The Conference:
The “Music and Politics” graduate conference is being sponsored in large measure by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM) at UCSB and is being organized by graduate students from a number of different UCSB departments. The conference will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, 2008, on the UCSB campus and feature student papers and a distinguished keynote speaker (to be announced soon). Conference papers will explore the convergence of music and politics from a variety of interdisciplinary approaches. A selection of papers from the conference will be published in the August 2008 issue of Music & Politics. All events are open to the public.
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.
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UCSB is one of only 62 institutions that has membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus is home to about 20,000 students (including about 2,900 at the graduate level) as well as 1,084 faculty members. UCSB's faculty currently includes five Nobel Prize winners and many elected members or fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (25), the National Academy of Sciences (27), the National Academy of Engineering (27), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (38).

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