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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Jazzahead 2011, Bremen

May 02 2011 Published by under Events

Welcome speech at Jazzahead

Tony and I spent the past few days in Bremen at the Jazzahead 2011 conference. It was a really productive as well as a really enjoyable event. Great music, food and people of course, but we also managed to get an incredible amount of work done.

One of the things I”m working on for the Rhythm Changes project is an analysis and report on the ways in which national jazz agencies use the internet. I”m interested in the extent to which they engage with social media, how they conceive of and implement their communication role, whether they think of the internet as anything other than promotional, and what experiences they”ve had with online media.

Belgian jazz

The great thing about being at Jazzahead was that as a jazz trade fair, so many European national jazz agencies were present, so I was able to interview the heads of fourteen different organisations (out of sixteen attending) in the space of two days. To try and get these people for the research any other way would have been close to impossible, but as everyone was in the same place and all enjoying themselves, everyone was happy to chat and they were all very interested in the project, which is encouraging of course.

I”m transcribing the interviews now, and have started work on writing a report to circulate. The aim of the report is to share best practice among these agencies and also to make suggestions and recommendations based on my analysis of their websites and the developments and strategies they discussed in our conversations.

Opening act

Tony was also busy interviewing at the conference, but we managed to see a bit of live music, meet some fantastic people, sample some very nice wine and eat some great food while we were there.

A very worthwhile trip in every respect.

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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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