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IICSI Research Studio Session, Featuring Dr. Rashida K. Braggs’ “Amber in the City of Light”

April 12 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Graphic for the 2024 IICSI Research Studio Session. Firday, April 12, 2024. All Day Event. Keynote @ 9:00 AM (ET). Student Presentations to Follow. ImprovLab. Free.

Please join us on Friday, April 12 at 9:00 AM (ET) for IICSI’s “Research Studio Session, Featuring a Keynote Presentation by Dr. Rashida K. Braggs: Amber in the City of Light”

The morning will begin with Dr. Braggs’ keynote, followed by presentations of student work through the rest of the day.

This event will take place in person at ImprovLab, MCKN 108 at the University of Guelph. The keynote presentation by Dr. Braggs will be streamed online via Zoom, the student portion will be in person only.

To attend the Keynote Portion of our day of research, please RSVP via our Google Forms. The studio session and keynote presentation are free and open to all!

More About the Research Studio Session:

The idea is to encourage grad students in the IMPR program and students/researchers working as research assistants with IICSI to present short (3-5 minute) descriptions of their improvisation-related research or work at an end-of-semester gathering of other students, as well as IICSI team members, staff, and invited guests.

Inspired, in part, by the “Three-Minute Thesis” competition for grad students, we hope that participants will respond to the challenge to present their work and its wider impact and implications in plain language in five minutes or less.

Kicking off the Research Studio Session will be a keynote presentation by Dr. Rashida K. Braggs (Africana Studies, Williams College, USA), entitled “Amber in the City of Light” which will begin around 9:00 AM (ET). Dr. Braggs’ presentation will be streamed online via Zoom.

More About The Keynote Presentation:

Dr. Rashida K. Braggs will screen and discuss Amber in the City of Light, a solo multimedia performance that shares and re-envisions the experiences of Black African diasporic women jazz artists who have migrated to Paris, France. Culling original interviews, field notes and archival research, Dr. Rashida K. Braggs enacts multiple narratives through an embodied performance that merges original song, dance, poetry and theatre.

More About The Presenter:

Dr. Rashida K. Braggs is a scholar-performer who acts, dances, sings, composes music and performs spoken word. Jacob’s Pillow, Williams College Museum of Art, the Tapir Art Gallery and the United Solo Theatre Festival have featured her performances. She is also a Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College (Williamstown, Massachusetts), a Fulbright Global Scholar, and a co-recipient of a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship. The author of Jazz Diasporas: Race, Music and Migration in Post-World War II Paris, Rashida has also published in such journals as the Nottingham French Studies, the Journal of Popular Music Studies and The Black Scholar.

Schedule of Events:

9:00 KEYNOTE: Rashida K Braggs (Africana Studies, Williams College, USA), “Amber in the City of Light”

10:00 – 10:30 BREAK

10:30 Nick Fraser, “Smooth Operations: Composing Music for (Free?) Improvisers”

10:45 Rachelle Myrie, “‘The Spirit of the Thing’: Music, Improvisation, and Human Flourishing in African, Caribbean, and Black Communities”

11:00 Taylor Graham (School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph), “The Blyth Festival Theatre and the Imagined Community of Rural Canada”

11:15 Matthew Endahl, “Holding Space for/in Ensemble Creativity”

11:30 Kathryn Cobbler, “Growing Intimate Conversations: Examining the Performer-Composer Connection of Music Improvisation”

11:45 Jordan Zalis (Ethnomusicology, Memorial University of Newfoundland), “Clouds of Probability: Improvisation as Effectuality in Spectacular Sports Theatre”

12:00 noon – 1:00 lunch

1:00 Aimée Dawn Robinson, “Full Circle”

1:15 Michael Bergmann, Improvnetics: Post-anthropocentric performance and improvisational modes for human-AI play, or: What we talk about when we talk about Intersentient empathy”

1:30 Mike Hansen, “When Does Noise Become A Sound?: Redefining Through Participatory Sound Art Practices”

1:45 Sofia Boz (Pedagogical, Educational and Instructional Sciences, University of Padua, Italy), “Jazz’n School”

2:00 Bob Wiseman, “The Black Box”

2:15 Brent Rowan, “Critical Hardware, Software, and Infrastructure Considerations for Telematic Musicking”

2:30 annais linares, “Arts-Based Kin Making: Co-creative Multispecies Accompaniment”



April 12
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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