International symposium: Jazz Cosmopolitanism from East to West

Jul 21 2014 Published by under Events, News

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Jazz Cosmopolitanism from East to West is 3 day symposium hosted by Ningbo University College of Arts in partnership with the School of Arts & Media, University of Salford.

Date and Location
9-12 January 2015, Ningbo University College of Arts, Ningbo, China

Call for Papers

“Jazz is so much more than music: it is a lifestyle and a tool for dialogue, even social change. The history of jazz tells of the power of music to bring together artists from different cultures and backgrounds, as a driver of integration and mutual respect.” Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO

Jazz Cosmopolitanism from East to West will focus on jazz as both a national and transnational cultural practice, comparing the uses and representations of music in different international contexts in order to explore questions relating to the development, assimilation, appropriation, and exchange of culture. Jazz plays a complex role in the cultural and sub-cultural life of different international scenes and this event will examine ways in which jazz scholars, musicians and fans interpret and interact with the music, the ways in which jazz networks are constructed and established in various cultures, how music is translated, and serves as a driver for social and cultural change. Jazz Cosmopolitanism from East to West will investigate ways in which the music can challenge established stereotypical distinctions between national settings and regions, including concepts of East and West.
The organising committee welcomes proposals for presentations which focus specifically on the following themes:

a?? Jazz as a tool for social change and/or cultural understanding
a?? The relationship between jazz, national cultural values, and transnational influences
a?? Jazz in translation: the cultural meanings of jazz in different international settings
a?? Challenging dominant representations of jazz as evidenced in the attitudes and practices of critics, musicians and audiences as well as representations in film, television and literature. This could include the exploration of established mythologies and stereotypes distinctions between East and West

Conference organisers
Professor Yu Hui (Ningbo University College of Arts)
Professor Tony Whyton (School of Arts & Media, University of Salford)

Deadline for proposals
12 September 2014

Proposals of c.300 words should be sent to Professors Yu Hui ( and Tony Whyton (

English / Chinese

Accommodation / Fees
There will be no conference fee but travel, accommodation and subsistence costs must be met by individual participants. The symposium host will provide a limited accommodation allowance and one-day free local sightseeing for international participants.

Ningbo City
Ningbo is a seaport city in the northeast of Zhejiang province, Chinai??holding sub-provincial administrative status with a population of 7.6 million. It is one of China’s oldest cities, with a history dating to the Hemudu culture in 4800 BC. The city was known as a trade city on the silk road at least two thousand years ago, and then as a major port for foreign trade since the Tang Dynasty. It enjoys both historical culture atmosphere and the dynamic economic development of modern China.

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CFP – Global Circulations of Jazz

Mar 05 2013 Published by under Events

This conference in France in June looks very interesting and highly relevant to Rhythm Changes scholars and fans!

Prof George McKay

AHRC Leadership Fellow, Connected Communities Programme
University of Salford
Manchester M50 2HE, UK
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Dear Colleagues,

Papers from all over the world are most welcome.

Best wishes,

More information here :
Call for Papers

An international conference entitled "Global Circulations of Jazz" will be held on June 27-28, 2013, at the MusA?e du Quai Branly. Bringing together specialists, anthropologists, historians, musicologists, sociologists, the dissemination of jazz outside of its places of birth will be explored. We will look at this a??other jazza??, whose history is little and poorly known. Jazz music circulated very early on and engendered particularly rich and fertile musical and cultural progeny around the world.

Papers are encouraged that will increase our understanding of the spread of jazz in South Africa, in Mauritius and in the Indian Ocean, South America and even in India and Asia. This "global" jazz prefigured the great movement of globalization of popular music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, but remains poorly documented. The conference will bring together researchers from different countries, who have begun to address, preferably on an empirical basis, these secondary circuits of diffusion.
The conference will conclude with the screening of a documentary on the dissemination of jazz in India, Finding Carlton. Uncovering the Story of Jazz in India, followed by a discussion with the director, Susheel Kurien.

Organizing Committee:

StA?phane Dorin, CESSP (EHESS-CNRS-UniversitA? Paris 1 PanthA?on Sorbonne) – Catherine Servan-Schreiber, CEIAS (CNRS-EHESS)

Panagiota Anagnostou (IEP Bordeaux) Anne Monier (EHESS), Nowak Florence (EHESS), Myrtille Picaud (EHESS).

