Augmentation: past, futures, possibilities and pathways 



Key Note Speaker: (TBC)


Call for papers and performances:


The 2019 Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network will this year be convened by the University of Tasmania (UTAS)




Conference Date: 8th - 10th June 2020 



We are inviting proposals for academic papers, research performances and panel discussions. The state-of-the-art venue has the technological capacity and purpose-designed performance/presentation spaces for enabling a wide range of presentations.


The 2020 theme of Augmentation: past, futures, possibilities and pathways can mean many things, including but not limited to:



Augmentation through technology

  • New and repurposed technology as resources for improvisation 

  • How can new technologies coexist with the ‘jazz tradition’

  • How can augmentation develop jazz/improvisation

  • Apps, platforms and websites, developing as a musician in a global online context


Augmentation through space and place

  • The influence of performance spaces on improvisation, interpretation and composition

  • Engaging with the natural environment as a performer and composer

  • Online environments as performance spaces

  • The future of augmentation and places, scenes and spaces


Augmentation through Language, Identity & Place

  • The influence of community on composition and improvisation language

  • How arts infrastructure and large-scale events shape the artistic output

  • Identity in improvisation

  • Indigenous Australia and improvisation


Augmentation of the past to create the new

  • New approaches to performance as research

  • Multidisciplinary arts practice and its institutional prominence

  • Postgraduate study – the new record deal?

  • How has augmentation influenced the past historically

What is Augmentation?

  • What is augmentation?


There will be two formats offered:

  • ​Presentations/papers of 20 minutes followed by 10mins discussion.

  • ​Performances can be either 30 or 60 minutes

  • A proposal description (350 words max) that outlines your paper/performance 

  • A link to work on a webpage or MP3 file (if proposing a performance)

  • Technical support needs

  • 300-word abstracts/proposals and 150-word bios

  • Note: Abstracts and bios should be submitted as Word .doc or .docx files.


Current enrolled Post Graduate students are asked to note their degree type and the stage of their research at the time of their submission.


PROPOSALS ARE DUE: February 9th 11:59pm 2020

Applicants will be informed of their acceptance by 22nd February 2019.

​Send proposals to: nick.haywood@utas.edu.au

More details on Conference Website: www.ajirn.com


Keynote Speaker:  TBA

Special Guests TBA


Monday 8th - Wednesday 10th June  2020 


Tues to & Wed and 09:30am – 05:00pm




Costs: Full $250 + GST Student: $150 + GST (AUD)

Conference fee includes some catering.