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Artistic Research in Jazz: Positions, Theories, Methods

This research project explores the positions, theories, and methods of artistic research in jazz by establishing an in-depth discourse aiming at an understanding of the specificity of current approaches in the field.

The topics addressed throughout consider the cultural, institutional, epistemological, philosophical, ethical, and practical aspects of the discipline, as well as the influence of race, gender, and politics. Michael Kahr initiated the project at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and has developed it since 2018 in collaboration with ten experienced artistic researchers, who serve in leading positions at established universities world-wide. Since 2019 the project has expanded further by connecting to the International Network of Artistic Research in Jazz (

A major contribution of the project is the first multi-authored volume on artistic research in jazz, scheduled to be published by Routledge in July 2021 (see

Throughout 2021, the project is discursively developed by organizing various panel discussions with selected authors and external artist scholars at the major jazz research conferences around the globe:

Australian Jazz and Improvisation Network Conference, Sydney (5.-6. Juni 2021, Online)

Panel Discussion with Prof. Robert Burke, Prof. Roger Dean, Prof. Marc Duby, Dr. Michael Kahr (convenor), Dr. Chris Stover


Registration (free):

Documenting Jazz, Edinburgh (23.-26. Juni 2021, Online)

Round Table Discussion with Dr. Andrew Bain, Dr. Mike Fletcher, Prof. Petter Frost-Fadnes, Dr. Monika Herzig, Dr. Michael Kahr (convenor)


Registration (free):

Jazz Re:Search in 21st-Century Academia and Beyond - 13th International Jazz Research Conference, Graz (18.-21. November 2021)

Panel Discussion with Prof. Marcel Cobussen, Dr. Michael Kahr (convenor), Dr. Tracy McMullen, Dr. Vincent Meelberg, Dr. Chris Stover, Dr. Wolf-Georg Zaddach (respondent)


Presentations at past conferences:

Jazz Education Network Conference (January 2021, Online)

Panel Discussion on Artistic Research in Jazz with Dr. William Banfield, Dr. John E. Hasse, Dr. Monika Herzig, Dr. Michael Kahr (convenor), Mag. Marcus Ratka, Jasna Joviċeviċ

AEC Jazz and Pop Platform (11.-13. February 2021, Online)

Paper on Artistic Research in Jazz by Dr. Michael Kahr

Authored on May 26th, 2021