SEM Student News is a biannual publication of the Society for Ethnomusicology, created and run by students. In cooperation with the SEM Student Union, we aim to voice current student issues and ideas, and to provide useful, relevant information for students conducting research on musicking. Most of all, we provide a forum for students to communicate with their peers and to address the challenges and opportunities that we face together.
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Final Call for Submissions: SEMSN 14.1
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]
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 responding to the following prompt: “Reflecting upon your own knowledge and experience engaging with music-making in politicized contexts, what advice can you offer students regarding the ethics of fieldwork in instability, that is, how to ethically and adeptly navigate highly-political music research?”];
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 or .tiff (photography and images), .mp3 or .flac (audio), and .mp4 (video) formats no later than April 2, 2018. Be sure to include your contact information and university affiliation in your email. Please feel free to share this call widely. -- Davin Vidigal Rosenberg Editor, SEM Student News
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
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.
Dear Colleagues, This is the FINAL 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 particularly seek contributions to our "Dear SEM" column from professional academics and practitioners (see below for more details). 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