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Perspectives on Musical Improvisation II

Posted: October 25th, 2013 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

9th-12th September 2014
Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

Following the success of the first Perspectives on Musical Improvisation (PoMI) conference in Oxford in September 2012, a second conference (PoMI II) will take place in Oxford on 9th – 12th September 2014. As with the 2012 event, this conference will address the many faces of improvisation from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. While retaining the same broad and inclusive approach as for PoMI I, the organisers are keen to encourage submissions that will contribute to one or more of the following themes:

  • Improvisation and the social: in what ways does improvisation organise collective musical experience?
  • Improvisation as a term: is it still useful, does it need refining or qualifying and how might productive distinctions in improvisational practice be identified and conceptualised?
  • Improvisation and value: how do cultural values and beliefs shape improvisational practices?  What claims are made for the benefits and drawbacks, possibilities and limitations of improvisation?
  • Analysing improvisation: (how) can improvisation be analysed in ways appropriate to its particular modalities?
  • Consisting only of plenary sessions, over the course of four days, the conference will include papers, panel discussions, poster presentations and musical performances.


Proposals of 300 words are invited for papers of 25 minutes; and of 200 words for posters. Proposals must be sent as a Word attachment to [email protected], should clearly indicate whether they are for a paper or poster, and must include the following: title, author(s), affiliation(s), email address for contact. The deadline for proposals is 17th January 2014. Decisions on proposals will be communicated in early March.

The conference is part of the research programme of the AHRC-funded Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP) and is organised by Eric Clarke, Mark Doffman, David Maw, and Emily Payne.

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