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Tracey Nicholls

A good person and a good academic: A conversation with Tracey Nicholls

Dr. Tracey Nicholls is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Lewis University. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship with ICASP in the 2009-2010 year based out of the Centre de Recherche en Éthique de l’Université de Montréal. Dr. Nicholls has recently published a book entitled: An Ethics of Improvisation: Aesthetic Possibilities for a Political Future.

Dr. Elizabeth Jackson has recently taken up a Postdoctoral Fellowship at McMaster University with the Centre for Leadership in Learning . Previously, Dr. Jackson worked with the ICASP project as the Website Content Coordinator.

The video documents a conversational interview conducted by Dr. Jackson over Skype with Dr. Nicholls. Dr. Nicholls discusses her newly published book, identifies some core values of improvised music and art-making in regard to politics conceived at a broader level, improvisation in the classroom, social privilege, Cartesian dualism, notions of justice versus charity, and the positive possibilities of an audience’s role in regards to improvised performance.

A full transcript of the interview is available here.

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.