This call for papers has been floating around my email, so I thought I'd share it on here, since it's so GT appropriate. This CFP is for a book of essays on Beyoncé, currently titled "The Beyoncé Effect: Gender, Race and the Body Politics of the World's Biggest Pop Star".

To submit a chapter proposal for this collection, you have to have at least an MA/MS and preferably be ABD in your PhD. I kind of balk at that personally, because I think the most incredible essays I've read so far on Beyoncé were outside of an academic environment, but this isn't my CFP, so yeah. Proposals are due 7/15.


This edited volume presents a multi-layered portrait of the music and persona of Beyoncé. Since her introduction as a member of Destiny's Child during the pop music scene of the late 1990s, "Queen B" has been a lightning rod for praise and criticism from scholars and critics alike. While some see Beyoncé as an empowering presence and in every way celebrating the "independent women" she praises in her music, others view her as detrimental to women's rights and identities. This book will serve as a collection of essays which explore all aspects of Beyoncé, those that are perceived as positive as well as those that are perceived as negative. For example, recently feminist theorist and writer, bell hooks, during a talk at The New School in New York City, referred to Beyoncé as a terrorist, "anti-feminist" and connected her music video's to that of being a "slave." The response from the feminist community and music community to hooks's words was overwhelming and critical with most feeling that Beyoncé represents a new face of feminism, one that forms their own opinions and actions regarding gender equality. Additionally, an academic course has been taught at Rutgers which relates Beyoncé's songs to poetry and prose written by many Black scholars and activists and Beyoncé's philanthropy to help women and girls has been housed in the non-profit project "Chime for Change."

This multi-layered, substantial make-up of the world's biggest pop star make Beyoncé ripe for academic analysis. Her songs eschew many of the typical pop music requirements and cover topics like women's independence from men, healthy sexuality, post-partum depression, feminism and identity. Yet, as diverse as her songs are, the images and statements she makes using her performances and visual media are perhaps more impactful. Beyoncé often tours with an all-female band and stage performers, something unheard of in music for a pop star of her caliber. She has mixed her music with speeches from author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a writer whose stance on feminism was highlighted in Beyoncé's song "Flawless." Additionally, and most recently, she released her album "Beyoncé" via ITunes in the middle of a December 2013 night, without fanfare and without the industry standard press junket that accompanies the release of new albums.

The Beyoncé Effect's proposed table of contents includes but is not limited to the following. It should be noted that proposals outside of these topics will be considered-they are suggested topics that can be open to interpretation by the chapter author. So, if you have an idea that doesn't necessarily fit with one of the categories below, please pass it along!

Beyoncé's Racial Identity, Intersectionality and Beyoncé's Image, Marketing Beyoncé , Sexuality in Beyoncé's Music, Policing Beyoncé's Body, Feminist Identity and Beyoncé Songs, Examining Motherhood via Beyoncé, Beyoncé's Impact on the Music Industry, Beyond Beyoncé-Activism and Social Change, Feminist Theory and Beyoncé's music.

If you are interested in contributing, please send an abstract of 300-400 words detailing what kind of chapter you would like to write. Include with the abstract your name, institutional affiliation and department, highest degree achieved (MA/MS required but folks who are at least ABD are preferred), suggested title for chapter, one page CV with most recent publications highlighted. Abstracts will be due by 7/15, authors will be alerted of acceptance by the end of July. Chapters will be due by April 15, 2015 and will be between 15-18 pages in length. Please send abstracts to Adrienne Trier-Bieniek, editor, at

All of this can also be found here.