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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EXTENDED - SECOND Call for Submissions: 16.1 "Music & Theory"
Due to the growing disruption and concerns caused by COVID-19, and the increased workload for so many graduate student TAs and instructors as they make teaching materials available online, we have extended the deadline for Student News 16.1 "Music & Theory" by 1 month, until May 13th, 2020. Also, please note that our "Thoughts from the Field" column will now in part focus on the pedagogical and fieldwork adjustments necessitated by the COVID-19 response.
This is the SECOND call for submissions for the Spring/Summer issue of SEM Student News. This next issue, vol. 16, no.1, will focus on the theme of Music & Theory with a broad mandate to discuss topics in any way related to the use of different types of theory in fieldwork, pedagogy, practice, and writing. 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.
This theme could include a variety of approaches and keywords, including:
-Area studies and bimusicality in 21st century ethnomusicology
-Approaches to decolonizing theory
-Cultural, philosophical, psychological, and music theory in ethnomusicology
-Departmental boundaries defined or transgressed by theoretical approach
-Theory in the classroom
-Transcription and analysis in cross-cultural exchange and fieldwork
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 OR to issues relating to COVID-19 pedagogical and field adjustments; please contact the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org for more specific details]
Student articles (c. 750–1500 words) [related or unrelated to the theme of the issue]
Student response column (c. 750–1500 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 any part of the following prompt:How have you seen ethnomusicology as a discipline change its relationship with theory? In what sorts of exciting or unexpected ways do you see theory being used by your students and what do you do to foster and/or challenge these approaches?
Individual articles (c. 750–1500 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 May 13th, 2020 (extended by a month due to COVID-19 teaching adjustments). 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.
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…
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.