JSAM is pleased to announce that it will begin publishing colloquies and roundtables regularly in its issues. These formats, which are new to the journal, will complement its ongoing publication of articles and reviews. Colloquy topics may be announced by the Editor or submitted as a proposal by a convener to the Editor. In either case, proposed topics of inquiry will be approved by JSAM’s Editorial Board. A proposed deadline for contributions (2,000–3,000 words maximum) may be set at six to eight weeks from the call’s announcement. The Editor will review and anonymize submissions before forwarding them to the Editorial Board, which will blind review and select three to four of the most engaging and effective essays pertaining to the call’s subject matter. For authors whose contributions are selected by the Editorial Board, credit on their C.V. should equate with a peer-reviewed publication. After those contributions have been selected, the Editorial Board will consult with the Editor in selecting potential respondents.
The goals of these new JSAM colloquies and roundtables include: 1) fostering transformative dialogue about current issues in scholarship and pedagogy; and 2) providing a platform for a demographically diverse range of voices.
For JSAM’s inaugural colloquy (approved by the Editorial Board), the Editor invites contributions (2,000–3,000 words maximum) that address Anti-Racism in reforming undergraduate music curricula in departments and schools of music. We invite contributions that collectively address this question from varying methodological approaches. We especially encourage Black and Indigenous contributors and contributors of color—particularly, early career scholars working in and outside of the academy—to submit contributions. We hope Anti-Racism and other themes related to music and social justice will be an ongoing theme for follow-up colloquies in JSAM. Contributions should be submitted through the ScholarOne system, by logging into: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/j-sam. The deadline for contributions is January 15, 2021.