Call for Chapters: Alternativity in Media and Cultural Research

By Charlotte Stevens on June 23rd, 2021

We are happy to announce the call for chapters for a new edited collection, building on the 20/21 BCMCR theme, which is provisionally titled Alternativity in Media and Cultural Research.


Dr Asya Draganova & Dr Charlotte Stevens
Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Birmingham City University


For the next instalment of the BCMCR book series, published by Intellect Books, we seek to collect a range of perspectives addressing ‘alternativity’ and alternative practices, as they relate to studying and teaching media and cultural studies. This builds on scholarship and thinking which has emerged from our 20/21 research theme, and we therefore invite proposals for chapters which offer new thinking and perspectives on alternativity from the perspective of the centre’s research clusters:

  • Creative Industries
  • Cultural Theory
  • Games Cultures
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • History, Heritage and Archives
  • Jazz Studies
  • Media and Place
  • Popular Music Studies
  • Screen Cultures

We initially extend this invitation to members of the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research; however, we are also interested in proposals from associates of the centre who have contributed to the theme through participation our research seminars, events, or through collaboration with colleagues from the centre. In the spirit of the theme, we welcome proposals offering alternative approaches to traditional academic outputs.

Submission Process

  • This timeline accounts for maternity leave on the editorial team.
  • In the first instance prospective contributors should submit chapter proposals of 350 words, accompanied by an indicative bibliography, by Friday 18 February 2022.
  • The deadline for a first draft of full submissions of 6000-8000 words including notes will likely be late August 2022.
  • Submissions will be reviewed by the editors of the special edition and subject to a process of peer review by an advisory board.
  • Feedback and a final timeline will be shared with contributors in due course.

Submissions and enquiries should be directed to both editors:  and

Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research
Birmingham Institute of Media and English
Birmingham City University