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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Call for Applications: Associate Editors
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 submissionsfor more information on our forthcoming issue. Please feel free to request further information by contacting the editors at email@example.com and to share this posting with anyone who might be interested in the position.
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.
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 submissions f…
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.