Call for Papers

Reggae Studies in a Global Context


Reggae Studies in a Global Context – Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture (Volume 9, Issue 1 – March 2018)

We have extended the deadline for submission of abstracts to April 14, 2017

Guest Editors:
Carolyn Cooper and Leonardo Vidigal (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais – UFMG, Brazil)

Reggae is a genre of popular music that originated on the Caribbean island of Jamaica and which has an ever-growing global presence. Radiating from the Jamaican centre, reggae has been ‘glocalised’ – dispersed globally and adapted in diverse local contexts of consumption and transformation. A transcendent preoccupation of glocalised reggae is the politics and pragmatics of ‘authenticity’. The languages of Jamaican popular music, both literal and metaphorical, are first imitated in pursuit of an undeniable ‘originality’.

Over time, as the music is indigenized, the Jamaican model loses its authority to varying degrees. The revolutionary ethos of reggae music is translated into local languages that articulate the particular politics of new cultural contexts. The echoes of the Jamaican source gradually fade. It is a polyphonic, culture-specific authenticity that now resounds across the globe.

A substantial body of academic literature on reggae is now established globally, with many scholars studying this phenomenon with a transcultural approach and covering a wide range of inter/disciplines. For this special issue of Interactions, we invite original articles on Reggae Music, from its emergence and development in Jamaica to the transformations the music has undergone in its global dispersal.

We are especially interested, but not limited to, the following themes:
– History of Reggae
– Reggae as culture
– Reggae Music and Media
– Musical and sociological analysis of Reggae Music
– Reggae’s Influence on Global Popular Music
– Global manifestations of Reggae Music
– The Bob Marley phenomenon
– Sound-Systems and other Reggae Music collectives
– Reggae Films and videos
– Reggae Music in the context of creative industries

Submission guidelines:
Prospective authors should submit an abstract between 200 and 350 words to and by 14 April 2017.

Please include your name, institutional affiliation and contact details in all correspondence.
A selection of authors will be invited to submit a full paper (from 6000 to 8000 words, including references) due on 15 June 2017.

Full paper submissions are to be:
– original, scholarly manuscripts that follow the journal’s submission guidelines (

Notes for Contributors Aims and Scope of Journal:

Sent in Microsoft Word .doc/.docx format only, as e-mail attachments to and

All submissions will be peer-reviewed and the issue is scheduled for publication in March 2018.

All inquiries about this Call for Papers can be addressed to Prof. Carolyn Cooper at or Dr. Leonardo Vidigal at