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CFP: “Intersections of the Popular and the Sacred in Youth Cultures”

YOUNG (Nordic Journal of Youth Research) Special Edition Open Call Intersections of the Popular and the Sacred in Youth Cultures

Recent years have seen a growing interest in ”re-scripting the sacred” through popular culture. Although ”youth” as an age-based category has lost its privileged status within such studies of popular culture, young people remain vital (sub)cultural agents. There has also been renewed interest in the ubiquitous contestations and ambiguities around the notion of the ”popular” in light of the increasing commodification and standardisation of culture, the opposition this engenders, and the cultural drift into virtual worlds.

The special edition of YOUNG focusses on the interrelations between popular culture, the youth and the category of the sacred. The aim is to interrogate understandings of popular and youth cultures in relation to the contested phenomena of (post)secularisation, re-enchantment and the emergence of alternative spiritualities. Seeking to analyse the social and cultural changes accompanying these phenomena, the special issue will facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue between youth studies, cultural studies, religious studies and the broader social sciences.

The journal invites submissions that locate themselves at the intersection of the three contested concepts, seeking to re-examine and re-evaluate the dynamics within and between cultural phenomena prefixed with ”popular”, ”sacred” and ”youth”. This general theme may be approached from within any discipline or methodology.

The special edition will contain five articles of 5000-8000 words with a separate 3-5,000 word introduction written by the editors.

Manuscripts should be submitted in electronic form online at:

Start the procedure by clicking the REGISTER button. We only accept articles (in English) that have not been published elsewhere and that have been anonymised. References in both the text and end notes should follow Harvard style whereby references should be cited in the text as (author, date: page) and an alphabetical references section follows the text.

Deadline for papers The deadline for submissions for this special edition is 31st May 2015.

Guest editors The Guest Editor will be Antti-Ville Kärjä.
Responsible journal editor: Anders Sjöborg.