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The Music and Crisis Conference will be principally sponsored by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM) and is in the process of being organized by a group of UCSB graduate students from a variety of disciplines. The conference will take place over two days—April 14-15, 2012—at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Run by and intended for graduate students, this conference encourages submissions covering the full spectrum of methodologies, disciplinary approaches and genres of music. The conference will feature the following panel formats:

The conference will also feature a keynote address from Elizabeth McAlister, Associate Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University.

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Music and Crisis Organizing Committee
Jacob Adams, Music Performance Emma McCullough, Musicology
Can Aksoy, English Sasha Metcalf, Musicology
George Blake, Ethnomusicology Erin Putnam, Ethnomusicology
Scott Dirkse, Musicology Vincent Rone, Musicology
Brett Esaki, Religious Studies Shari Sanders, Comparative Literature
Jonathan Gomez, Sociology Linda Shaver-Gleason, Musicology
Michael Joiner, Musicology Rachel Short, Music Theory
Meghan Joyce, Musicology Azure Stewart, Education

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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.

Previous conferences hosted by CISM include Music and the Written Word in 2010, Music and Politics in 2008, and Music and the Moving Image in 2006.

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