Scientific Committee:

Chair: Steven Feld (University of New Mexico)

Marc Chemillier (EHESS), StA?phane Dorin (UniversitA? Paris 8), Tim Dowd (Emory University), Jean-Louis Fabiani (EHESS, CEU Budapest), Gisa JA?hnichen (Humboldt-University of Berlin), Wenceslas LizA? (UniversitA? de Poitiers), Denis-Constant Martin (IEP Bordeaux), Carol MA?ller (University of Pennsylvania), Goffredo Plastino (University of Newcastle), Damon Phillips (Columbia), Olivier Roueff (CNRS), Marco Santoro (UniversitA? di Bologna), Catherine Servan-Schreiber (CNRS), Catherine Tackley (Open University).

Submitting papers:


This call for papers is aimed at scholars as well as doctoral students from various disciplines. Papers should rest on empirical work, while not being purely descriptive, and discuss the results, theoretical issues and methods. Papers around various countries and cultural areas are welcome, as well as those addressing the topics in a comparative perspective.


Proposals may be submitted in French or English. Each proposal shall contain the following:

      Author (s)

      Title (s)

      Affiliation (s)

      Discipline (s)

      Address (es)

      Title of the paper

      Summary (between 3000 and 4000 characters spaces included)

      Key references

Proposals should be sent in Word format before April 5, 2013 to the following address:

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Call for papers – Conference Transnational Mediascapes: Sound and Vision in Europe

Feb 13 2013 Published by under Events


Transnational Mediascapes: Sound and Vision in EuropeUniversitA? Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, May 14th-15th, 2013

Deadline for applications: February 28 th, 2013The conference will take place at the Department of Media and Performing Arts, Catholic University of Milan, in association with Ce.R.T.A. a?? Centro di Ricerca sulla Televisione e gli Audiovisivi and ALMED a?? Alta Scuola in Media, Comunicazione e Spettacolo.

Media studies have been forced by convergence, digitization and globalization to look beyond the traditional structure of national media systems, histories and habits, and to begin to analyse their phenomena according to a wider, and more complex, point of view. On one side, they have started to reconstruct the global flows of information and entertainment, the basis of a a??mainstream culturea?? that unifies a?? at least partially a?? different geographical, political, social and cultural areas. On the other, they have begun to follow media products and trends in their complex paths across various countries and macro-regions, underlining both the differences and the deep similarities in shapes and meanings, in production processes as well as in consumption practices. Especially in the field of television and sound studies, in recent years, some progresses have been made towards a transnational point of view on historical processes and on contemporary developments, both finding shared theories, methodologies, and analytical tools, and identifying useful case studies and histories.The conference will address two main topics in two different daily sessions:

Day 1: Transnational Television: Towards a Comparative TV History
Day 2: Transnational Soundscapes: Sound and the Media in Europe 

Day 1 

Transnational Television: Towards a Comparative TV History 

UniversitA? Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, May 14th, 2013 

Following the comparative approach to European television established by recent works as Jonathan Bignell and Andreas Fickersa?? A European Television History (2008) and JA?rA?me Bourdona??s Du service public A? la tA?lA?-rA?alitA?. Une histoire culturelle des tA?lA?visions europA?ennes (2011), the focus on trans-nationality in television is one of the most compelling and current challenges for TV studies. If the medium is still deeply national in many aspects, in fact, digitization and globalization include TV into wider multi-national exchanges of ideas, formats, programmes, genres, trends, and also viewing practices. 

Confirmed keynote speakers: JA?rA?me Bourdon (Tel Aviv University), John Ellis (Royal Holloway, London), Peppino Ortoleva (University of Turin). There will be also the presentation of the latest issues of View. Journal of European Television History and Culture and Comunicazioni sociali. 

Abstracts are invited for contributions to the conference that will seek to compare television histories, genres, trends, production, and distribution practices across different countries and regions, in Europe as well as in the rest of the world, offering a wide approach on methods, theories and case histories. 

