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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Volume 15, Number 2: Music & Affect
We are pleased to announce the publication of SEM Student News Volume 15, Number 2. This issue includes articles and interviews detailing complex affective relationships between sound, space, embodiment, and cultural politics; tracing the history and historiography of affect in music studies; and discussing how we, as fieldworkers, are imbricated in affective experience.
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.
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…