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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