Translating Improvisation | Seminar by Translating Improvisation Research Group “The Improvising Lawyer: Practice and Pedagogy”

Seminar by Translating Improvisation Research Group “The Improvising Lawyer: Practice and Pedagogy”


  • 18 Feb


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The Improvising Lawyer: Practice and Pedagogy
A seminar by Adnan Marquez-Borbon (Research Fellow “Into the Key of Law” project), Dr. Kathryn McNeilly (Research Assistant “Into the Key of Law” project), Seamus Mulholland (Research Assistant “Into the Key of Law” project), Sara Ramshaw (Law School, University of Exeter) & Timothy Waddell (PhD candidate, QUB, SPACE)
13 February 2015
1 – 2 pm, Multimedia Room
Sonic Arts Research Centre


ABSTRACT: ‘Cobra’ is an semi-improvised experimental music score, composed by John Zorn, which takes the form of a complicated game, often with cacophonous results. The AHRC-funded research team, ‘Into the Key of Law’, has adapted Zorn’s Cobra for use in training law students and legal advocates. This legal ‘game piece’, entitled ‘Hydra’, hones legal argumentation skills, requiring participants to be Hydra-headed and able to rapidly analyse a legal issue from a variety of angles and perspectives. The pedagogy behind such, the process of creating Hydra, and its possible applications in other disciplines, is focus of this panel discussion, as a rich case study through which to analyse the benefits and challenges of collaborative interdisciplinary research and the possibility of translating improvisation across disciplines.