Translating Improvisation | Symposium “Just Improvisation: Enriching child protection law through musical techniques, discourses and pedagogies”

Symposium “Just Improvisation: Enriching child protection law through musical techniques, discourses and pedagogies”


  • 23 Jun


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29th / 30th May 2015

Sonic Arts Research Centre
Queen’s University Belfast

// Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)



Fri 29 May 2015
2.00 pm  Welcome & Introduction (Paul Stapleton and Sara Ramshaw)
2.15 pm  Panel 1 ‘Child Protection as Social Practice: Challenges and Possibilities’
Chaired by Marcella Leonard (Independent Social Worker)
With  John Devaney (Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast – School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work), Siobhan Graham (Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid) and Anne Donnelly (Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid)

3.45 pm Coffee/Tea Break
4.00 pm Keynote 1 Ellen Waterman (Professor of Ethnomusicology, Memorial University, Canada), ‘Improvisation and the Audibility of Difference’

5.00 pm Wine Reception
5.30 pm Double-bill concert Okkyung Lee and Maria Chavez

Part #1 – Okkyung Lee

Part #2 – Maria Chavez


Sat 30 May 2015

9.45 am  Coffee/Tea
10.00 am  Deep Listening Workshop Led by Pauline Oliveros
11.00 am  Parallel Workshops Musical Improvisation / Hydra (Legal Improvisation)
(Documentation coming soon)
1.00 pm  Lunch break
2.00 pm  Panel 2 Informal performances and open discussion about workshops
3.00 pm  Keynote 2 Pauline Oliveros, ‘Safe to Play’

4.00 pm  Coffee/Tea
4.15 pm  Panel 3 & Plenary Discussion ‘Imagining the Future’
Chaired by Ellen Waterman
With Sara Ramshaw, Siobhan Keegan QC (Vice-Chair of the Bar of Northern Ireland), His Honour Judge Brian Sherrard and Her Honour Judge Patricia Smyth

5.15 pm  Closing Remarks by Sara Ramshaw and Paul Stapleton

Additional Invited Musicians
Tom Arthurs, Rachel Austin, Matt Bourne, Steve Davis, Ed Devane, Bennett Hogg, Dave Kane, Adnan Marquez-Borbon, Han-Earl Park, Dennis Peters, Simon Rose, Phil Smyth, Michael Speers.