The topics can include: 

– The (im)possibility of a transnational history of television;
– Definitions and methods for the comparative approach;
– Public Service Broadcasting, Commercial TV and Pay TV across different countries;
– Logics of broadcasting in different countries;
– Production practices in different countries;
– Scheduling practices in different countries;
– TV brands in different countries;
– Genre definitions and redefinition in different countries;
– Textual evolutions in different countries;
– Consumption practices in different countries;
– Transnational circulation of TV products;
– Production and consumption macro-areas (i.e. European Community, English-speaking countries);
– Original research findings on single case histories across two or more nations. 

Scholars from all areas of TV and media studies are invited to submit proposals for contributions. 

Each speaker will have about 20 minutes of speaking time. 

Proposals (250 words, written in English, French or Italian), along with short biographical notes and key bibliographical references, are due by February 28 th. Submissions should be sent to Attilia Rebosio, 

Notifications of acceptance will be sent no later than March 10 th. 

Day 2 

Transnational Soundscapes: Sound and the Media in Europe 

UniversitA? Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, May 15th, 2013 

In post-WWII Europe, popular culture began to relate to a wide range of mediatized practices, at the centre of which the growing music industry essentially revolutionized the media- and soundscapes we live in. This already convergent network expressed a wider social change towards modernity, mobility, new gender relations, that could also be felt as a generational shift. For us today it seems likely to have been the place for the building of individual and collective life histories, allowing an interpretation in terms of personal and collective memories and cultural heritage. 

In order to begin a reconceptualization of such cultural practices, we are in need of more information concerning the historical background, the modes of production and the industrial strategies, the textual and paratextual output and the patterns and ways of consumption that characterized the crucial encounter between audio-visual media and popular music, gathering different methodological perspectives as much as comparing different national or transnational trajectories. 

As a consequence, the aim of this symposium is to explore from a comparative perspective, European popular culture in its crucial journey towards mediatization from 1945 to the Seventies, as an exemplary trajectory for its seemingly excessive foregrounding of music and sounds within the national film, radio and television cultures and the transnational mediascape. Topics of papers may include: 

– A? A? A? A? popular music and media industry
– A? A? A? A? european Media industry vs American media industry
– A? A? A? A? amplification and high fidelity;
– A? A? A? A? audiovisual performance and the canonization of popular forms;
– A? A? A? A? national/transnational pop music and culture;
– A? A? A? A? popular music in film, radio and television;
– A? A? A? A? cross-media singers and performers
– A? A? A? A? stardom and fandom. 

Confirmed keynote speakers are: 

Franco Fabbri (University of Turin), Andreas Fickers (Maastricht University), Wolfgang MA?hl-Benninhaus (Humboldt UniversitA?t Berlin) 

Scholars from all areas of media and popular music studies are invited to submit proposals for contributions. 

Each speaker will have about 20 minutes of speaking time. 

Proposals (max. 250 words, written in English, French or Italian), along with short biographical notes and key bibliographical references, are due by February 28 th. Submissions should be sent to Attilia Rebosio, 

Notifications of acceptance will be sent no later than March 10 th.

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Rhythm Changes Conference 2013

Jun 14 2012 Published by under News

Call for Papers
Rhythm Changes II: Rethinking Jazz Cultures
11-14 April 2013, Media City UK/University of Salford
An international conference hosted by the Rhythm Changes research project at the University of Salford.

Keynote Speakers
E. Taylor Atkins, Northern Illinois University
David Ake, University of Nevada, Reno

“From its beginnings, jazz has presented a somewhat contradictory social world: Jazz musicians have worked diligently to tear down old boundaries, but they have just as resolutely constructed new ones; jazz provided one of the first locations of successful interracial cooperation in America, yet it has also served to perpetuate negative stereotypes and to incite racial unrest.a?? Continue Reading »

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CFP: Analyzing and Interpreting Improvised Music

May 25 2012 Published by under Events, News

Here’s an interesting one:
Call for Articles a?? Issue 5: Analyzing and Interpreting Improvised Music

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Instant composing, real-time music, current music, free jazz, intuitive music a?? the genre indications on the part of artists point to a struggle surrounding a volatile subject. The focus of this issue is to present and discuss the scholarly methods for interpreting and analyzing these and similar genres and to identify their possibilities and limitations.

