Saturday, April 11, 2020
Saturday, April 11, 2020
Submission Deadline
Friday, January 31, 2020
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah is pleased to announce the Call for Papers and Scores for the inaugural Issues in Contemporary Jazz Conference, being held on April 11, 2020. The proposal deadline is now January 31, 2020. This event seeks to gather performers, composers, scholars, and pedagogues to share, explore, and discuss issues in contemporary jazz through the multifaceted scope of work represented within the field of jazz studies. The conference welcomes the collaboration of the academic sector, performance practitioners, as well as organizations who can provide historical context for ongoing programming. We welcome submissions that deal with contemporary understandings of jazz. Topics for presentations may include, but are not limited to, historiography, compositional and improvisational analysis, aesthetics and style practice commentary, narrativity in performance practice, musical networks, as well as social and/or cultural contextualization of space, place, race and intersectionality within the jazz community. Performers, composers, and pedagogues are encouraged to submit proposals for a variety of presentation formats.

Proposals are invited in the following formats:

• Individual papers (20 mins duration plus 10 mins Q&A, up to 250 word abstract). (Up to 2 pages for figures, tables, diagrams, and bibliographic information are optional as appropriate to clarify and contextualize proposal, which will not be counted against the 250 word limit).
• Joint papers (2 speakers max. Same format as above).
• Themed sessions (3 papers totaling 90 mins, up to 250 word per paper plus 250 words outlining content and rationale for the session).
• Round-table discussions (90 mins, max. 6 speakers. Up to 750 word outlining the format, content and rationale for the session).
• Performances (no longer than 30 mins, max. 7 performers; student performers may be available on request. Please provide a stage plot along with audio/visual requirements for the performance. Sample performance of proposed performance should be no longer than 5 minutes.
• Composers Forum: each composer shall have 20 mins to present a composition. Dependent upon orchestration needs, the University of Utah Jazz Program will provide an ensemble to realize the composition for the composer. Composers should submit a description of the piece of no more than 250 words, as well as the score and parts of their composition within a single PDF. Recordings are preferred but not required.

Proposals should include:

Title for the paper, session, performance, and/or composition.
An abstract with all identifying information about the author removed as a PDF attachment.
Name, contact details, and affiliation of the speaker(s)/performer(s)/composer in the body of the email.
In the case of themed sessions and round-table sessions, the panel convener.

Please send proposals to by Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:59 pacific time. The conference committee will examine all abstracts and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter.

Please feel free to contact the conference organizers with any questions about the conference.

Conference Organizers:
John Petrucelli, University of Utah –
Adam Rosado, Quinnipiac University –