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ICASP Reading Groups

Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice organizes three reading and discussion groups which run throughout the academic year. Located at McGill University, the University of Guelph and the University of British Columbia, these reading groups meet regularly to discuss academic and creative texts about improvisation and its social impact. Texts may include written texts, video of performances, film or other types of commentary and critique. All three reading groups also coordinate linked public talks and other events. The reading groups are an excellent way to stay in touch with project news and to find out about ICASP researchers current work in progress, as well as providing an opportunity to critically contextualize research in the field of critical studies in improvisation with small groups of like-minded individuals. See the pages for each group for more information.

University of Guelph Reading Group: Thinking Spaces

IICSI Independent Reading Group (Montreal)

McGill University Reading Group: More details to come soon!

Memorial University of Newfoundland Reading Group: Improvising Spaces Workshop and Speaker Series

University of British Columbia Reading Group: More details to come soon!

Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.