Welcome to CIM, the Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology / Colloque Interdisciplinaire de Musicologie / Conferenz für Interdisziplinäre Musikforschung / Convengo Interdisciplinare di Musicologia. CIM brings together scholars with contrasting backgrounds to solve common problems emerging from the study of musical repertoire, manifestations, phenomena, and contexts.

CIM is a forum for constructive interaction among musically relevant disciplines such as acoustics, analysis, art, composition, computing, cultural studies, education, ethnomusicology, gender, history, linguistics, literature, media, medicine, performance, philosophy, physiology, prehistory, psychology, sociology, theory, and therapy. CIM especially promotes

CIM focuses on quality rather than quantity. Scholarly standards are promoted by careful peer review of submitted abstracts. The procedure is

CIMs are held every one to two years. Each conference is held in a different country, has a different theme, and is organised by a member of a different musicological subdiscipline. Musicologists considering the possibility of hosting a CIM are asked to contact the CIM council via Richard Parncutt.


This is the website of CIM04, the first CIM. CIM04 was held in Graz, Austria from 15 to 18 April 2004. It had no specific theme beyond that of music and musicology. 122 abstract submissions were anonymously peer-reviewed by 26 international experts. On the basis of their reviews, Anna Rita ADDESSI (Bologna), Christian G. ALLESCH (Salzburg), Ali ERGUR (Istanbul), Frauke JURGENSEN (Montreal) and Marc LEMAN (Ghent) were invited to give keynote lectures (see program). 49 further submissions were accepted as talks, 54 accepted as posters, and 14 rejected.

Most papers at CIM04 had two authors with contrasting backgrounds. Authors of accepted contributions were citizens of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Philippines, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the USA.

CIM04 was hosted by the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM) and the Department of Musicology, University of Graz and endorsed by 24 participating societies. Graz is an ideal location for a conference on interdisciplinary musicology; its universities include departments of (historical and systematic) musicology; composition, music theory, music history and conducting; music education; ethnomusicology; aesthetics; early music and performance practice; jazz research; electronic music and acoustics; signal processing and speech communication; and broad-band communications.

All CIM04 participants received an abstract booklet containing the (revised) abstracts of all talks and posters in the conference programme and information on the conference's hosts, sponsors, committees, aims, and review procedures. Inside the back cover was a pouch containing the proceedings CD. The CIM04 abstract booklet is now out of print, but its contents are available in the internet. Click here to download the entire booklet as a pdf file (1,7 MB). Click here to download individual contributions to the proceedings.

CIM05 on timbre

The second Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology was held in Montréal, Québec, Canada from 10 to 12 March 2005. The theme of the conference was timbre. It was co-directed by Caroline Traube (Université de Montréal) and Serge Lacasse (Université Laval). For further details see the CIM05 website.

CIM07 on singing

The Third Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology will take place in Tallinn, Estonia from 15 to 19 August 2007. It will be hosted by the Estonian Academy of Music and presented in collaboration with the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), the International Musicological Society (IMS), and the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (ESEM). Like previous CIMs, CIM07 will be a forum for constructive interaction among any academic disciplines that are relevant to interesting musical questions, and CIM07 will especially promote collaborations between sciences and humanities, between theory and practice, and interdisciplinary combinations that are new, unusual, creative, or otherwise especially promising. All contributions will be authored by at least two scholars representing different disciplines. The theme of CIM07 is singing, and all contributions (papers and posters) will address the conference theme. The abstract submission and evaluation procedure will be similar to that of CIM04 and CIM05; until the CIM07 website is ready, please consult the CIM04 and CIM05 websites for further information. CIM07 will be co-directed by Jaan Ross and Richard Parncutt.

CIM is about the collaborative collection of convergent evidence. It is about climbing walls and crossing bridges. It is about the diversity and the unity of musicology. Welcome to CIM!

Conference on
Interdisciplinary Musicology

, Austria
15-18 April 2004

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