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Volume 14, Number 2: Politics in & of Ethnomusicology

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We are pleased to announce the publication of SEM Student News Volume 14, Number 2. This new issue continues our previous political theme and focuses on the internal negotiations of the field of ethnomusicology and academic departments and spaces. Discussions feature the nuances and ethics of translation; negotiating early career challenges and academic politics; as well as responses and rejoinders to articles in Volume 14, Number 1. 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 Outgoing Editor, SEM Student News Eugenia Siegel Conte Incoming Editor, SEM Student News

Final Call for Submissions: SEMSN 14.2

Dear Colleagues, This is the final 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 follow

2nd Call for Submissions: SEMSN 14.2

Dear Colleagues, This is the second 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 follo

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 essentia

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 follow

Volume 14, Number 1: Music and Politics

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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 Monáe'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

Selected Course Readings: “Rhythm of Change: African Music and African Politics”

The following bibliography is a supplement to SEM President Gregory Barz's letter, “ The Coextensive Moment of Music and Politics in Africa: A Pedagogical Perspective, ”  in  SEM Student News 14.1, Spring/Summer 2018 . Selected Course Readings Agawu, Kofi. 2016. “Music and/in Society.” In The African Imagination in Music , 27–64. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Aidi, Hisham. 2014. Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture. New York: Pantheon. Allen, Tony. 2013 . An Autobiography of the Master Drummer of Afrobeat. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Anderson, Benedict. 1983. “Introduction,” “Cultural Roots,” “The Origins of National Consciousness.” In Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origins of Nationalism , 11–16, 17–40, 41–49. London: Verso. Ansell, Gwen. 2004. “Jazz for the Struggle, and the Struggle for Jazz.” In Soweto Blues: Jazz, Popular Music, and Politics in South Africa . New York: Continuum. Asante Darko, Kwaku. 2000. “Reggae Rh

Audiovisual Frames: What Films Can Do: An Interview with Jeff Roy

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By Diego Pani (Memorial University of Newfoundland) *This column also appears in  SEM Student News 14.1, Spring/Summer 2018. Ethnomusicologists engage with media production continuously. Starting from recording music making, using audiovisual technologies pushes our field toward new narrative forms, where audio and video outputs integrate not only into writing but become the very core of research projects. This column provides a space for thinking on the politics of audiovisual representation in ethnomusicological research by exploring the work of researchers who seek to overcome the limits of written scholarly production via documentary filmmaking, photo reportage, audio recording, and online platforms. Jeff Roy.  Photo by Ryan Ballard. I first came across Jeff Roy’s work when I read his 2015 doctoral thesis, "Ethnomusicology of the Closet: (Con)Figuring Transgender- Hijra Identity Through Documentary Filmmaking," where he actively engages his critical use of

Thinking Beyond Your Degree: Eleven Suggestions for a Competitive Job Search

By Dr. Rebecca Dirksen (Indiana University) *This article originally appeared in SEM Student News  Volume 12.1 , Spring/Summer 2016. There’s a great deal of handwringing over the state of today’s job market. This anxiety makes sense: we are facing restructuring of the academic world, with a move toward fewer tenure-track positions for humanities scholars. Moreover, there’s a generalized (and often poorly articulated and thus poorly received) antipathy toward academics, as public dialogues turn to “elitism,” “irrelevancy,” and “employability.” Technically, however, academic job rates for early career ethnomusicologists have been relatively constant if not higher over the past several years, based on the unscientific measure of job postings to the job wiki, ethnomusicology-related listservs, and the Chronicle—although as a discipline we have no firm grasp on where these figures will stand in just five years. But let’s be blunt: even the most accomplished ABDs and recent PhDs with th

Final Call for Submissions: SEMSN 14.1

Dear Colleagues, This is the final  call  for  submissions  for the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of  SEM Student News . This new issue, vol. 14, no. 1, will focus on a theme of  Music and Politics  with particular attention to music-making as political intervention and discourse. 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, 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 Student  submissions  (c. 200–250 words) for our “Thoughts from the Field” column [relating students' personal perspectives and experiences in the field to the issue's main theme]

2nd Call for Submissions: SEM Student News Vol 14.1

Dear Colleagues, This is the second  call  for  submissions  for the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of  SEM Student News . This new issue, vol. 14, no. 1, will focus on a theme of  Music and Politics  with particular attention to music-making as political intervention and discourse. 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, 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 Student  submissions  (c. 200–250 words) for our “Thoughts from the Field” column [relating students' personal perspectives and experiences in the field to the issue's main theme]

Call for Submissions: SEM Student News 14.1

Dear Colleagues, This is the first  call  for  submissions  for the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of  SEM Student News . This new issue, vol. 14, no. 1, will focus on a theme of  Music and Politics  with particular attention to music-making as political intervention and discourse.  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, 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 Student  submissions  (c. 200–250 words) for our “Thoughts from the Field” column [relating students' personal perspectives and experiences in the field to the issue's main theme]