FIRST Call for Submissions: 16.1 "Music & Theory"

This is the first 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
Contact the editor at with any questions about subject matter.

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 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 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 April 13th, 2020. Be sure to include your contact information and university affiliation in your email. Please feel free to share this call widely.

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