Call for papers: Agency in Jazz and Improvisation Conference (deadline 15 April)

Call for Papers Closes: 15 April 2017
300 word abstracts/proposals and 150 word bios to be submitted by: 3rd April 2017 to before 11:59 pm
Opening Evening: 2 June, Paris Cat, Melbourne
Conference: 3-4 June, 2017.
Event Location: Melbourne, Australia
Website: Link

Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network (AJIRN) and Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University - Inaugural Conference - in association with the 2017 Melbourne International Festival of Jazz.

Discussion around agency has accumulated in significant research and commentary about jazz and improvisation – particularly in terms of aesthetics, culture and cognition. The thrust of the discussion seems to have moved from assuming the musician has singular agency in his or her work to a more distributed agency where other agents collaborate to create music.

We encourage a cross-section of researchers from the field to explore the notion of agency in jazz from multiple perspectives, including:

  • the consequential and inter-related impact of diverse and dynamic agents on creativity and innovation in improvised and experimental Jazz;
  • how agency is articulated in the analysis of performance/composition, including for example, identifying methods of analysis appropriate to a particular modality;
  • articulating and accommodating sociological concepts of agency, such as maintaining allegiance to localities in globalised, post-diasporic Jazz;
  • How agents and agencies are characterised in performance experimentation;
  • The utilisation of agents and agencies external to the composer, performer and performance; and
  • The contrasting frameworks of musicologists and experimental performers/composers in relation to agency.

Papers and proposal for presentations that could include live performances are welcome from researchers. There will be two formats offered

  1. Presentations/papers of 20 minute followed by 10mins discussion.
  2. Post Graduate presentations/papers of 10 minutes followed by 10 minutes of panel discussion. These papers can be on the topic specific to their research with expert feedback by a panel.