Research Library

As part of our commitment to making our work and outputs accessible, and to generate further dialogue on the issues we explore, IICSI has created an online Research Library. Here you will find a range of pieces including films, articles, think pieces, and interviews. Please use the search function or browse, and check back again as this library will be updated regularly.

Research outcomes related to the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice project (2007-2013) are available in the ICASP Research Collection.

The Share Publication

In 2012, Improvisers-in-Residence Susanna Hood and Scott Thomson engaged in a broad range of community-based, collaborative creative initiatives in Guelph. This publication gathers a series of reflections on the residency, including an extended discussion of their work by Hood and Thomson, photographs, and a film profiling the final public performance of the residency.

Think Piece: Improvisation and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

ABSTRACT The current Syrian refugee crisis—the civil war and the displaced peoples that resulted from it, but also the crisis with respect to how Western countries have responded to it—affirms a renewed need to learn to deal with social dissonance. In this piece, Paul Watkins discusses the ways in which social and musical improvisation (particularly…

World Percussion Summit & IICSI Launch

In September 2013 the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) launched with a world percussion summit featuring Hamid Drake, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Jesse Stewart and Dong-Won Kim. IICSI is the next generation of Guelph’s award-winning Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) project.

IMP Labs participant Ryan Anaskan

Critical Studies in Improvisation – Études critiques en improvisation

The Critical Studies in Improvisation/ Études critiques en improvisation is an open-access, peer-reviewed, electronic, academic journal on improvisation, community, and social practice housed at the University of Guelph. The editorial and advisory boards are made up of leading international scholars spanning diverse disciplines.

Improvisation and Leapfrogging

The History of Improvisation in Toronto and the Episteme of the Twentieth Century “I am inclined toward leaping forward” – Mao Zedong, 2 February 1959 “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” – Neil Armstrong, 20 July 1969 Here is one way to tell the history of improvised music in Toronto:…

Fierce Urgency of Now book cover

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Improvisation, Rights, and the Ethics of Cocreation

The second book to launch in the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice series with Duke University Press is the co-authored volume, The Fierce Urgency of Now: Improvisation, Rights, and the Ethics of Cocreation, by Daniel Fischlin, Ajay Heble, and George Lipsitz. The book proposes the vital argument “not only that improvisation and rights can be…

The Improvisation Studies Reader

Improvisation is a performance practice that animates and activates diverse energies of inspiration, critique, and invention. In recent years it has coalesced into an exciting and innovative new field of interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry, becoming a cornerstone of both practical and theoretical approaches to performance. The Improvisation Studies Reader draws together the works of key artists…

the share performance

The Share Video

In Autumn 2012, ICASP Improvisers-in-Residence Scott Thomson and Susanna Hood created a multi-generational community art and music experience entitled ‘The Share.’ The film captures some of the beautiful songs, dances, and interactions that made ‘The Share’ so special.

Play Who You Are

Sounding Futures: Play Who You Are

A short documentary the 2014 Play Who You Are Playsense and KidsAbility summer camp with Jesse Stewart,

People Get Ready Book

People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz is Now!

The first book to launch in the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice series with Duke University Press, Ajay Heble and Rob Wallace‘s coedited collection, People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz is Now!, is “something of an attempt to correct the historical record, and … an intervention into current debates both about where the music…

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