Helvete: A Journal of Black Metal Theory

Below is some information on Helvete: A Journal of Black Metal Theory including the Call for Papers for the inaugural volume. I don’t listen to metal at all, but I know a lot of people who read my blog do, so this will be of interest to many of you. Call me when someone starts a journal of Black Coffee Theory.

Helvete is a new open access electronic and print journal of black metal theory.

Zachary Price
Aspasia Stephanou
Benjamin Woodard

Editorial Advisory Board
Dominic Fox
Nicola Masciandaro
Dan Mellamphy
Michael O’Rourke
Karin Sellberg
Steven Shakespeare


Incipit: Open Issue
Helvete: A Journal of Black Metal Theory (Winter 2012)
Edited by Zachary Price, Aspasia Stephanou, and Benjamin Woodard

The editors of Helvete, a new journal of black metal theory, invite submissions for the journal’s inaugural issue. This issue is open topic in two senses. Firstly, it is an open issue in that all submissions appropriate to the journal’s general theme will be considered. Secondly, however, the editors encourage contributors to consider the topic itself open just as the first issue of a periodical publication is its opening. Thus, submissions that interrogate the problematics of beginning and genesis—or of openings, apertures, holes, etc.—at the conjunction of black metal and theory will be given priority. Black metal theory is the practice of the mutual blackening of theory and metal, and thus pushes the limits of contemporary academic genres by definition. In recognition of this, the editors welcome not only proposals for articles, but also for non, para, and protoacademic works, including commentaries, fragments, and visuals. We wish to encourage engagement in black metal theory by whatever means necessary.

1 September 2011: Proposals due
1 March 2012: Drafts due
June 2012: Drafts returned with comments
1 September 2012: Final drafts due
Winter 2012: Publication

Proposals may be sent to the editors at helvetejournal@gmail.com
For detailed guidelines, see the Submission Checklist on our website.


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