Monday, August 20, 2018

Call for Applications: Associate Editors

Dear Colleagues,

SEM Student News is currently seeking one or more associate editors to join its student-led team as regular staff contributors. The start date for associate editor positions begins immediately with our upcoming Fall/Winter 2018 issue (Music and Politics II: Politics in/of Ethnomusicology) and continues for a term of at least four issues (two years). Applicants should be students currently registered in a graduate degree program and conducting music research in ethnomusicology or a related field/discipline. We especially encourage Masters and early PhD students to apply.

Associate Editors are responsible for reviewing and editing materials as they are submitted for each issue, following deadlines set by the Editor and Assistant Editor. Prior publication or editorial experience is recommended but not required; detailed knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style  author-date formatting (see Ethnomusicology and recent issues of SEM Student News for examples) is essential.

Screened applicants will be provided with a short piece to edit, containing stylistic, grammatical, and formatting issues. They will be asked to edit the piece within a two-day period and return it to the editors containing track comments indicating corrections and suggestions.

To apply, please send a CV along with a brief statement of your experience and interest (c. 250 words) and a sample article (c. 750–1000 words) to no later than September 20, 2017. Writing samples should illustrate ability, style, and perspective. We will consider applicants’ sample articles for publication in our Fall/Winter 2018 issue, especially if they pertain to our current theme. Interested applicants can read our recent call for submissions for more information on our forthcoming issue.

Please feel free to request further information by contacting the editors at and to share this posting with anyone who might be interested in the position.

Best regards,

Davin Vidigal Rosenberg, Editor
Eugenia Siegel Conte, Incoming Editor

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Call for Submissions: SEMSN 14.2

Dear Colleagues,

This is the first call for submissions for the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of SEM Student News. Continuing our previous issues’ theme of music and politics, this new issue (vol. 14, no. 2) will focus on internal, academic, and institutional politics in relation to ethnomusicology—in other words, Politics in/of Ethnomusicology. We hope that this focus will encourage submissions concerning politics within our field/discipline, as well as institutions closely affiliated with ethnomusicology, particularly regarding our positionality as students and workers. We are seeking article submissions on any topic but will give preference to those that fit within our theme. Likewise, we will consider submissions from both students and working scholars alike, and encourage authors to submit pieces in a variety of media.

Submissions may be written, photographic, or multimedia (written with visual, audio, and/or video components). We are currently accepting submissions for the following categories:
  • Original photography related to the issue’s theme [accompanied by necessary permissions and appropriately publishable captions]
  • Student submissions (c. 200–250 words) for our “Thoughts from the Field” column [relating students' personal perspectives and experiences to the issue's main theme; please contact the editor at for more specific details]
  • Student articles (c. 500–1500 words) [related or unrelated to the theme of the issue]
  • Student response column (c. 500–1500 words) [responding to a previous issue of SEM Student News or something else in the world of ethnomusicology today]
  • Professional submissions for our
    • “Dear SEM” column (c. 250 words) [related to the issue’s theme and speaking toward student concerns within both ethnomusicology and academia-at-large, especially in regards to navigating the current climate of the tenure system];
    • Or individual articles (c. 500–1000 words) [related or unrelated to the issue’s theme, and speaking toward student interests, concerns, experiences, opportunities, etc.]
If you would like to submit a piece, please contact the editor at We also welcome any other ideas, comments, and questions. Submissions should follow Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition (author-date). Files should be submitted in .docx (text), .jpg (photography and images), .mp3 or .flac (audio), and .mp4 (video) formats no later than October 8, 2018. Be sure to include your contact information and university affiliation in your email. Please feel free to share this call widely.

Best regards,

Davin Vidigal Rosenberg, Editor
Eugenia Siegel Conte, Incoming Editor

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Volume 14, Number 1: Music and Politics

We are pleased to announce the publication of SEM Student News Volume 14, Number 1. This issue focuses on a theme of music and politics and features articles on various topics, including Glocal politics in Bavarian slang rap, political discourse in Janelle MonĂ¡e's "Q.U.E.E.N.," music and conflict resolution in Israeli-Palestinian relations, affirmative consent and the ethics of fieldwork, and more. We hope you will enjoy and find use for the many excellent contributions by student and senior scholars.

You can read the issue here and join the conversation on our Facebook page.

Please feel free to forward this message and share the issue widely.

Best regards,
Davin Vidigal Rosenberg
Editor, SEM Student News