Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Call for Papers/New Journal Announcement

Critical Studies in Improvisation/Etudes critiques en improvisation


Critical Studies in Improvisation/ Etudes critiques en improvisation is an open-access, peer-reviewed, academic journal on improvisation, community, andsocial practice housed at the University of Guelph. The editorial and advisory boards are made up of leading international scholars spanning diverse disciplines. Critical Studies in Improvisation/Etudes critiques en improvisation will be published twice yearly in December and May. An advance inaugural issue will be published in September 2004 and launched at the 2004 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium.

While improvisational music has historically been analyzed within specific musical disciplines, what distinguishes the research profiled in CSI/ECI is its emphasis on improvisation as a site for the analysis of social practice. We contend that improvisation demands shared responsibility for participation in community, an ability to negotiate differences, and a willingness to accept the challenges of risk and contingency. Yet improvisation is a contested term. Its cultural significance is in dispute both in the academy and in the broader public understanding. CSI/ECI seeks to reveal the complex structures of improvisational practices and to develop an enriched understanding of the social, political, and cultural functions those practices play.

We are particularly interested in articles that interrogate improvisation as a social and musical practice, and that assess how innovative performance practices play a role in developing new, socially responsive forms of community building across national, cultural, and artistic boundaries.

Contact Information and Submission Deadline: Articles can be submitted in English or French to CSI/ECI by email at jazzcoll@uoguelph.ca
Submission deadline for the inaugural issue is May 15, 2004.