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Cultural Trends Special Double Issue May/July 2019

Call for Papers

The Cultural Trends Special Double Issue May/July 2019 will be devoted to Audience Data and Research: Perspectives from Scholarship, Policy, Management and Practice. The editors are Dr Ben Walmsley (University of Leeds, UK), Dr Katya Johanson (Deakin University, Melbourne) and Dr Steven Hadley (University of Sheffield, UK).

At a time of increasing audience mobility and greater competition for audience attention, the need to understand audiences in a deeper and richer way is at the forefront of concerns for funding agencies, policymakers and arts organisations, and increasingly for scholars. In this context, the Cultural Trends double issue May/July 2019 aims to stimulate new critical debate on the potential of emerging audience research methods and approaches to provide fresh insights into questions of experiential enrichment and cultural value. The proposed special issue will provide a forum to showcase and bring together the highest quality contributions of, between and beyond social science, arts and humanities disciplines to explore the potential complementarity of evolving approaches to audience research, and will pose an in-depth opportunity for investigating evolving methods. It will also situate, contextualise and showcase the emerging academic field of audience studies. As such, part of this special issue will critically explore a range of empirical approaches, methods and methodologies to highlight new research across the many disciplines that contribute to audience scholarship.

The call also provides an opportunity for those working both within and outside of the cultural sector to use analytical tools and methods from other fields to provide new insight and understanding on current patterns of cultural consumption.

The deadline for the submission of papers is 14 December 2018.

For more information, please contact: Dr Ben Walmsley, b.walmsley@leeds.ac.uk