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,

-ESC
--
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.

Letter from the Editor (Volume 14, Number 2)

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

This issue of SEM Student News marks my penultimate as editor, and I am extremely grateful to have worked with SEMSN over the past six (almost seven!) years. Not all of this has involved editing, though editing has been the most meaningful to me for several reasons: I get to read and re-read the writing of my colleagues, open myself to their ways of thinking about and perceiving musicking in our lives, communicate and exchange ideas with them, and present their hard work to our readers in a way that (I hope) does it justice. This has never been an easy process and there are many challenges with which I regularly struggle, including balancing my time and energy between SEMSN, graduate school, and life in general; possessing (or not) knowledge and experience fit for evaluating such a diverse array of topics; and the ever-pervasive self-doubt that has plagued me throughout my higher education. But there is one particular challenge that I want to take this moment to attend to: the frequent appearance and continued use of terms like world music(s), non/Western, and the West in (ethno)musicology.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Final Call for Submissions: SEMSN 15.1 [Deadline Extended]

Dear Colleagues,

This is the final call for submissions for the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of SEM Student News. This new issue, vol. 15, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2019), will focus on a theme of Music and Movement with particular attention to theoretical approaches to embodiment and dance (choreomusicology). 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.

We are also accepting early submissions for vol. 15, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2019), which will focus on a theme of Music and Affect with special attention to intersections between affect, embodiment, and mindfulness/meditation.

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]
  • 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; 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:
    1. For our “Dear SEM” column (c. 250 words) [related to the issue’s theme and responding to the following prompt: “Music studies and dance studies have historically been distinct disciplines, yet music-making and dancing are often not separate and distinct practices. How have you approached scholarship, performance, and pedagogy on the interrelationship between music-making and dancing? How might we holistically study and teach these practices?”]
    2. 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 either issue, please contact the editor at semstudentnews@gmail.com. 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 (photography and images), .mp3 or .flac (audio), and .mp4 (video) formats no later than April 8, 2019 (for 15.1 submissions; 15.2 submissions are also welcome at any time, with a final deadline TBD). Be sure to include your contact information and university affiliation in your email. Please feel free to share this call widely.

Best regards,

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

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

What Can One Learn in Gamelan Ensemble in One Semester? A Performative Ethnography of a World Music Ensemble

By Wangcaixuan (Rosa) Zhang (University of Pittsburgh)


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

The 1950s marked the establishment of ethnomusicology as a discipline in United States universities. In conjunction with Mantle Hood’s concept of “bi-musicality,” world music ensembles (WMEs) became part of ethnomusicology university programs to allow students to explore the music of the “Other.” Although these ensembles promote a decolonized attitude[1] toward understanding the “Other,” constrained within a Western university setting, they end up encouraging students to approach the “Other” with a colonized gaze. Through a performative ethnography[2] as an ensemble member, performer, and researcher in the Sundanese gamelan ensemble at the University of Pittsburgh in both Fall 2017 and Spring 2018, this article re-visits how we teach WMEs and questions what representations of the “Other” we are passing on to our students. This, I argue, serves as a good starting point for unfolding the politics of representation within ethnomusicology today.

Monday, February 25, 2019

2nd Call for Submissions: SEMSN 15.1

Dear Colleagues,

This is the second call for submissions for the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of SEM Student News. This new issue, vol. 15, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2019), will focus on a theme of Music and Movement with particular attention to theoretical approaches to embodiment and dance (choreomusicology). 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.

We are also accepting early submissions for vol. 15, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2019), which will focus on a theme of Music and Affect with special attention to intersections between affect, embodiment, and mindfulness/meditation.

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]
  • 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; 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:
    1. For our “Dear SEM” column (c. 250 words) [related to the issue’s theme and responding to the following prompt: “Music studies and dance studies have historically been distinct disciplines, yet music-making and dancing are often not separate and distinct practices. How have you approached scholarship, performance, and pedagogy on the interrelationship between music-making and dancing? How might we holistically study and teach these practices?”]
    2. 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 either issue, please contact the editor at semstudentnews@gmail.com. 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 (photography and images), .mp3 or .flac (audio), and .mp4 (video) formats no later than April 8, 2019 (for 15.1 submissions; 15.2 submissions are also welcome at any time, with a final deadline TBD). Be sure to include your contact information and university affiliation in your email. Please feel free to share this call widely.

Best regards,

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

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Haitian-Immigrant Artists and the Political Aesthetic of Migration in Brazil’s Polarized 2018 Presidential Campaign

By Caetano Maschio Santos (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul)


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

I write during the first round of presidential elections in Brazil, between candidates Jair Bolsonaro and Fernando Haddad. Bolsonaro, a congressman with a military background and openly racist, chauvinist, conservative, and xenophobic opinions, runs as a member of the right-winged Social Liberal Party (PSL).[1] Backed by the army, landowners, Evangelical church leaders, and businessmen, Bolsonaro leads most public opinion polls, incarnating the idea of a national savior. Haddad, ex-mayor of São Paulo and Education Minister, runs as a member of the leftist Workers Party (PT).[2] Although widely credited with raising living standards for the poorest in the country and projecting Brazil onto an international political and economic stage, the party is also associated with corruption scandals and Brazil’s present economic and political crisis.[3]

Sunday, February 3, 2019

What's in a Name? New Questions Regarding Ethnomusicology of the Political

By Jon Bullock (University of Chicago)


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

This autumn marks twenty-five years since the publication of ethnomusicologist Philip Bohlman’s (1993) “Musicology As a Political Act,” an essay in which he asserted that musicology had entered a period of political crisis owing to its insistence on its own apolitical status (419). Today, even Bohlman’s opening anecdote of sitting in a bar watching MTV betrays the age of the article—after all, the MTV of 1993 is long gone, with reality television shows having replaced much of the music video programming that dominated the station’s air time throughout most of the 90s and early 2000s. But for better or for worse, Bohlman’s description of a musicology that deliberately avoided the political implications of its own discourse also now feels quaint. Even Georgina Born’s 2010 addition to Bohlman’s theories, in which she urged (ethno)musicologists to reconsider what music is and what counts as music to be studied (208–9), now seems to be common practice as ethnomusicologists increasingly take into account popular musics and discourses drawn from black, queer, and indigenous studies, among other fields. And if the field itself has changed since 1993, so has the world around us. Today, not being political seems as much a political act as any.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Call for Submissions: SEMSN 15.1

Dear Colleagues,

This is the first call for submissions for the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of SEM Student News. This new issue, vol. 15, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2019), will focus on a theme of Music and Movement with particular attention to theoretical approaches to embodiment and dance (choreomusicology). 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.

We are also accepting early submissions for vol. 15, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2019), which will focus on a theme of Music and Affect with special attention to intersections between affect, embodiment, and mindfulness/meditation.

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]
  • 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; 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:
    1. For our “Dear SEM” column (c. 250 words) [related to the issue’s theme and responding to the following prompt: “Music studies and dance studies have historically been distinct disciplines, yet music-making and dancing are often not separate and distinct practices. How have you approached scholarship, performance, and pedagogy on the interrelationship between music-making and dancing? How might we holistically study and teach these practices?”
    2. 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 either issue, please contact the editor at semstudentnews@gmail.com. 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 (photography and images), .mp3 or .flac (audio), and .mp4 (video) formats no later than April 1, 2019 (for 15.1 submissions; 15.2 submissions are also welcome at any time, with a final deadline TBD). Be sure to include your contact information and university affiliation in your email. Please feel free to share this call widely.

Best regards,

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