CIM involves all musicological subdisciplines and paradigms:
analytical, applied, comparative, cultural, empirical, ethnological, historical, popular, scientific, systematic, theoretical…
…and all musically relevant disciplines:
acoustics, aesthetics, anthropology, archeology, art history and theory, biology, composition, computing, cultural studies, economics, education, ethnology, gender studies, history, linguistics, literary studies, mathematics, medicine, music theory and analysis, neurosciences, perception, performance, philosophy, physiology, prehistory, psychoacoustics, psychology, religious studies, semiotics, sociology, statistics, therapy.
CIM celebrates diversity:
CIM treats all musically relevant disciplines, all musicological subdisciplines and paradigms, and all music researchers equally. To restore or create equality, CIM promotes minority disciplines and researchers.
CIM promotes epistemologically distant collaborations:
All contributions have at least two authors. The first two authors represent two of the following three groups: humanities, sciences, practically oriented disciplines.
CIM focuses on quality rather than quantity:
CIM fosters intellectually rigorous debate. Academic standards are promoted by anonymous peer review of submitted abstracts by independent international experts in relevant (sub-) disciplines. The review procedure is transparent, and the reviews are impersonal and constructive.
CIM has its own society and international peer-reviewed journal:
CIM is the conference series of the Society for Interdisciplinary Musicology. The best presentations at each CIM are invited for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies. Other presenters are invited to revise and submit their papers to JIMS for publication in a regular issue.
CIM is long overdue:
“Until now, hardly anyone anywhere has attempted to publicly recognize the unification of the various areas of art studies into an independent whole in both scholarship and society. But sooner or later that will have to happen” (Guido Adler, 1885, p. 20).