Call for Practice: Musicology on Screen Special Issue

Screenworks Call for Practice-Research Submissions

Special Issue – Musicology on Screen

Edited by Dr Estrella Sendra, and Guest Editors: Dr Barley Norton and Joseph Owen Jackson

This guest-edited Special Issue of Screenworks invites practitioner-researchers to submit audiovisual works of any length exploring the theme: Musicology on Screen.  We particularly welcome work conducted in regions across the Global South and underrepresented communities. Capturing the sounds and images of music practices, festivities and rituals throughout the world contributes to the preservation of different forms of intangible heritage while, at the same time, promoting the dissemination of this localised knowledge across fixed geographical borders. Artistic engagement thus offers a spectrum of innovative, diverse and accessible visual, sonic and haptic ways of communicating and analysing music that may incorporate – yet also extend beyond – the written word through myriad nonverbal forms of communication.

By focusing on music practices on screen, we encourage practice-led scholarship on the intersection between sound and image, and the challenges and opportunities of documenting sound through both still and moving images. Statements supporting the submissions should share critical reflection about issues of access and positionality conducting fieldwork, and the process of developing academic arguments through screen media practice and new digital media.

Topics may include (but are not restricted to): 

  • – Music festivals and rituals
  • – Filming queer music practices
  • – Music and/as multilingualism
  • – Learning about/through music practices 
  • – Theorising music through film and multimedia
  • – Multimodality, music and new digital media 
  • – Listening through viewing
  • – Decolonising methodologies and ethical considerations in fieldwork
  • – Accessing, filming and archiving endangered music practices 
  • – Musicology, digitalisation and the pandemic

Submissions should be composed of screen media practice research supported by a 2,000-word research statement, and be submitted by completing the Online Submission Form. Please read the submissions guidelines for further details. Screenworks is committed to accessibility, so please also check our Accessibility policy, which requires accepted work to be captioned and complemented by a descriptive transcript. 

The deadline for submissions is 1 March 2022 for publication in Summer 2022.

About the editors: 

Dr Estrella Sendra, associate editor in Screenworks, is Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies at SOAS, University of London, and Lecturer in Global Media Industries at Winchester School of Art University of Southampton, with a particular interest in Senegalese screen media and African film festivals. Interested in artistic research, she is the co-author of the Introductory Guide to Video Essays (2020). For her research and documentary film production see:  

Prof Barley Norton teaches music and filmmaking in the Music Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has conducted extensive field research in Vietnam and his audiovisual work includes the films Hanoi Eclipse: The Music of Dai Lam Linh (2010) and Make a Silence: Musical Dialogues in Asia (2020).

Joseph Owen Jackson is an editor and content producer for The Location Guide and makers magazine. He disseminates media for the ERC-funded project Screen Worlds: Decolonising Film and Screen Studies. The title for his submitted PhD thesis is Kahlil Joseph, New Media and the Audiovisual Atlantic: Music and Moving Images between Africa, America and Europe. You can find out more about his work at:

Thank you very much for considering Screenworks for publishing your work.  

Screenworks is the online journal for peer-reviewed screen media practice research, supported by the Digital Cultures Research Centre, UWE Bristol. 


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