CFS Special 2016 Journal Issue on Improvisation

Call for submissions: Special issue of Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisation

Guest edited by Jason Robinson, Mark Lomanno, and Sandra Mathern

Deadline of abstracts: 1 November 2015 (see the bottom for details)

(This is excerpted from Improvisation and the Liberal Arts, call for proposals)

Like improvisation, the liberal arts advance our understanding of how individuals and communities interact with and relate to one another and derive meaning from human experience. In this special issue of Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisation, we aim to present scholarship, creative work, and pedagogies that positions improvisation (in any expressive modality) within or in relation to the liberal arts, broadly defined.

We anticipate that contributions to this special issue may address, but are not limited to, the following questions:

•How does improvisation engage and activate modes of critical thinking, creativity, and knowledge production in ways that draw from, intersect with, or forward the liberal arts?
•How does improvisation serve as a model or suggest new kinds of interdisciplinary studies within liberal arts?
•What new pedagogical models emerge from the practice of improvisation within the liberal arts?

•In the context of the liberal arts, how is improvisation practiced and theorized in fields traditionally associated with improvisation (music, dance), as well as within fields in which improvisation is a more novel concept?

We invite proposals from scholars and artists whose research, creative work, or teaching engages or resides within the liberal arts, defined as broadly as possible. Proposals may include:

•Scholarly essays, position statements, documentation and analysis of one’s creative work, interviews, media-rich presentations.

Abstract and Accepted Proposal Deadlines

Abstract proposals should be no more than 500 words and must be sent via email to Jason Robinson ( no later than 1 November 2015.

(Accepted proposals will be notified by 1 January 2016.)

Full submissions of accepted proposals are due no later than 1 June 2016.

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