Of course, delegates come to our conferences for the intellectual exchange with other researchers. Since Rhythm Changes hosts the largest jazz conferences in the academic field, there is a lot of inspiring banter. But the second best reason to be part of these events are the totally cool collectible retro bags we hand out to the delegates. Keep an eye out for this year’s design, presented here soon!
You know you must be doing something right when the jazz media starts reviewing academic events. Excellent! Here’s to more and deeper dialogue and collaboration between all critics, enthusiasts, and historians of the music. As reviewer Ian Patterson asks in his piece, just published here in the leading online magazine All About Jazz:
The study of jazz in academic institutions may be a relatively modern trend, but the presence of over a hundred academics from South Africa to Russia and from America to Portugal at the Rhythm Changes: Rethinking Jazz Cultures conference, at Media City UK, Salford, underlined that it’s an undeniably global phenomenon. It’s also a sign of the continuing evolution and maturation of historical, socio-political, anthropological and musicological perspectives on music that is more than a century long in the tooth. There may be some who feel that jazz and academia make for odd companions, mutually exclusive fields, but if academic scrutiny is good enough for poetry, literature, graphic art, cinema, theater and other forms of music, then why not jazz?
Quite. Why not. Knowledge exchange, in process.
If you’re still having Conference withdrawal symptoms and enjoyed the Storified Twitter feed and London Jazz Blog Conference summary below, why not check out the photo gallery of selected images from the Rethinking Jazz Cultures event here?
A big thank you to Ian Patterson, Andrew Dubber, George McKay and Walter van de Leur for sharing their images with us! Feel free to send in more images and we’ll add them to the gallery.
The provisional schedule for the Rethinking Jazz Cultures Conference can be downloaded here:
Rhythm Changes II draft schedule
The cross disciplinary event will be the largest jazz research conference ever hosted, featuring c.90 presentations across a four-day period. The Conference will kick off with a reception at The CUBE gallery in Manchester on Thursday 11 April which showcases Paul Floyd Blake’s Rhythm Changes photography exhibition.
Visit the conference pages on this site or click here to register for the event.
Rethinking Jazz Cultures provides an opportunity to explore a number of critical questions bound up with jazz and the dynamics of culture, from Americanisation to the politics of migration and race, from the impact of globalisation and the hybridisation of musical styles to the creation of social institutions and distinct communities, from jazz’s shifting aesthetic status from popular to canonical ‘art’ music. Jazz continues to play a complex role in the cultural life of nations worldwide, shaping scenes, constructing communities and cultural values; the music feeds into historical narratives that are marked by conflict and contradiction but the role the music plays in everyday life is rarely understood. Whilst jazz has developed in a range of national settings through different influences and interactions, as evidenced in the first Rhythm Changes Conference in Amsterdam 2011, the music is also a transgressor of the idea of nation. ‘Rethinking Jazz Cultures’, therefore, aims to explore wider issues surrounding identity and inheritance, enabling unique perspectives on how culture is exchanged, adopted and transformed.
Rethinking Jazz Cultures is a three day multi-disciplinary conference that brings together leading researchers in the fields of jazz studies, media and cultural studies, history and American studies. The event will take place at the University of Salford’s prestigious new building at Media City UK, Salford Quays, commencing with a reception on Thursday 11 April 2013. The Conference committee invites papers and panel proposals that feed directly into the Conference theme and is interested in featuring perspectives from a range of international contexts. Although not restricted to specific themes, possible topics could include:
• Jazz, Americanisation and the politics of globalisation
• Sonic cultural identities (African American, the Nordic Tone, South African jazz etc.)
• Jazz cosmopolitanism
• Migration and trans-cultural exchange
• Jazz scenes, contexts and places
• Sub-cultural practices
• Genre boundaries and hybridity
• Trans-national or post-national jazz sounds
• Postcolonial settings for jazz
• Jazz collectives and communities
• Media dissemination and the spread of jazz culture
• Venues, festivals and the dynamics of culture
• Jazz, censorship and political struggle
• Jazz in urban and rural spaces
• Jazz traditions
• Cultural politics of jazz
• Cultural memory and jazz
• Revising jazz history
The Conference committee welcomes individual papers and proposals for panels and roundtable discussions. For individual papers, abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted. Panels and roundtable proposals should include a session overview, participant biographies and description of individual contributions. Abstracts and proposals (as well as event queries) should be sent to Professor Tony Whyton ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) by 5 November 2012.
The first Rhythm Changes Conference will take place in Amsterdam from 2-4 September 2011. The international event, co-hosted with the Amsterdam Conservatory, will focus on the theme of ‘Jazz and National Identities’. Keynote speakers will include Professor Bruce Johnson (Universities of Macquarie, Turku and Glasgow) and Professor Ronald Radano (University of Wisconsin-Madison). For further information, click on the Call for Papers