Tuesday, August 20, 2019

First Call for Submissions - 15.1 "Music & Affect"

Dear Colleagues,

This is the FIRST call for submissions for the Fall/Winter 2019 issue of SEM Student News. This new issue, vol. 15, no.2, will focus on the theme of Music & Affect with attention to intersections between affect, embodiment, political engagement, and/or mindfulness and meditation in musical or sonic practices. We are seeking article submissions on any topic but will give preference to those that fit within our theme’s area of discussion. Likewise, we will consider submissions from both students and working scholars alike.
We 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 particularly solicit audio/visual contributions to correspond with the theme for this issue. We are currently accepting submissions for the following categories:
- Original photography or artwork related to the issue’s theme [with attendant permissions and appropriately publishable captions, which must be submitted with the images]
- Student submissions: 
For our “Thoughts from the Field” column (c. 200–250 words) [relating students' personal perspectives and experiences in the field to the issue's main theme; please contact the editor at semstudentnews@gmail.com 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. 500-750 words) [related to the issue’s theme and responding to the following prompt: “The inclusion of affect theory in ethnomusicological study makes use of a variety of definitions for ‘affect,’ drawn from multiple different authors. How do you define ‘affect,’ why do you use this definition, and in what ways do you apply affect theory in your scholarship, classroom, or fieldwork interactions?];
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 for this issue, please contact the editor at semstudentnews@gmail.com. We also welcome any other ideas, comments, and questions. Submissions must follow Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition (author-date)—attention to style is crucial for acceptance. Files should be submitted in .docx (text), .jpg (photography and images), .mp3 or .flac (audio), and .mp4 (video) formats no later than November 1st, 2019. Be sure to include your contact information and university affiliation in your email. Please feel free to share this call widely.
With best wishes,

Eugenia Siegel Conte
PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology
University of California, Santa Barbara

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Volume 15, Number 1: Music and Movement

We are pleased to announce the publication of SEM Student News Volume 15, Number 1. This issue focuses on a theme of music and movement and features contributions by student and senior scholars on various related topics, including intersections with cognitive science, archival research on movement systems, renegotiations of the terms “music” and “movement,” and dance and embodiment studies as decolonizing practices. Additionally, semsn.com will soon host a supplemental resource list on music and movement, further complemented by an external curated music-dance bibliography in partnership with the SEM Dance, Movement, and Gesture Section.

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,
Eugenia Siegel Conte, Incoming Editor Davin Vidigal Rosenberg, Outgoing Editor

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Politics of Personalism

By Brendan Kibbee (City University of New York)

*This article also appears in SEM Student News 14.2, Fall/Winter 2018.

As we engage with the world as scholars concerned with music and its political effects, it is important that we not only consider what we think and say, but just as importantly, who we engage and express ourselves with, and how we think and express ourselves with others. Doing so might enable us to establish new repertoires of social action in our personal and professional lives and new ways of creating knowledge in the world. As I have been processing my experiences doing fieldwork in a crowded, working-class neighborhood in Dakar, Senegal, over the past few years, and as I have begun to think about what I hope to achieve with my work, I have become increasingly drawn to an idea of “personalism” as it manifests in the postcolonial city.