The 8th Nordic Jazz Conference 25-27th of August 2009 at Aalborg University

Centre for Danish Jazz History at Aalborg University welcomes researchers, music journalists and other interested to participate in The 8th Nordic Jazz Conference which will take place the 25-27th of August 2009.

Writing jazz history in a Nordic perspective

One main theme of the conference will be national and local jazz history writing in the Nordic countries. A secondary theme subject to discussion is how to strengthen the collaboration between the Nordic jazz archives. Finally there will be a section for free papers regardless subject. The conference will feature presentations and panel discussions as well as performances from danish jazz musicians.

Dr. Wolfram Knauer keynote speaker on History or Histories?

Why it is so difficult to draft a European jazz history. If European jazz has developed an own identity in recent years and decades, it is an identity of diversity. Yet, diversity in European jazz is quite different from diversity as present in American culture. It is a diversity based on century-old cultural traditions, differences and cross dissemination. The word "glocalization" has been used to describe this specific idea of a regional dialect within a seemingly globalized musical idiom. I will ask about the implications of glocalization for the drafting of a European jazz history. The paper will also discuss how a European archival network could help with the drafting of such a European jazz history.

Call for Papers

Centre for Danish Jazz History invites proposals for papers related to the conference themes for which the deadline is Friday 1 May 2009. Queries and proposals should be directed to Thomas A. Jakobsen or tel. +45 9940 9115