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New Jazz Histories: a one day symposium/Jazz Research Journal special issue

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Call for Papers
New Jazz Histories: a one day symposium/
Jazz Research Journal special issue

19 November 2008
Adelphi House, University of Salford

"History is his story - my story is a mystery"
Sun Ra

Since the mid-1990s jazz scholars have challenged established jazz
histories, using a range of critical methodologies to examine the
constructed nature of existing narratives. More recently, studies have
set out either to write new jazz histories or to expose the underlying
ideologies of canon formation and a linear tradition found within the

This one day symposium will explore the theme of New Jazz Histories,
Alyn Shipton's New History of Jazz (Continuum, 2007 [2nd edition]) as a
starting point for discussion. Alyn Shipton will provide an
to the event, focusing on the problems of reconciling academic history,
oral history and discographical concerns in one synoptic history.
Subsequent papers may seek to use Shipton's work as a starting point for

discussion, exploring the nature of jazz history. The event aims to
provide an interdisciplinary context for discussing and developing a
deeper critical understanding of what jazz is.

The review committee welcomes papers that cover one or more of the
following topics:

* Writing new jazz histories
* Tradition and lineage
* The origins of jazz
* Causality and teleological narration
* Historical revisionism
* Canonisation and cultural value
* The mythology of jazz
* Progress and modernity
* Forms of jazz historiography
* Jazz modernism, postmodernism and the avant garde
* Community and boundary
* Subverting dominant codes and conventions

Selected papers will feature as articles in a special issue of the Jazz
Research Journal (www.equinoxpub.com), to be published in 2009.
Therefore, authors must ensure that submissions have not been previously

published or being considered for publication elsewhere.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to Tony Whyton
(t.whyton@salford.ac.uk) by 15 September 2008.

Review panel: Tony Whyton (University of Salford), Nicholas Gebhardt
(University of Lancaster), Catherine Parsonage (Open University) and
George McKay (University of Salford)


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