Call for Papers

Contemporary Music Review special edition on music improvisation and Inclusion

  • 2 April 2018:  Abstracts of 300 words due
  • 24 April 2018:  Selected Authors notified and asked to submit a full paper (length between 3000 and 5000 words)
  • 1 September 2018: Full papers due
  • December 2018: Final Proofs
  • February 2019: Expected Date of Publication

Musical improvisation is an important non-verbal mode of dialogue that can engender communication across borders of difference. Free improvisation in particular facilitates musical dialogues across generations and cultural borders. Furthermore, the possibilities of transposing the ‘language’ of musical improvisation and its practices and discourses, have been investigated in areas of study outside of the creative arts. This includes usages of improvisation in inclusive practices, with marginalised groups and for enhancing well being and social cohesion.

Many forms of improvisation practices have been characterised as being social, political as well as aesthetic endeavours. Improvisation can enable musicians not only to explore their instruments in unusual ways, but allow for exploring new modes of social organisation, challenging hierarchical structures, and emphasising inclusive, egalitarian relationships between collaborators.

We are interested in new research on music improvisation: from the potential inherent in improvisation practices towards inclusion, as well as those which may reinforce exclusive identities; practical applications of improvisational forms of knowledge and behaviours into other disciplines; to investigation into the social and political impact of improvisation on people’s lives. For this special issue we invite proposal on (but not limited to):

Improvisation and inclusion

Critiques of the language and the politics of “inclusion” in improvised music contexts

Practices of improvisation that include marginalised groups

Inclusive music making

Improvisation and exclusion

Socially engaged practice / art

Critical disability studies

Improvisation and well being

Peace studies and improvisation

Improvisation and flow

Improvisation studies

Music therapy / community music therapy

Improvisation in Sonic Arts

Improvisation in Sound Studies

Other topics may be considered at the discretion of the guest editors.

Submission Instructions

  • Abstracts of 300 words or less should be sent to: (2 April 2018)

For more information on Contemporary Music Review including full submissions instructions, please visit the journal’s website:

Editorial information

Guest Editor: Dr Franziska Schroeder, Improviser, Senior Lecturer and Impact Champion (Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast)

Guest Editor: Dr Koichi Samuels, AHRC Creative Economy Engagement Fellow (Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast)

Guest Editor: Dr Rebecca Caines,  Associate Professor in Creative Technologies and Director of the Regina Improvisation Studies Centre
MAP (Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance, University of Regina)

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