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CFP: Performance Without Barriers
April 2, 2018
Contemporary Music Review special edition on music improvisation and Inclusion
- 2 April 2018: Abstracts of 300 words due
- 24 April 2018: Selected Authors notified and asked to submit a full paper (length between 3000 and 5000 words)
- 1 September 2018: Full papers due
- December 2018: Final Proofs
- February 2019: Expected Date of Publication.
Performance Without Barriers invites proposals for a Contemporary Music Review special edition on music improvisation and Inclusion.
Musical improvisation is an important non-verbal mode of dialogue that can engender communication across borders of difference. Free improvisation in particular facilitates musical dialogues across generations and cultural borders. Furthermore, the possibilities of transposing the ‘language’ of musical improvisation and its practices and discourses, have been investigated in areas of study outside of the creative arts. This includes usages of improvisation in inclusive practices, with marginalised groups and for enhancing well being and social cohesion.
Many forms of improvisation practices have been characterised as being social, political as well as aesthetic endeavours. Improvisation can enable musicians not only to explore their instruments in unusual ways, but allow for exploring new modes of social organisation, challenging hierarchical structures, and emphasising inclusive, egalitarian relationships between collaborators.
We are interested in new research on music improvisation: from the potential inherent in improvisation practices towards inclusion, as well as those which may reinforce exclusive identities; practical applications of improvisational forms of knowledge and behaviours into other disciplines; to investigation into the social and political impact of improvisation on people’s lives. For this special issue we invite proposal on (but not limited to):
* Improvisation and inclusion
* Critiques of the language and the politics of “inclusion” in improvised music contexts
* Practices of improvisation that include marginalised groups
* Inclusive music making
* Improvisation and exclusion
* Socially engaged practice / art
* Critical disability studies
* Improvisation and well being
* Peace studies and improvisation
* Improvisation and flow
* Improvisation studies
* Music therapy / community music therapy
* Improvisation in Sonic Arts
* Improvisation in Sound Studies
* Other topics may be considered at the discretion of the guest editors.
Abstracts of 300 words or less should be sent to:
[email protected] (2 April 2018)
For more information on Contemporary Music Review including full submissions instructions, please visit the journal’s website: http://www.tandfonline.com/GCMR
Guest Editor: Dr Franziska Schroeder, Improviser, Senior Lecturer and Impact Champion (Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast)
Guest Editor: Dr Koichi Samuels, AHRC Creative Economy Engagement Fellow (Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast)
Guest Editor: Dr Rebecca Caines, Associate Professor in Creative Technologies and Director of the Regina Improvisation Studies Centre
MAP (Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance, University of Regina)
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