    Rebekah Farrugia, Oakland University, United States
    Kai Fikentscher, Germany
    François Gauthier, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
    Anna Gavanas, Institute for Futures Studies, Sweden
    Chris Gibson, University of New South Wales, Australia
    Jeremy Gilbert, University of East London, United Kingdom
    Ross Harley, University of New South Wales, Australia
    David Hesmondhalgh, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
    Tim Lawrence, University of East London, United Kingdom
    Geert Lovink, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Gordon Lynch, Birkbeck University of London, United Kingdom
    Rene Lysloff, University of California, Riverside, United States
    Alejandro L. Madrid, University of Illinois, Chicago, United States
    Charity Marsh, University of Regina, Canada
    Tony Mitchell, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
    Karenza Moore, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
    Andrew Murphie, University of New South Wales, Australia
    Christopher Partridge, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
    Anne Petiau, ITSRS / Université Paris 5, France
    Hillegonda C Rietveld, London South Bank University, United Kingdom
    Geoff Stahl, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
    Sonjah Nadine Stanley-Niaah, University of West Indies, Jamaica
    Graham St John, University of Queensland, Australia
    Will Straw, McGill University, Canada
    Rupert Till, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
    tobias c. van Veen, McGill University, Canada
    Michael Veal, Yale University, United States

  • Guide to authors

    Before submitting, all authors must download and read the Dancecult Style Guide (aka "the DSG").

    The flow of a typical peer-reviewed piece, from initial submission to publication:

    1. An author submits an article to the journal, or is contacted by an editor to write an article.

    2. The article is forwarded by email to the editor(s).

    3. The editor(s) initiate the peer review process.

    4. Comments on the article are submitted to the editor(s), who then assign one of four evaluations to the article:

    a. accept submission
    b. revisions required
    c. resubmit for review
    d. decline submission

    5. Following outcome (a) or (b) the submisson is accepted with / without the requirement for revisions. Following outcome (c) the author must resubmit for review. And following outcome (d) the paper is rejected for publication.

    6. The article is copyedited for formatting, style, spelling and grammar. Where possible, a proof copy is provided to the author.

    7. The article is published in the designated issue of Dancecult.

    Please note: the editor(s) check submissions against basic protocols for section requirements and scholarly work (e.g. word length, the inclusion of references, and basic grammar) and assess the relevance of the subject area to Dancecult. The editor's hold the right to reject submissions that do not conform to basic protocols and requirements, including the Dancecult Style Guide (DSG). Indeed, submissions that do not conform to the DSG will be returned to the author. It is therefore imperative that authors read the DSG carefully prior to submitting.

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