Translating Improvisation | Colloquium and Concert “Translating Improvisation: Beyond Disciplines, Beyond Borders”

Colloquium and Concert “Translating Improvisation: Beyond Disciplines, Beyond Borders”


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. The event was open to the public and free of charge

. The event was generously sponsored by the QUB School of Law, the Sonic Arts Research Centre and the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities.

Translating Improvisation: Beyond Disciplines, Beyond Borders 
Colloquium – 10 am to 5pm
Wine reception – 6pm
Concert – 7pm
29 May 2014
Venue, Sonic Arts Research Centre


10.00 – 10.15
Introduction Simon Waters

Session 1 (10.15 – 12.15)
The Possibility of Translating Musical Improvisation Across the Humanities
Chair: Simon Waters

This panel engages with improvisation as a social practice through an exploration of the possibility of translating improvisational practices, discourses and pedagogies from the musical realm to other disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences (AHSS). The invited speakers come from a variety of AHSS disciplines, including Law, Creative Arts/Drama and Architecture/Spatial Arts.

10.15 – 10.35
Connal Parsley (Kent Law School)

10.35 – 10.55
David Grant (QUB School of Creative Arts)

10.55 – 11.15
Ruth Morrow (QUB SPACE)

11.15 – 11.35
David Lametti (McGill Law School, Canada)

11.35 – 12.15
Questions and Discussion


Session 2 (1.00 – 2.45)
The Practice of Translating Musical Improvisation Across the Humanities
Chair: Paul Stapleton

The second session of the colloquium takes for granted that translating musical improvisation can take place across the humanities and instead focuses on the issue of how this translation might take place or what music can contribute to the rethinking of concepts that other disciplines cannot.

1.00-1.20
Eric Lewis (McGill School of Philosophy, Canada)

1.20-1.40
Marcel Cobussen (Leiden University, Music Philosophy and Sound Studies,Netherlands)

1.40-2.00
Simon Rose (Glasgow Caledonian University and Berlin)

2.00-2.45
Questions and Discussion


2.45-3.00
Coffee Break

Session 3 (3.00 – 5.00)
The Future of Translating Musical Improvisation Across the Humanities
Chair: Sara Ramshaw

One of the key tenets of critical studies in improvisation (CSI) is the belief in improvisation’s emancipatory promise. Instead of being purely unplanned and unstructured, improvisation self-consciously engages with tradition, enabling resistance to oppression and injustice and opening up possibilities for new ways of conceiving community, both locally and at the global level. These panellists will explore the future of improvisation and CSI through the themes of social change, possibility and community, relying on examples from dance, music and other areas of (artistic) expression.

3.00-3.20
Aoife McGrath (QUB School of Creative Arts)

3.20-3.40
Daniel Fischlin (Guelph University, School of English and Theater Studies, Canada)

3.40-4.00
Ajay Heble (Guelph University, School of English and Theater Studies, Canada)

4.00-4.45
Questions and Discussion

4.45-5.00
Closing Remarks Paul Stapleton and Sara Ramshaw


6.00 
Wine Reception and Launch of AHRC-funded Research Project, ‘Into the Key of Law: Transposing Musical Improvisation. The Case of Child Protection in Northern Ireland’ (Ramshaw and Stapleton)

7.00
Concert by
 Bourne/Davis/Kane