Issues in Jazz Studies March 1, 2012Posted by wallofsound in Academic reflection, Jazz.
I’m developing a new module in Issues in Jazz Studies for an MA in Jazz Studies. Students will also do modules: in Music as Culture; Music as Commerce, or Creative Industries and Cultural Policy, or Music Heritage; Research Methods or Production Lab; MA by Dissertation or MA by Project
It is aimed at individuals who want to develop an academic or professional career in jazz as an industry and culture. There isn’t a performance element as we already have a fine MMus Jazz (Performance or Composition) at the university. The new MA Jazz Studies programme will be based in the Birmingham School of Media, and will have a strong media and cultural studies emphasis. It will share modules with our current MA Music Industries.
I emailed a group of jazz and popular music academics and then collated their suggestions about what they would include in such a module. Your productive comments are very welcome.
Distilling the contributions into ten topics
Jazz as a music and as a cultural concept [contesting the boundaries of jazz as musical form, terminology, concept, ideology]
Jazz as a world music [The diasporic process, globalisation, european vs american developments]
Hybridity and fusion
Jazz as organised work [professional; collectives]
Jazz as an industry
Cultural position of jazz
Jazz and and identity [including constructs of race, gender and sexuality (especially picking up on David Ake’s and Julie Dawn Smith’s work)]
Recorded performance and record production
Mediation of jazz [jazz and radio/journalism/photography/TV&Film/t’internet]