The topics in this area range from procedural questions of methodological and manual problems of transcription and translation from one sign system to another to problems of descriptive language right up to discussion of aesthetic premises, which, consciously or unconsciously, we bring to the subject. Ultimately, it comes down to the question of what subject we are dealing with when we analyze: a musical structure, a sonic result, a concert situation, a performance, a performance in the sense of performance art, a document of social communication, group processes, or the celebration (possibly arising from other contexts) of festival and performance cultures.
We warmly welcome all authors who are interested in the issue to send their articles for consideration. Editorially-supported languages are German, English, French, and Italian.

In addition to scholars from different disciplines we would also like to invite composers, musicians, and artists to express their views through reflections on their own art or the art of others.

The contributions should not exceed 45,000 characters in length (including spaces). The deadline for articles is 15 September 2012. Please send in submissions by e-mail to

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Call for papers: Nostalgias

May 14 2012 Published by under Events, News

A special issue of Volume! The French Journal of Popular Music Studies

Edited by Hugh Dauncey (Newcastle University) & Christopher Tinker (Heriot-
Watt University)

Volume!, the French peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the interdisciplinary
study of popular music a?? seeks contributions for a special issue on nostalgia
and popular music in a variety of national, international and transnational

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CfP Fourth annual Jazz Education Network Conference, January 2-5, 2013, Atlanta, GA

May 14 2012 Published by under Events

The fourth annual Jazz Education Network Conference, January 2-5, 2013, Atlanta, GA is calling for submission of research papers related to its theme a??Networking the Jazz Arts Communitya??Local to Globala??. The research track solicits the submission of original, principled research papers dealing with topics related to audience development for jazz with focus on presenting and producing jazz events in traditional and new venues, and marketing and messaging about jazz events. Building on the success of 2012 Jazz Arts Initiative (JAI) Workshop Track, we are most interested in topics that link to the following two ideas:
Ways to Sustain Presenting and Producing in Smaller Venues: The JAI research findings demonstrate that venue preference is a significant decision factor for audiences when deciding whether or not to engage with jazz. Across almost all market segments, current and potential ticket buyers indicate they would most likely prefer to engage with jazz in clubs or lounges with small tables. Among 18 – 34 year olds, venue may be a significant barrier to participation. These findings require us to explore more questions like: 1) What is the new sustainable business model for presenting in small or unusual venues? Additional experimentation, dialogue, and assessment will allow JAG to scale findings to help organizations of all sizes and locales bring new energy to jazz, as well as emerging, independent and creative music.
Ways to Leverage Story, Context, and Messaging for Deeper Engagement: As the Columbus Jazz Arts Group (JAG) further explores the role venue plays in jazz participation we must also animate segmentation solutions for current and potential jazz ticket buyers in Central Ohio. The next step for full implementation and impact of this data is to design, test, implement and refine messages/images that motivate audiences to action. The research will guide a variety of smaller experiments, perhaps in tandem with the venue experiments, about ways to effectively communicate with each market segment (10 in all), or across segments simultaneously.

The research track will run parallel with presentations by the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus on the Jazz Audiences Initiative. The research serves as a framework for testing new strategies for overcoming barriers to jazz participation and for building jazz audiences through more targeted marketing and programming efforts. For more information on the initiative and a review of the literature, visit:
Submission guidelines:
Submit a 1-2 page abstract by June 15, 2011. Papers should directly relate to the research questions above and may include:
A? Historical perspectives on jazz/ arts audiences
A? Quantitative studies
A? Case studies
A? Literature reviews
Submissions need to be Word documents in .doc or .pdf format. Presentations will be 50 minutes in length, including a minimum of 10 minutes for questions and answers. A projector and screen will be available, presenters will need to provide their own computers and projector adapters. Presenters must be members of JEN and attend the JEN conference. For more information, to submit an abstract, and join JEN go to

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Rhythm Changes Conference 2011

Oct 12 2010 Published by under Events

The first Rhythm Changes Conference will take place in Amsterdam from 2-4 SeptemberA?2011.A? The international event, co-hosted with the Amsterdam Conservatory, will focus on the theme of a??Jazz and National Identitiesa??.A? Keynote speakers will include Professor Bruce Johnson (Universities of Macquarie, Turku and Glasgow) and Professor Ronald Radano (University of Wisconsin-Madison).A? For further information, click on the Call for Papers

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