Exploring relations between music and cultural analysis, this course borrows from and builds on interdisciplinary approaches. We examine questions that have been pivotal for cultural musicology, cultural analysis, new musicology, and post-colonial theory, always in close relation to the musics of the world. Every participant chooses and works on one specific musical case study throughout the semester. We examine our case studies in direct interaction with (questions arising from) the theoretical texts and academic debates we explore. Central in our endeavor are a search for intellectual restlessness, for critical, reflexive, and open modes of listening, and a questioning of taken for granted analytical, epistemological and musical categorizations. We explore what "thinking" or "writing through music" could mean, and what such modes of engaging with music might have to offer cultural theory.