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Two new book series at LUP: Liverpool Studies in Popular Music and Place and Liverpool Studies in the Politics of Popular Culture

We are delighted to announce the acquisition of two book series from Emerald Publishing to Liverpool University Press, which will be managed by our Editorial Director, Alison Welsby, with the series editors, Dr Brett Lashua (University College London) and Dr Stephen Wagg (De Montfort University).

Liverpool Studies in Popular Music and Place looks at popular music in relation to place, considering not only cities but rural and suburban places, alternative or marginal spaces, online spaces, and other music geographies. By doing so, the series aims to publish engaging research on issues of cultural identities, globalization, migration, belonging and exclusion, or histories and cultural heritage. This book series provides a critical space for scholars to theorise about the changing place of popular music where it is encountered, enjoyed, and contested.

Liverpool Studies in the Politics of Popular Culture considers the debates about power, ideology, hegemony, (dis)order, resistance and reproduction through the lens of popular culture. Looking at popular culture in its broadest sense, including topics such as celebrity and reality TV, popular culture and youth, race and diversity, Internet culture, music, cinema, social media, games, comedy, popular literature, comics, radio, advertising and consumerism, sports, and much more, this series aims to explore the politics of popular culture and the way it is intertwined in the everyday lives of ordinary people. Books currently contracted in this series are:

  • 21st Century Black British Music edited by Dr Monique Charles and Dr Mary W Gani (due for publication in early 2022)
  • Americana: Music, DIY Culture and Millennial Cool by Dr Dave Robinson (due for publication in late 2022)
  • British Alternative Comedy: A Cultural History, 1979 to 1992 by Dr Raymond Campbell (due for publication in 2023).

Series Editors, Brett Lashua and Stephen Wagg: “We’re extremely happy to be moving to such a long established and prestigious academic publisher and very much look forward to working both with them and with authors.”

LUP’s Editorial Director, Alison Welsby: “Music, place, politics, and popular culture are themes that resonate strongly with Liverpool University Press, the University of Liverpool, and the city of Liverpool, and I am truly delighted to be working with the series editors to publish engaging and thought-provoking publications in these areas.”

Proposals are warmly welcomed for Liverpool Studies in Popular Music and Place and Liverpool Studies in the Politics of Popular Culture. For further information please contact Alison Welsby (

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