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Journal: Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critique en improvisation

The ICASP project publishes one of the world's most exciting academic platforms for new research in the field of critical improvisation studies. The journal is called Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critique en improvisation and is available to scholars and the general public through Open Journal Systems. The journal is exclusively published online, with articles available in html and pdf and featuring multimedia sound and images, at The extensive archive of articles, opinion pieces, editorials, and reviews is one of the richest online resources for scholarship in critical improvisation research. New issues are published twice yearly.

The current issue can be found here. Please check back often for the latest call for papers for submissions to upcoming general topics and special issues. Calls will also be featured on the news section of this website.

Focus and Scope

Critical Studies in Improvisation/ Études critiques en improvisation is an open-access, peer-reviewed, electronic, academic journal on improvisation, community, and social practice housed at the University of Guelph. The editorial and advisory boards are made up of leading international scholars spanning diverse disciplines.

While improvisational music has historically been analyzed within specific musical disciplines, what distinguishes the research profiled in CSI/ECI is its emphasis on improvisation as a site for the analysis of social practice. We contend that improvisation demands shared responsibility for participation in community, an ability to negotiate differences, and a willingness to accept the challenges of risk and contingency. Yet improvisation is a contested term. Its cultural significance is in dispute both in the academy and in the broader public understanding. CSI/ECI seeks to reveal the complex structures of improvisational practices and to develop an enriched understanding of the social, political, and cultural functions those practices play.

We are particularly interested in historically and contextually specific articles that interrogate improvisation as a social and musical practice, and that assess how innovative performance practices play a role in developing new, socially responsive forms of community building across national, cultural, and artistic boundaries.

Current Issue

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Musical improvisation is a crucial model for political, cultural, and ethical dialogue and action.

– Ajay Heble