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Benjamin Piekut Publishes Two-Volume Book on Improvisation

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies has been published by Oxford University Press. Co-edited by Associate Professor Benjamin Piekut and George E. Lewis (Columbia University), the two-volume collection includes 57 chapters and 64 authors; the project has been in preparation for nearly a decade. Featuring distinguished senior and emerging scholars from across the human, social, and natural sciences, the publication illuminates the processes through which the study of improvisation already informs a vast array of fields of inquiry and areas of practice. Contributing authors represent a dizzying range of academic disciplines, including architecture, American studies, anthropology, art history, computer science, cognitive science, comparative literature, cultural studies, dance, economics, education, English, ethnomusicology, film, gender studies, linguistics, literary theory, musicology, neuroscience, new media, organizational science, performance studies, philosophy, popular music studies, psychology, sociology, theatre studies, theology, and urban planning.

Critical Improvisation