Call for Papers: Jazz and Cinema

The Soundtrack

Special Issue on Jazz and Cinema

Guest editor: Hiu M. Chan, Cardiff University


Estella Tincknell , University of the West of England

Michael Filimowicz, Cinesonika Cinesonika

The Soundtrack is a multi-disciplinary journal which brings together research in the area of music and sound in relation to film and other moving image media. 







The special issue Jazz and Cinema is now calling for papers ! 

We are calling for academic articles from a range of approaches – theoretical, historical, industrial, aesthetic or technological – that fit  the theme of  ‘Jazz and Cinema’. We also welcome work on musician biographies; jazz soundtrack albums, and relevant book reviews. Professionals, musicians, journalists are also welcome to submit.

Please submit your articles or reviews to Hiu M. Chan:

Deadline for full paper submissions: 5th December 2013

If you have any questions, or you would like to submit an abstract before you start writing the article, please feel free to contact Hiu via above email.

We are also organising a conference before the submission deadline

Jazz and Cinema Conference 2013

1st – 2nd November

Cardiff University 

Cardiff, United Kingdom

The conference will gather academic scholars and others with an interest in the relationship between jazz and cinema from across a range of disciplines.

Possible themes could include:

  • Analysis of the use of pre-existing jazz recordings to soundtrack films
  • Analysis of purpose-made jazz soundtracks
  • The social implications of the use of jazz in cinema
  • The historical development of jazz in cinema
  • Jazz musicians on the screen, an exploration of jazz musicians’ appearances in filmOther topics around the broader theme of Jazz & Cinema are also invited for submission.

We are delighted to confirm our keynote speaker will be Dr Nicolas Pillai from Warwick University. Dr Pillai is currently researching jazz in British film and television, as well as teaching more widely on music and visual culture. He has given papers on European jazz culture as an invited speaker at the National Jazz Archive and at Rollins College, Florida.

Selected papers from the conference will be published in The Soundtrack special issue on jazz and cinema in 2014.

If you are interested in presenting your paper/review  at the conference, please send an abstract of 300 words and your C.V. to

Deadline for abstract submission: 25 June 2013

Successful submissions will be notified no later than 1st July 2013


Contributions (5000–6000 words for Major Papers, 1000–3000 words for reviews and shorter articles) should include original work of a research or developmental nature and/or proposed new methods or ideas that are clearly and thoroughly presented and argued.

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