11th Nordic Jazz Conference

Documentation, research and mediation of jazz in the Nordic countries

National Library of Norway, Henrik Ibsens gate 110, Oslo. 22 and 23 October 2015

Conference venue, registration and accomodation

Conference venue
National Library of Norway, Henrik Ibsens gate 110, Oslo.

Conference programme

Registration deadline is September 30.

Please sign up at this page.

There is no conference fee.

Accommodation and meals at the venue
Coffee and snacks are free at the conference.
Speakers are treated to lunch and dinner.
Other participants pay for their own meals.
Participants make their own hotel reservations.
We have an agreement (until September 30) with Hotel Scandic, Solli, Parkveien 68, in close proximity to the National Library. Prices per night are NOK 1190,- (single room) or NOK 1390,- (double room).
Make reservations here: www.scandichotels.no/solli, or phone + 47 23 15 57 00.
Make sure to use the following booking code: BNOR211015

Dinner, etc.
More information follows.

11th Nordic Jazz Conference

Documentation, research and mediation of jazz in the Nordic countries

The 11th Nordic Jazz Conference will be held in Oslo on 22 and 23 October 2015. It is an opportunity to exchange knowledge about the research and documentation of jazz in the Nordic countries. The privilege of hosting the conference rotates among the national archives of the Nordic countries. The first conference was held in Stockholm in 1980, and this year the National Library of Norway plays host.

The 2015 conference will focus on the documentation, research and mediation of jazz within the Nordic countries. We are especially looking for contributions on Jazz, archives and cultural heritage, Jazz history works and Jazz in the media.

We are also looking for project presentations on other themes related to jazz in the Nordic countries. We are keen to include a wide range of topics and participants, and we invite students, researchers, writers, journalists, collectors and others to submit proposals for presentations.

We request a short description of what you plan to present in your talk.
Please submit the description to by 1 June 2015.

The conference languages will be Scandinavian and English. We plan to publish the conference presentations.

The National Library of Norway, Oslo.


Keynote speakers

We are proud to present these three keynote speakers:

Topic: Jazz, archives and cultural heritage
Dan Lundberg
Dan Lundberg is Chief Librarian/Head Archivist at Musikverket (Swedish Performing Arts Agency) in Stockholm. He is also Associate Professor in musicology at the Stockholm University and Åbo Akademi University.
Lundberg’s main areas of research involve questions about music and identity, as well as Swedish and European folk music from an ethnomusicological perspective. In his latest project, Polarize or Pluralize, he has been studying music archives and ideology.
Publications and more information: musikverket.se

Topic: Jazz history and historiography
John Gennari
John Gennari is Professor of English at the University of Vermont, where he also directs the ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies Program.
His primary fields of research include: Jazz Cultural Studies, Italian American Studies, and Race and Ethnic Studies.
In Blowin’ Hot And Cool: Jazz And Its Critics (University of Chicago Press, 2006), Gennari provides a comprehensive history of jazz criticism from the 1920s to the present. The work was awarded the John G. Cawelti Award for the Best Book in American Culture Studies and the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Prize for Excellence in Music Criticism, 2007.
Excerpt from the book
Publications and more information: University of Vermont

Topic: Jazz in the media
K. Heather Pinson
K. Heather Pinson is Associate Professor of Communication and Media Arts at Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh. She holds degrees in Music, Musicology and Interdisciplinary Arts and teaches courses on art, music history and the history of photography at the university.
She is the author of The Jazz Image: Seeing Music Through Herman Leonard’s Photography, (Jackson, MS, University Press of Mississippi, 2010). The book examines the photographs of African American jazz musicians during the 1950s and 1960s and is part of the American Music series established by the University Press of Mississippi.
Publications and more information: Robert Morris University
From the website Media Arts, Robert Morris University.