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Leeds International Jazz Conference 2008: Jazz Places and Spaces

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Thursday 13 – Saturday 15 March 2008

Leeds International Jazz Conference is an annual event focusing on jazz research, education and performance. It is the only conference of its kind in the UK, offering a unique forum to hear some of the latest sounds and ideas in jazz, as well as opportunities for discussion and networking, information exchange and professional development.

LIJC 2008 will take place at Leeds College of Music from Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 March. We are delighted to welcome Professor Ingrid Monson as the keynote speaker for the event. Professor Monson is the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music at Harvard University, supported by the Time Warner Endowment. Prof. Monson won the Sonneck Society's 1998 Irving Lowens Prize for the best book on American music for Saying Something, Jazz Improvisation and Interaction (1996). Her most recent work is on Freedom Sounds: Jazz, Civil Rights, and Africa, 1950-1967, (2005). She is also editor of The African Diaspora: A Musical Perspective (2000).

The conference programme will encompass paper presentations, workshops, performances and discussions under the overarching theme of Jazz Places and Spaces. Whilst the classic triumvirate of places - New Orleans, Chicago and New York - has become well established through the construction of jazz history, jazz is now regarded as an integral part of society and community life in many locations across the globe. Within geographic areas, specific places have functioned as significant centres for jazz performance, from formal concert halls to informal domestic situations, leading to consideration of the various relationships negotiated amongst performers and audiences and the positionality of jazz in cultural hierarchies. In a more abstract sense, various physical and virtual spaces for jazz can be created by elements as diverse as architecture, dance, film, social context, musical forms and performance practice.

Call for Papers

The conference committee invites proposals for papers, lecture recitals, 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 in accordance with the theme may include:

Jazz in specific geographic locations
‘Local heroes’
Stylistic associations of places
The effect of migration and multiculturalism on jazz
Jazz communities and scenes
Mythical places in jazz history
The social role of jazz in specific communities
Jazz in the concert hall
Jazz clubs
Jazz and dance places
Jazz outside the city: suburbs and countryside
Reflections of location in jazz composition and improvisation
Improvisational ‘space’
Jazz outside America
Perceptions of place and space on jazz recordings
The effect of location on jazz performance
The place of jazz in cultural hierarchies
Jazz in popular culture
Reception of jazz
Jazz places on film
Gender in jazz places and spaces
Jazz and tourism

Individual presentations should be no more than twenty minutes in duration. There may be opportunities for longer slots for lecture recitals. Proposals for panels should include details of each presenter/paper to be included.

Proposals should take the form of a title followed by an abstract of not more than 200 words. The deadline for submissions is Monday 26 November 2007, and decisions will be notified shortly after this date.

Submissions should be addressed to:

Amy Jagger
Research and Enterprise Administrator
Leeds College of Music
3 Quarry Hill

or emailed to:


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