Continental Drift:
A century of jazz on record

A two-day conference at Edinburgh Napier University, UK, in association with the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

15-16 July 2017

Reflecting the theme of the 2017 Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (a century of jazz on record) this unique conference will present a range of panellists with academic expertise and practical experience in key areas of activity that relate to history, practice, and innovation in recorded jazz, and its place within culture and commerce. The conference is aimed at a broad audience including academics, educators, musicians, music students and jazz-fans, and will provide an opportunity for insights into, (and the critique of) the communities, networks, institutions and industries that support and sustain the production and dissemination of jazz on record.

The conference – through a programme of panel discussions, presentations, and performances – will present informed and lively debate around the history of jazz on record, and will cast an eye to the future of its production and dissemination.

The organisers seek proposals for papers (to be delivered as a 20×20 Pecha Kucha-style presentation) based on two central themes that will function as a stimulus for panel discussions.

  1. Key actors and landmark events in the history of jazz on record
  2. Current and future practices in the production and dissemination of jazz

We intend to include a broad range of interdisciplinary perspectives around these topics, including but not limited to, historical, analytical, philosophical, economical, cultural, political, and pedagogical viewpoints. We welcome proposals from any disciplinary background.

Conference outputs will take two main forms:

  1. Each presenter will be invited to submit an article based on their presentation which will be published as part of an open-access edited collection published by Continental Drift
  2. Video and podcast documentary materials will be released as open-access online resources.

Proposals should include the following details:

Presenter Name

Institutional affiliation (if appropriate)

Email address

Title of paper

300-word abstract

Please send your abstract to info@continentaldriftconference.co.uk by Wednesday the 1st of March 2017. You will be notified of the outcome by Friday the 17th of March.


Continental Drift: 50 years of jazz from Europe (2016 Conference) Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery 2016

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