Documenting Jazz 2020

Documenting Jazz 2020 Conference
16 – 18 January 2020
Birmingham City University, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Extended Deadline: Sunday, 11 August 2019
Conference Chair: Dr Pedro Cravinho

Keynote speakers:
Professor Catherine Tackley (University of Liverpool)
Associate Professor Kristin McGee (University of Groningen)

Birmingham City University is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Documenting Jazz conference, being held on 16–18 January 2020. Now in its second year, Documenting Jazz brings together colleagues from across the academic, archive, library, and museum sectors to explore and discuss documenting jazz. Since its first edition in Dublin 2019, the Documenting Jazz Conference aims to bring together an unparalleled variety of experiences drawn from across the world. It includes contributions from individuals of all career stages, from established scholars and practitioners to those just starting their careers. We embrace the academic sector and other heritage and cultural organisations in partnership with each other, and communities. Our keynote speakers are drawn from across the academic sector to inspire debate and discussion amongst its participants.

In Ways of Seeing, John Berger argues that though every image embodies a way of seeing – every photograph is the photographer’s selection from an infinite number of other sights – so too our perception of an image changes with our personal way of seeing. The act of documenting jazz embodies ways of documenting that reflect assumptions of the past. As changes in technology, cultures and economies have profoundly influenced and affected our perception of music, alternative ways of documenting jazz must be considered, explored, and discussed. Documenting Jazz 2020 invites proposals on this year’s theme of ways of documenting jazz, either as individual or collaborative projects. The programme committee welcomes submissions focusing on ways of documenting jazz as visual culture, and its distinct representations: photography, press, cinema, television, and web. We also invite proposals that address ways of documenting that challenge the traditional narratives surrounding jazz as a male-dominated domain. This year’s conference also aims to consolidate discussions around issues of gender, and the way those have been documented or marginalised in this music history. While not restricted to these themes, we invite submissions that address critical ways of documenting jazz around the following areas:

• Jazz in Photography
• Jazz on/in Television
• Jazz in the Press
• Jazz online
• Jazz on/in Cinema

Proposals are invited as individual papers, joint papers, proposals for themed panels and round-table discussions. Further information regarding submitting proposals can be found at
Enquires and submissions can be sent to Dr Pedro Cravinho (