CISM and Interdisciplinary Studies

The Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM) is an association of faculty and students at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) that promotes the study of music across academic disciplines. CISM begins with the position that music is an important and powerful cultural practice in which all people participate on some level. By sponsoring diverse projects that engage multiple disciplines, CISM works to expand the boundaries of traditional music research by creating an environment for high-level study and discussion of music that is not restricted to specialists.

How can you get involved with CISM?

Call for Graduate Students!

CISM would like to announce the 2012-13 Graduate Student Brown Bag Lunch Series devoted to fostering interdisciplinary dialogue about music. At this time, we would like to invite any interested graduate students to our first Brown Bag lunch on Friday, November 30th at Noon (Location TBA). Our aim for the CISM Brown Bag series is to provide a forum for graduate students from all disciplines to meet and discuss different disciplinary and methodological approaches to studying music of all traditions and time periods.

At our first meeting, we will discuss our individual goals and issues in studying music in order to plan future topic-specific brown bags for winter and spring quarters and possibly form individual reading groups. Some interest has already been shown in institutional studies of music and issues in teaching music across disciplines. Our hope is that the trajectory of the CISM Brown Bag discussions will be driven by the scholarly motivations of the participants.

If you're interested in attending this lunch, please R.S.V.P to Mike Joiner or Sasha Metcalf by Monday, November 26. Please also email us if you have any questions or would like to know more.