Upcoming Events

  • Image of poster for Symposium on Music, Sound, and Idigeneity
Thursday, Feburary 20th 
Multicultural Center Theater 
Join us for a panel of visiting grad students and early career scholars talking about:
We will discuss the politics of archives for indigenous people, and ongoing issues of repatriation, ownership, accessibility, and indigenous notions of preservation.
Popular Music
We will also discuss the continued importance of indigenous popular musics, which have affected more mainstream genres and are also often important to indigenous political movements.
Indigenous methodologies and perspectives will be central to our conversations.
List of speakers: Susan Jacob, Sunaina Keonaona Kale, Alexander Karvelas, Jessica Margarita Gutierrez Masini, Heidi Senungetuk, and Renata Yazzie.
Keynote speaker Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman, Professor of American Culture at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, will present on Friday, February 21, 2:45-4 pm in the SRB Multipurpose Room. The talk is entitled "Notes Toward Indigenizing Sound Studies: Thinking, for example, about Soundscapes and Sonic Intimacies Archived in Indigenous Bodies."
Organized by UCSB ethnomusicology grad students Sunaina Keonaona Kale and Alexander Karvelas
Generously co-sponsored by CISM, the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Graduate Division, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, the Multicultural Center, and the Department of Music.


  1. February 20, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
  2. February 21, 2020 - 2:45pm to 4:00pm

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, which becomes fundamental in shaping the materialities and methods of social life. By sponsoring diverse projects that engage multiple fields of knowledge, 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.