This conference features invited presentations from renowned scholars and practitioners of improvisation in various disciplines, focused on the theme of time. The conference regards improvisation as an inherent part of our being and behaving in the world and, therefore, as an inherently multidisciplinary field of inquiry, encompassing not only music, dance, literature, and other artistic practices, but also architecture, design, philosophy, critical theory, identity, and organizational theory, among others.
Improvisation’s situated nature also emphasizes process and time: improvisation occurs in time. This temporality relates in various ways to the aforementioned interdisciplinarity—practices such as music appear to embrace process and time, while others suggest more oblique relations. Our event embraces diversity in scholarly approaches and presents variegated points of view that offer unique perspectives on improvisation and its relation to time, and vice versa.
To put it simply, this conference combines the multidisciplinarity of critical improvisation studies with the theme of temporality to provoke new ways of examining our world and our conceptions of it.
Free and open to the public, however registration is required.
- Stephon Alexander, Brown University
- Kate Doyle, Rutgers University
- Randy Fertel|, Writer
- Bob Gluck, Pianist
- Andrew Goldman, Western University
- Garry Hagberg, Bard College
- Briggan Krauss, Saxophonist
- Edgar Landgraf, Bowling Green State University
- Miya Masaoka, Columbia University
- David Mendonça, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Stephen Nachmanovitch, Musician
- Jaanika Peerna, Artist
- Robert Rowe, NYU
- Elliott Sharp, Composer
- Jill Soha, Duke University
- David Sulzer, Columbia University
- Louis Wells, Rutgers University