Call for Papers

The call for papers has now expired.

The Jazz and National Identities Conference 2011 is a three day multi-disciplinary conference that brings together leading researchers in the fields of jazz studies, media and cultural studies. The Conference committee invites papers and panel proposals that feed into the Conference theme and is interested in featuring perspectives from a range of international contexts.

Although not restricted to specific themes, possible topics could include:

National identity and jazz
Trans-national or post-national jazz sounds
Jazz nationalism and nationalistic movements
The musical McDonalds? Jazz and the politics of globalisation
Migration and trans-cultural exchange
Jazz as quintessentially American music
Media dissemination and the spread of jazz culture
Jazz as classical, folk or popular music
Venues, festivals and the dynamics of culture
Jazz and the cold war
Exploring sonic identities (African American, the Nordic Tone, S. African jazz)
Jazz and frontier myths
National jazz criticism
Jazz in urban and rural spaces
Interrogating the “Afrological” and “Eurological”
Jazz racisms, censorship and propaganda
Cultural memory and jazz
National ensembles and/or trans-national collectives
Postcolonial settings for jazz
Origins, mythology and the construction of jazz history
Modernism, postmodernism and jazz

The Conference committee welcomes individual papers and proposals for panels and round table discussions. For individual papers, abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted. Panels and round table proposals should include a session overview, participant biographies and description of individual contributions.

Abstracts and proposals (as well as event queries) should be sent to Professor Walter van de Leur ( by 25 February 2011.

Conference Committee

Nicholas Gebhardt (University of Lancaster)
George McKay (University of Salford)
Walter van de Leur (Conservatory of Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam)
Loes Rusch (University of Amsterdam)
Tony Whyton (University of Salford)