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Guelph Reading Group: 2007 Readings

Selections from Derek Bailey, Improvisation: Its Nature and Practice in Music, New York: Da Capo Press, 1992.

Barrett, Frank. “Creativity and Improvisation in Jazz and Organizations: Implications for Organizational Learning.”

Borgo, David. “Negotiating Freedom: Values and Practices in Contemporary Improvised Music.”

Crease, Robert. “The Improvisational Problem.”
Selections from Mihály Csíkszentmihályi's work on "flow" (he has several books on this topic)

Durant, Alan. “Improvisation in the Political Economy of Music.” Music and the Politics of Culture. Ed. Christopher Norris. London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1989. 252-82

Fauchart, Emmanuelle and Eric von Hippel. “Norms-based Intellectual Property Systems: The Case of French Chefs.”

Hamilton, Andy. “The Art of Improvisation and the Aesthetics of Imperfection.”

Lewis, George. “Improvised Music after 1950: Afrological and Eurological Perspectives.”

Lipsitz, George. “‘It’s All Wrong, but It’s All Right’: Creative Misunderstanding in Intercultural Communication” (a chapter from his book Dangerous Crossroads:
Popular Music, Postmodernism and the Poetics of Place).

Lugones, Maria. “On Complex Communication.”

Montuori, Alfonson. “The Complexity of Improvisation and Improvisation of Complexity: Social Science, Art and Creativity.”

Nettl, Bruno. “Thoughts of Improvisation: A Comparative Approach.”

Joan Scott, "The Evidence of Experience," Critical Inquiry (Summer 1991); reprinted in various collections of essays, and in Questions of Evidence: Proof, Practice, and Persuasion across the Disciplines, edited by James Chandler,

Arnold I. Davidson, and Harry Harootunian (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994)

Selections from The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience, Francisco J. Varela, Evan T. Thompson, Eleanor Rosch

There is a curious yet enormously fruitful duality in the way that improvisation plays on our expectations and perspectives.

– Tracey Nicholls