CFP for 2020 MIDSEM conference – proposals due February 29, 2020

Dear colleagues,

Given the suspension of classes and restrictions on travel by many institutions across the country, MIDSEM, which was scheduled for April 4-5 at the University of Iowa, will not be held this year. Following the identification of several COVID-19 cases in the region, the University of Iowa is suspending face-to-face instruction through at least April 3, 2020.

Kind regards,
President, MIDSEM

2020 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 29, 2020

Conference Dates: April 4-5, 2020

University of Iowa, Iowa City IA

The Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology invites students and scholars in all branches of music scholarship and related disciplines to submit 250-word abstracts for the MIDSEM annual meeting to be held from Saturday-Sunday, April 4-5, 2020, at the University of Iowa School of Music. The Program Committee will consider papers, panels, and workshops on any topic related to music.

Please send abstracts to Matthew Knight at by Friday, February 29, 2020.

For any questions about the conference, please contact Trevor Harvey at

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MIDSEM 2019 Schedule and Business Meeting Minutes

The 2019 MIDSEM chapter meeting at the University of Dayton in the books! These attachments include the meeting schedule and business meeting minutes for those who were unable to attend.

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CFP for 2019 MIDSEM conference – proposals due Dec. 15, 2018

The call for proposals for the next MIDSEM conference, which will take place at the University of Dayton (Dayton, OH) on March 22-24, 2019, is attached below.  MIDSEM welcomes proposals from scholars at all stages of their careers, including undergraduate students.

Note: the deadline has been extended to January 31st, 2019. The flyer posted here has the old deadline.

We look forward to reading your proposals!  Please circulate this CFP among your networks.

MIDSEM 2019 Call for Papers (PDF)


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SEM 2018 Chapter Meeting Agenda

For those who will be attending the SEM annual meeting in Albuquerque, our MIDSEM chapter meeting will be Friday November 16, 2018, 7:00 am in Potters. The planned agenda is as follows:

1. Approval of March 25, 2017 business meeting minutes

2. Information regarding 2019 MIDSEM conference


Friday March 22, Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24, 2019


Raymond Fitz Hall (rooms 151 and 153), corner of Brown Street and Caldwell Street, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, 45469

Please note that the conference location is only a short walk from the recommended hotel, the Marriott at the University of Dayton.


Marriott at the University of Dayton, 1414 South Patterson Boulevard, Dayton, Ohio, 45409 (website, call 1-937-223-1000 for reservations)

Twenty Queen or Deluxe Queen rooms are offered at the conference rate of $139.00/night plus taxes of $13.25%; please state that you will be attending the “MIDSEM conference”

Rooms will be available at this rate only until March 1, 2019


Keynote Speaker

Emmett G. Price III (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)

Future Conferences

  • 2020:  University of Iowa, Trevor Harvey, President
  • 2021:  University of Kentucky, Donna Kwon, President

3. Decisions regarding 2019 conference 

  1. Timeline for sending out CFP / deadline for submissions / deadline for committing to attend
  2. Plans for advertising CFP in Facebook and on allied listservs (SEM, AMS, IASPM, SAM)
  3. Plans for encouraging senior scholars to attend
  4. Plan for communicating expectations to presenters (20-minute papers, rehearsed, well-prepared)
  5. Plans for creating welcoming, efficient program (NB: Keynote will be 9:00 am on Sunday March 23, 2019)
    • Need to determine time of business meeting and reception
    • Need to decide whether joint sessions will occur
    • Need to decide whether student mentoring session will be included
    • Need to decide whether campus tour will occur


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2018 MIDSEM Conference Program

A preliminary program for the 2018 CSAS/MIDSEM Conference is now available!  Click here to see it.  The conference will be held April 19-21 in Bloomington, Indiana, jointly with the Central States Anthropological Society.

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“I Got a Lust for Life”: The Unique Words and Sounds of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan

A local conference that may be of interest to chapter members:

“I Got a Lust for Life”: The Unique Words and Sounds of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan

January 20, 2018

A series of panel discussions, poetry readings, and musical performances that reflect the impact of the African-American Great Migration on literary and musical expression in the region.  Free bus service is provided between events in Detroit and Toledo (see links above).  Co-sponsored by the University of Toledo, Wayne State University, and others.

10:00 — Panel Discussion, Q&A, and Musical Performance — Schaver Music Recital Hall, 480 W. Hancock Street, Detroit

2:30 — Poetry Reading by Tyehimba Jess, 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet — McMaster Center, Lucas County Public Library, 325 N. Michigan Street, Toledo

6:00 — Panel Discussion, Q&A, and Musical Performance — GlasSalon, Toledo Museum of Art, 2444 Monroe Street, Toledo

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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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