The Centre for the Study of the Sociology and Aesthetics of Music, designated by the acronym CESEM, is an autonomous research unit of interdisciplinary nature located in the field of intersection of multiple scientific areas: social sciences; the sciences of communication and language; the historical sciences; the humanities; and artistic studies.
CESEM has its headquarter in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the New University of Lisbon. It also includes teams composed of members associated with other institutions, which are autonomous clusters, when there is an institutional formalization.
The objectives of CESEM are:
a) To broaden and deepen research in the field of sociology, aesthetics, philosophy, psychology, history, composition, analysis and iconography of music, education and human development, gender studies, music and technologies and music interpretation, articulated with the ongoing developments in the fields referred to in Article 1;
b) To value interdisciplinary cooperation in this context;
c) To promote and support research projects;
d) To promote the preparation and publication of monographs, collective works and other critical studies in the scientific fields mentioned in a);
e) To promote the critical edition of musical works, epistolography, drafts and other documentation, studied in the scope of the projects mentioned in c);
f) To promote the formation of teams of specialized researchers;
g) To develop relations of cooperation and exchange with other national and foreign research institutes and to support programs of internationalization of research and higher education, namely in the field of arts sciences;
h) To promote the execution of artistic works created, edited or investigated in the scope of CESEM activities.
The members of the CESEM are compiled by researchers, Portuguese and foreign doctorates, who fulfill the minimum criteria defined by the Scientific Board. Its continuation in this category will depend on an internal evaluation that will be carried out every 3 years.
CESEM’s collaborators are:
1) Researchers in training, namely doctoral students, masters and fellows oriented by integrated members of CESEM. Researchers in training may participate in CESEM General Meetings, without the right to vote.
2) Other researchers who do not meet the minimum criteria for full integration or who wish to collaborate regularly or on an ad hoc basis, provided that the proposal for membership is accepted by the Research Group Coordinator where the collaboration is planned. Not being integrated members, they are entitled to attend only meetings of the respective research group. Continuation of collaboration should be reviewed when appropriate or at least every 3 years.
Visiting members of the CESEM are foreign researchers formally oriented by integrated members, but whose residence in Portugal is temporary, being able to participate in the Scientific Board, if doctorate, or in the General Assembly, as a listener, without voting rights, as well as in the research group of their advisor.
The admission of new integrated members is proposed by a minimum of two integrated members of CESEM and should be approved by the Scientific Board. New postdoctoral fellows will be admitted as integrated members on the proposal of an integrated member (usually their advisor) and the Executive Director, subject to ratification by the Scientific Board.
The organs of CESEM are:
a) The Board, consisting of an Executive Committee, the Coordinators of the research groups and the previous CESEM President(s). The Executive Committee shall consist of a President, an Executive Director (where their respective functions do not fall on the President), a representative of each autonomous center comprising a minimum of five integrated members and three other members, of which two with the functions of Secretary and Treasurer, elected by the Scientific Board for a period of two years; the first and second alternates shall be designated at the same time. The representatives of each cluster shall be elected independently for a period of two years by the integrated members associated with that cluster. In the presence of the Director, one of the members of the Executive Committee shall assume the executive direction as Vice-Director. If the impediment of any member of the Executive Committee is prolonged in time, one of the alternates should take the place just vacated.
b) the Scientific Board, composed of all the integrated members; shall ordinarily meet three times a year and extraordinarily whenever it is convened for that purpose.
c) the General Assembly, consisting of all the integrated members and researchers in training, which meets ordinarily once a year and extraordinarily when convoked by the Executive Director or at the request of at least a quarter of its members.
d) The Research Groups, consisting of the integrated members and collaborators whose investigations are based on an area previously defined and approved by the Scientific Council. The groups are guided by a Coordinator, elected for a period of two years by the integrated members of the corresponding group. The coordinator shall, after preparing the activity report, annually promote the self-assessment of each group, and propose objectives to be achieved; once approved by the group, the coordinator should support and monitor their implementation. The members and collaborators are only one group.
e) Thematic Transversal Lines, consisting of integrated members and collaborators whose investigations are based on an area previously defined and approved by the Scientific Board. Members and collaborators can integrate multiple rows.
f) The External Advisory Board.
The functions and powers of the CESEM bodies are as follows:
a) The President is responsible for the external representation of CESEM, and also has the power to convene ordinary or extraordinary meetings of the Scientific Board and the General Assembly and propose the establishment of agreements with other institutions. The President of the Board shall assume the executive co-ordination of the Center, unless another member of the Board is appointed as Executive Director.
b) The Executive Director shall assume the administrative coordination of the Center, propose to the Scientific Council the different activity programs, formally represent the Center, convene the ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the Scientific Board, propose the establishment of agreements with other institutions and prepare the reports required. The Executive Director shall also propose the Secretary and the Treasurer for the approval of the Scientific Board.
c) another member of the Board appointed for this purpose shall be responsible for replacing the Director in all the functions mentioned in the preceding paragraph, either because he is absent or by his delegation.
d) The Treasurer is in charge of the financial planning and day-to-day management of the Center’s accounts, guiding the permanent secretariat of CESEM in these functions, as well as the preparation of the annual report.
e) the Secretary shall prepare the convening of meetings and draw up minutes in a timely manner, support the ongoing administrative functions of the CESEM permanent secretariat, including the management of competitions for research, doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships, and supervise the respective online site.
f) The Board – which should necessarily consist of integrated doctors – is responsible for implementing the guidelines of the Scientific Board, assigning responsibility for specific tasks, taking the interim decisions imposed by the timetable, periodically evaluating the performance of activities and monitoring financial execution
g) The Scientific Council shall coordinate the scientific activity of CESEM, deliberate on the promotion and approval of research projects and on changes in research groups and thematic lines, approve the entry of new members, elect the Board, approve the business plan and convene regular and special meetings of the General Assembly.
h) The General Assembly is responsible for evaluating the business plan, suggesting changes to the Center’s operations and proposing new members and collaborations. The General Assembly meets in regular annual sessions and in extraordinary sessions, according to the business program. At the beginning of each session, a Bureau will be set up to direct the work, chaired by a member of the Board.
i) The Advisory Board is responsible for evaluating the annual report, keeping informed on the activities of CESEM, advising its Management and proposing measures or initiatives that favor or reinforce the implementation or impact of the strategy defined by the Scientific Board. The members of the Advisory Board shall visit CESEM at least once a year.
CESEM will work with appropriations from the Faculty and other institutions that intend to support it, with funds from university extension activities, as well as funds from the research of its members, provided that it is carried out in the framework of the activities of the Center.
Any amendment to these statutory provisions shall be approved by a minimum of two thirds of all the integrated members of CESEM, meeting in an extraordinary session convened for this purpose.