Conference: So What? Jazz and Improvised Music Research and its Impact on Artists, Scenes and Society - call for abstracts/proposals

Call for abstracts: 9 March 2018
Conference dates: 1-3 June 2018
Event Location: Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, Victoria
Website: So What

The Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network (AJIRN) is pleased to announce a call for papers/presentations for a 3-day research conference on jazz and improvised music presented by The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music – Monash University in association with the 2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF).

So What? is a timely invitation to explore the impact of jazz and improvisation research on artists and communities of practice and the way we put jazz and improvisation knowledge to work in a variety of different fields and settings. Those interested in preparing proposals may consider the following questions:


  • What are the implications of jazz and improvisation research for other artistic and research communities?
  • How are audience attitudes shaped by institutional agendas?
  • How does research undertaken in the academy feed back into communities of practice and how might this best be measured?
  • What can we do to enhance our impact within our own research and creative communities?

Please note that this list is by no means either exhaustive or exclusive and that we welcome proposals for presentations that include live performances. The deadline for abstracts/proposals is 9 March 2018.