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Jazz Heritage Wales, in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity St David, is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the fourth Documenting Jazz Conference to be held at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, Wales on 9th to 12th November 2022. This conference is supported by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) and Brecon Jazz.

Call For Papers

Documenting Jazz seeks to draw together colleagues with an interest in jazz studies from a diverse array of backgrounds and welcomes contributions from scholars of all career stages, independent and non-academically affiliated scholars and researchers, critics, archivists, librarians and practitioners to foster an atmosphere of rich interdisciplinary discussion and debate. 

This year’s conference will focus on the theme of diversity and will therefore create an interdisciplinary forum which is both inclusive and wide-ranging for sharpening awareness, sharing studies and experiences, and focusing the debate on the many aspects of diversity in jazz today raising the following questions:

  • Who gives voice to diversity in the jazz world? 
  • What does diversity mean in Jazz Studies in particular? 
  • Does jazz as musical and social practice contribute to intercultural dialogue? 
  • Has jazz transcended boundaries beyond its sub-cultures? 
  • Are diversity and inclusion problematic within mainstream education and research, programmes, perspectives, ethics and methodologies? 
  • What can we say about jazz practice, its histories and communities?

As with previous conference editions, in Dublin (2019), Birmingham (2020) and Edinburgh (2021), while in no way limited to these, the conference committee encourages individual/joint papers and panels which address the theme of diversity and offers the following points of departure: 

  • Jazz on/in Film & Television        
  • Jazz as Social Practice                  
  • Jazz and Technology                     
  • Jazz and Gender                            
  • Jazz and Sexuality                         
  • Jazz and Politics                            
  • • Jazz and Aesthetics                     
  • Jazz and Visual Culture                 
  • Jazz and Disability                        
  • Jazz and Improvisation
  • Jazz and the Environment/Ecology
  • Jazz and the virtual world/AI
  • Jazz and Wellbeing
  • Jazz Performance Practice
  • Jazz in the Popular Imagination
  • Jazz as Discourse
  • Jazz and its Heritage Legacy
  • Jazz and its Emerging Communities

Proposals are invited in the following formats: 

  • Individual papers (20 mins duration plus 10 mins Q&A, 250-word abstract). 
  • Joint papers (max 2 speakers, same format as above). 
  • Themed sessions (3 papers totalling 90 mins, up to 250-word abstract per paper plus 250 words outlining the rationale for the session). 
  • Round-table discussions (90 mins, max. 6 speakers. 750-word abstract outlining the format, content and rationale for the session). 
  • Lecture recitals or other forms of practice-based content (500-word abstract outlining the format, content, and rationale for the session). 
  • Posters (250-word abstract). 

NB: Please note that while presentations that make some use of film or video within the time limits are welcome as always, there it is not possible for the conference to consider the inclusion of entire movies. 

Proposals should include: 

  • Title for the paper and/or session. 
  • Name, contact details and affiliation of the speaker(s). In the case of themed sessions and round-table sessions, the panel convenor. 
  • A brief biography of the speaker(s) (100 words per speaker). 

Please send proposals to by 8 pm (GMT) until 15th September 2022. We will inform contributors of acceptance by 9th October 2022.

NB: Given some ongoing uncertainty due to Covid-19 as well as in the interest of reducing the conference’s carbon footprint, the conference committee is planning that the event will be fully hybrid. We welcome you all to Swansea in November, but online engagement for those unable to attend will be supported.

Conference Committee:

Dr Roger Cannon (Brecon Jazz)
Deb Checkland (Jazz Heritage Wales)
Dr Pedro Cravinho (Birmingham City University)
Nicola Dowdle (University of Wales Trinity St David)
Paula Gardiner (Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama)
Dr Lynne Gornall (Brecon Jazz)
Alison Harding (University of Wales Trinity St David)
Dr Marian Jago (University of Edinburgh)
Orphy Robinson MBE (London Performing Academy of Music)
Professor Ian Walsh (University of Wales Trinity St David)
Jen Wilson (Jazz Heritage Wales)