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      Aleisha Ward

      Kia ora koutou,

      With the usual apologies for cross posting, and please note that we warmly welcome non-jazz improvisation research and performance:
      <p style=”text-align: center;”>AJIRN5 2022 Conference</p>
      <p style=”text-align: center;”>https://www.ajirn.com/
      Space is the Place: ‘Real’ and ‘Virtual’ Localities</p>
      <p style=”text-align: center;”>May 6–8, 2022Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>The 2022 AJIRN conference theme ‘Space is the place’ invites participants to think about where improvisation occurs, where it might occur, how it interacts with its spaces and places, the movements and migratory patterns of improvising artists, what role locality in any of its forms plays in improvisation studies, and more. Many forces today—not least the increasing awareness that international travel on a large scale is ecologically unsustainable—conspire to drive us to rethink ‘the local’ as the primary place of our collaborative practices. Might this lead to a culture shift in which local agency replaces the traditional hegemonic centers of creative practice? Conversely, the COVID-19 pandemic has stimulated many novel modes of creative collaboration via technologically-afforded ‘virtual’ spaces. So while ‘the local’ is being reclaimed as the foundational collaborative locus, it is simultaneously taking on new registers, since even disparate spaces and places can be conjoined to form new virtual localities. Here Sun Ra’s insistence that ‘space is the place’ takes on dynamic new valences, from local place to cyberspace.</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>We welcome proposals for individual papers, performances, panel discussions, and hybrid formats that engage this theme. Assuming travel is possible in 2022, we are planning for a hybrid conference with robust on-the-ground activities but also opportunities for remote participation.</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Proposals that fit one of the following sub-themes are especially encouraged:</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”> Local scenes</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>-     DIY culture</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>-     local improvisational practices</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>-     trans-local migrations</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>-     diasporas</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”> – networks and nodes</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Virtual places</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>-     technological affordances for interactive improvisation</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>-     the local and the global- improvisation in the metaverse</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Site-specific practices</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>- ecological and environmental spaces</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>- digital and hybrid ‘sites’</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>- new creative environments and future possibilities</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Space and time</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>-     improvisation in Afro- and indigenous-futurist temporalities</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>-     improvisation’s places in history</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>- musical space-times</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”> ‘a place in this space’</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>-     Marginalised/minoritised musicians’ space in a community of practice</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>-     Creating improvisatory safe spaces- Inclusion and wellbeing</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>
      Key Note Speakers:</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Nicole Mitchell  (University of Pittsburgh)</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Sandy Evans (University of New South Wales)</p>
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      Conference organising committee:</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Chris Stover (Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University), chair</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Robert Burke (Monash University) President</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Christopher Coady (Sydney Conservatorium)</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Roger Dean (Western Sydney University)</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Louise Denson (Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University)</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Bruce Johnson (University of Turku; University of Technology Sydney)</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Stephen Newcomb (Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University)</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Miranda Park (Monash University)</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Hannah Reardon-Smith (Macquarrie University)</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Vanessa Tomlinson (Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University)</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Aleisha Ward (University of Auckland)
      Ngā mihi nui, and a happy holiday season to you all</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Aleisha</p>

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