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The University of Georgia, Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Call for Papers & Posters
Meeting Title: 
The Improvising Brain III: Cultural Variation and Analytical Approaches
Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
Date(s) of Meeting:
February 26-28, 2017
Events open to the GSU community will include keynote lectures by Robert Gjerdingen (Northwestern University), Panayotis Mavromatis (NYU), and Martin Norgaard (GSU), as well as a concert juxtaposing Carnatic music and improvisation in the European tradition, featuring Salem Shriram (voice) and Johnandrew Slominski (piano).

Program Committee: Francisco Gómez (Technical University of Madrid), Mariana Montiel (Georgia State University), Jay Rahn (York University), Chris Stover (The New School), Brian Wesolowski (University of Georgia)

Following the success of the Improvising Brain Symposia in 2013 and 2015, this conference will once again address improvisation from a variety of disciplinary perspectives: music cognition, neuroscience, education, ethnomusicology, and music theory. This year’s theme, “Cultural Variation and Analytical Approaches”, stems from the growing scholarly interest in the empirical and music-theoretical study of world music traditions, the cognitive underpinnings of musical improvisation, as well as the study of historical documents related to improvisation in the European tradition.

The events are presented by Georgia State University’s CENCIA (Center for Collaborative and International Arts), Center for Educational Partnerships in Music, College of the Arts, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Neuroscience Institute, and School of Music.
Types of Submissions Sought:
Paper presentations and posters (please see below).
Topics Sought:
We encourage submissions related to topics including:
  • The empirical study of musical improvisation
  • The role of improvisation in oral traditions
  • Improvisation as reflected in historical pedagogical documents
  • The use of improvisation in training present-day musicians
Submission Information:
Paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length. Please submit a 300-word abstract for both paper presentations and posters, with no more than 3 pages of supplemental materials (e.g., graphs, musical examples). We reserve the right to accept a paper-proposal as a poster. Proposals will be reviewed blindly by the program committee. Do not include the author’s name or other identifying details in the proposal itself.

Abstracts and supplemental material may be submitted here:
Deadline for Submissions:
Submissions must be received by Oct. 1st, 2016. Notifications will be made in November 2016. 
Meeting URL:
Contact Information:
A Note from Brian Wesolowski:

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