CIM12: History

                        Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology



Online Registration is now available. There is a joint registration both for CIM12 and the GfM 2012 conferences. To go to the registration page please click here.

About CIM

The Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology series exists to promote and facilitate innovative collaborations between different areas of music research, musical practice, and other academic disciplines. By insisting on a minimum two authors/disciplines per paper, and through a peer-review system for abstracts, CIM both actively promotes exchange between different methods and research epistemologies and encourages excellence in these interdisciplinary endeavours. The CIM series involves all musicological approaches and paradigms and all musically relevant disciplines. Previous CIM conferences have treated subjects as diverse as Singing, Structure, Nature vs. Culture and Performance. The impact and success of the CIM series can be measured not only by a steady increase in the number of participants, but also by various off-shoot projects inspired by the idea, including new journals dedicated to interdisciplinary music research. For further information on CIM, see

About CIM12

In 2012, CIM will tackle the subject of History. Hosted by the University of Göttingen, whose one time music director Johann Nikolaus Forkel is widely regarded as one of the founders of modern music historiography, CIM12 aims to promote collaborations that provoke and explore new methods and methodologies for establishing, evaluating, preserving and communicating knowledge of music and musical practices of past societies and the factors implicated in both the preservation and transformation of such practices over time. The focus will be the particular potential offered by interdisciplinary contributions to extending our understanding of music of the past, of its role in other social, cultural and political processes, and of processes of transformation of musical cultures and practices. Issues to be raised at the conference may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Possibilities and challenges for researching past musical practices, cultures and repertoires outside the traditional remit of music histories, including such practices, cultures and repertoires where knowledge transfer and knowledge preservation takes other forms than "standard" media such as writing/print

  2. Uses and possibilities of newer technologies for uncovering, evaluating and preserving documents on music and musical practice from past societies

  3. Perspectives offered by the empirical sciences and the natural sciences for understanding the music of past societies and the establishment, transformation and decline of musical practices

  4. Perspectives offered by research into music history for general and political history, for the history of ideas, of the sciences, and for all other scientific disciplines concerned with past societies and cultures.

Please note the detailed guidelines for submitting abstracts included in the Call for Papers. We regret we cannot consider abstracts that do not conform to the format stipulated there. The deadline for abstracts is 30 September 2011.

CIM12 is a satellite conference to the International Congress of the German Musicological Society, which will take place from 4-8 September under the general heading Music | Musics: Structures, Processes.

CIM12: History