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Call for Papers - Sounding the Body: Improvisation, Representation and Subjectivity

Sounding the Body: Improvisation, Representation and Subjectivity is one in a series of books on musical improvisation as a cultural practice to be published by Wesleyan University Press in 2012 as part of the Improvisation, Community and Social Practice research project. The editors invite contributions from scholars working on the relationships between improvisation and the body, and we especially welcome submissions that relate to the following themes:

  • Material conditions of improvising bodies (across gender, sexuality, race, class, and ability/disability)
  • Mediations of improvising bodies through technology
  • Improvising bodies in time, place, and space
  • Narratives of the body: issues of representation in and through improvisation
  • Improvisation and performative bodies
  • Improvising bodies and social/political change

See the full call for papers here.

Listening itself, an improvisative act engaged in by everyone, announces a practice of active engagement with the world, where we sift, interpret, store and forget, in parallel with action and fundamentally articulated with it ("Mobilitas Animi" 113).

– George E. Lewis