“Jazz, Criticism, and American Politics”

An International Conference: “Jazz, Criticism, and American Politics”

Boston University, 12-13 April 2012

Keynote Speaker: Lewis Porter (Rutgers University)

The Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at Boston University in collaboration with the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center will host an international conference, “Jazz, Criticism, and American Politics,” on April 12 and 13, 2012. The Gotlieb Archival Research Center houses several important collections spanning the history of American jazz in the twentieth century, from bandleaders Don Ellis and Cab Calloway, songwriters Sylvia Dee, Abel Meeropol, and Johnny Mercer, singer Ella Fitzgerald, to the writings of jazz historians and critics Andre Hodeir, Winthrop Sergeant, Henry Pleasants, Nat Hentoff, and Charles Keil.

Proposals on the archive’s holdings exploring the relation between jazz repertories, criticism, and politics are particularly encouraged, as well as on more general aspects of jazz criticism.

Papers will be thirty minutes in length followed by fifteen minutes of discussion. Abstracts of 350 words (in Word or PDF) should be sent to the Conference Administrator, Panayotis League, to whom all questions should be addressed. (pleague@bu.edu). The deadline for submissions is 1 December 2011.

Program Committee: Steven Cornelius, Thomas Peattie, Andrew Shenton, Jeremy Yudkin.