2018 MIDSEM Conference Update & CFP

New information is now available for the 2018 MIDSEM Conference, which will be held jointly with the Central States Anthropological Society on April 19-21, 2018 in Bloomington, Indiana.  For more information, including the CFP go to our 2018 Conference page.

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BGSU Graduate Student Conference

A CFP for a Graduate Student Conference in our region:

Bowling Green State University Graduate Student Conference

Friday 2/9/2018 & Saturday 2/10/2018

The Graduate Student Forum in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University are pleased to announce the 2018 Graduate Student Conference, which will take place on Friday and Saturday February 9-10, 2018.

Our call for papers extends to all graduate students in the fields of musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, and composition, but also includes students from other disciplines who wish to submit a proposal for a paper that relates in some way to music. Senior undergraduates are also welcome to submit with the guidance of a faculty member. Interdisciplinary papers are especially encouraged with subjects pertaining, but are not limited, to intersections of music with linguistics, philosophy, technology, popular culture, psychology/cognition, and sociology.

Paper presentations should be no longer than twenty minutes in length, to be followed by ten minutes for questions. The deadline for proposals is Friday, December 15th, 2017. All applicants will be notified of their status by Monday, January 1st, 2018. Only one submission per applicant is permitted.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

  • Send abstracts to Jesse Kiser, at jeskise@bgsu.edu, with “BGSU 2018 Graduate Conference” as the subject.
  • Abstracts should not exceed 300 words.
  • Please attach your abstract in the form of a Microsoft Word document or PDF.
  • Name the file with the following format: LASTNAME_BG2018.
  • Do not put your name or affiliation in the document.
  • Include your name, e-mail, telephone (optional), and academic affiliation in the body of the e-mail.
  • List any audio-visual requirements or other special needs in your e-mail.
  • Only one submission per applicant.

For additional information or queries please e-mail Jesse Kiser ( jeskise@bgsu.edu ), or visit our website bgsumuctgraduatestudentforum.wordpress.com

We look forward to receiving your submissions!
Richard L. D. Hopkins
Secretary and Ethnomusicology Representative.
BGSU MuCT Graduate Student Forum
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SEM 2017 Final Program & Abstracts

From the SEM National Office:

The Society for Ethnomusicology 62nd Annual Meeting will be held on October 26-29, 2017, at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel, co-hosted by the University of Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Colorado College. For all information, visit the conference website at http://www.indiana.edu/~semhome/2017/.

Final Program:

Abstracts Book:

Registration reopens on Wednesday, October 25, in Denver. The conference registration desk is located in the Colorado Ballroom/Denver Ballroom Pre-Function Area, on the Lower Level 2 of the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel.

We look forward to seeing you in Denver!

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Early-Bird Registration for SEM Ends October 6

From the SEM national office:

The Society for Ethnomusicology is finalizing arrangements for its 62nd Annual Meeting on October 26-29, 2017, at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel, co-hosted by the University of Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Colorado College. For the preliminary program, hotel accommodations, and other meeting information, visit the conference website at http://www.indiana.edu/~semhome/2017/

Please note that discounted early-bird registration rates are available until October 6. To register, see: 
http://www.indiana.edu/~semhome/2017/registration.shtml. Early-bird rates offer substantial savings, especially when combined with an SEM membership:


  • Regular Member: $160
  • Regular Non-Member: $245
  • Student Member: $90
  • Student Non-Member: $130


  • Regular Member: $200
  • Regular Non-Member: $285
  • Student Member: $130
  • Student Non-Member: $170

To renew your SEM membership and receive discounts along with all three 2017 issues of the journal Ethnomusicology, visit the membership area of the SEM website at http://www.ethnomusicology.org/?page=Membership_Home

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SEM 2017 Preliminary Program 

The preliminary program for the SEM 2017 national meeting is now available:


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SEM Newsletter 51.3 (Summer 2017)

The Summer 2017 (51.3) issue of the SEM Newsletter is now available online. To view this issue, please visit the SEM website at www.ethnomusicology.org. Be sure to first sign in to the site with your SEM username and password. After you sign in, select “Members’ Area” / “SEM Newsletter” to view current and back issues.

Among the items in the Summer 2017 issue are:

  • Music, Social Justice, and Resistance, By Jeffrey A. Summit, Tufts University Department of Music
  • The Role of Ethnomusicology in the 21st Century Curriculum, By Anne K. Rasmussen, SEM President
  • The Aesthetics and Ethics of University Music Curricula, By Timothy Rice, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Four Strategies for “Sound” Activism, By Donna A. Buchanan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • SEM and NASM: A Call for Collaboration?, By Anne K. Rasmussen, The College of William and Mary
  • The Society for Ethnomusicology’s Sixty-Second Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 26-29 October 2017 – Local Arrangements, By Sarah Morelli, Chair, Local Arrangements Committee
  • The SEM 2017 Pre-Conference Symposium: Sound Alliances, By Victoria Lindsay Levine, Colorado College
  • SEM Disciplinary Intervention for a Practice of Ethnomusicology, By Katherine Meizel, Bowling Green State University
  • British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference, 20-23 April 2017, By Ruth Hellier-Tinoco, University of California, Santa Barbara and Timothy J. Cooley, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Plus News and Announcements

For information on contributing to the SEM Newsletter, please contact Jennifer Milioto Matsue, Editor, at matsuej -at- union.edu.

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SEM Student News 13.1

The Spring/Summer 2017 issue of the SEM Student News is now available!  (Click here to read it.)  This issue includes a recap of the 2017 MIDSEM meeting as well as a wonderful article about the value of attending regional chapter meetings by MIDSEM’s very own Jessica Hajek (University of Illinois), who recently won the chapter’s JaFran Jones Prize.

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