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Jazz, Politics and the Popular

2006 Leeds International Jazz Conference

Since its inception in 1994, the annual Leeds International Jazz
Conference has developed into one of the leading events of its kind in
Europe.  Next year's conference will be held on 24 - 25 March 2006 and
will feature workshops, panel discussions and presentations on the
theme of "Jazz, Politics and the Popular", a title designed to examine
the discussion of jazz and its place within discourses on popular
music.  The event will include a keynote presentation from Professor
Simon Frith (University of Edinburgh), who will discuss the complex
and often neglected relationship between jazz and popular culture.

Call for Papers

As part of our programme of events, the conference committee invites
proposals for papers, panels and roundtable discussions.  We welcome
presentations that seek to comment on advances within the field,
including commentary on the emergence of cross-disciplinary thinking
and the development of new jazz scholarship.  Proposals are invited
for papers on any area of jazz research, however, possible topics for
consideration may include:

	*	Jazz and popular culture 
	*	Jazz at the margins - the politics of popularity and the
	*	Globalisation and the marketplace
	*	Jazz and dance: club cultures, sub-cultures
	*	Where is the jazz in popular music studies?
	*	The canonisation of jazz
	*	Smooth jazz
	*	Understanding jazz communities
	*	Accessibility vs. 'dumbing down' in contemporary jazz
	*	Political discourses in jazz
	*	Jazz as cultural signifier
	*	Jazz in film
	*	Crooners
	*	Valuing jazz
	*	Jazz and the media
	*	The commercial potential of jazz
	*	The politics of fusion
	*	The public face of jazz
	*	Authenticity
	*	Jazz and advertising
	*	Jazz and post-modernity
	*	Jazz and black identity
	*	Evaluating jazz post Ken Burns
	*	The position of jazz within the academy
	*	Understanding jazz audiences

Individual presentations should be no more than twenty minutes in
duration. Proposals should take the form of a title followed by an
abstract of not more than 200 words.  Deadline for submission is
Monday 28 November 2005. Decisions will be notified by 5 December
2005.  Abstracts should be addressed to:

Dr Tony Whyton
Head, Centre for Jazz Studies
Leeds College of Music
3 Quarry Hill
Leeds LS2 7PD, UK

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