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 - 15.1 "Music & Affect"
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
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.
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.