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Call for Papers - Music and Personavol. 5, no. 1 (May 2019)

Special issue Editors: Charles Fairchild and P David Marshall

The relationship of music and public identity is complex.  On one level, like other art forms and in the tradition of fiction, music constructs personas within the narratives of works.  There are personas implied in the indirect, emotive configurations of musical composition. Through lyrics these personas are materialized further in our consciousness albeit with some interpretive variation. On another level, music performance produces another formation of persona: musicians articulate a public identity and work to embody the meaning of music and other forms of collective related identity.  Singers construct personas on the stage and through their recorded delivery and actively play in producing artifice and authenticity as they work through the particular emotive, collective, rhythmic, popular and cathartic forms of communication that music inhabits and conveys. Further, contemporary capitalism demands and facilitates the pervasive experience of musician personas as brands, produced as collections of symbolic and materials signifiers that play off the carefully-stoked tensions between and within all of the meaningful resonances musicians produce.

We are inviting authors/scholars to contribute to this special issue of Persona Studies on music and persona.  Thematically, the issue is open to papers that are dealing with case studies or conceptual theorizations around music and its formation of public identity that move through our culture tactically and strategically, but also in unexpected ways.  The following list of themes are by no means definitive of our expectations of scholarship for the issue. The list of themes below is designed to stimulate the development of valuable papers that inform the connection between music and persona.

  • Persona in popular music
  • Historical public identities in music: the play of enduring personas
  • Music Persona in and through composition
  • Music Genres and Persona-Types
  • Lyrics and Identity
  • Music and the particular constitution/constellations of public/private/personal/intimate identities
  • Comparative Music personas
  • Celebrity, music and personas
  • Industrial patterning of contemporary/historical music personas
  • The relationship between musical affect and persona
  • Music as a pathway for transgressive/transformative public identities/personas
  • Music and Political Persona
  • Music, Nation and patterned public persona
  • Branding and Musical Persona
  • Music, Technology and Persona
  • Persona in digital musical culture

Key Dates:

150-200 word abstract submitted to editors by email;

15 December 2018
Notification of acceptance and request for full paper by 21 December 2019
Full paper submitted for peer review via journal website 10 March 2019
Revision requests returned to authors 30 March 2019
Revised papers resubmitted to website post peer-review 30 March 2019
Issue launched  May 2019

For more information, please email the special issue editors of the music and persona issue:

  • Professor P David Marshall, Professor and Research Chair in New Media, Communication and Cultural Studies at Deakin University – email:
  • Associate Professor Charles Fairchild, Associate Professor, Department of Music, University of Sydney. Email: