Here are the current announcements relating to SEMSEC conferences and changes to the SEMSEC website.
A few rooms may still be booked at the Courtyard at the reduced rate. Participants are asked to book through the hotel at the standard rate (currently $139) and then email the conference organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org informing her that they have booked. From there she will contact the hotel and have them reduce the rate to the $109 rate of the group. Additionally, www.hotels.com had low rates ($100 - $110) available at the following hotels:
- 134 Peachtree St Nw Atlanta, GA, 30303 United States, 1-866-767-0278
- 176 Peachtree St NE Atlanta, GA, 30303 United States, 1-866-538-0251
It is strongly suggested that participants go through hotels.com NOT the hotel for these two options as the rate might be different if they book directly through the hotel.
The Society of Ethnomusicology Southeast-Caribbean Chapter is pleased to announce that the 2012 Dale Olsen Prize for the Best Student Paper goes to Jessica Hajek from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for her paper “‘Lo Nuestro es lo Verdadero:’ The Rise of Alí-Babá at Dominican Carnival." Congratulations to Jessica!
Crossroads and Musical Junctures: The Routes and Roots of Tradition
Call for Proposals
The Society for Ethnomusicology, Southeast and Caribbean Chapter (SEMSEC) is pleased to announce the call for proposals for its 2013 Annual Meeting, to be held at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia (Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, 2013)
"The Dancing President. Mandela, Music and Imprisonment"
Johann Buis (Associate Professor of Musicology, Wheaton College)
Submission Deadline: 5:00 p.m. EST, December 15, 2012
The Program Committee welcomes proposals from SEM members and scholars working in a wide range of fields including musicology, music education, music theory, dance, art history, political science, anthropology, sociology, area studies, media studies, folklore, performance studies, and popular culture. Proposals from graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged. We welcome proposals on any and all music related topics and especially encourage proposals linked to the general themes of the conference listed below.
1) The city as a musical crossroads
2) Interdisciplinary perspectives on music
3) Music in the context of social, political, and economic transformations
Submissions may include individual scholarly papers (20-minute presentation, 10-minute
discussion); organized panels of 3 or 4 papers, or 3 papers and a discussant; forum/roundtable-format discussions linked to conference themes; other creative presentations and workshops involving performance, scholarship, and discussion.
Each member of an organized panel must submit an individual paper proposal (see submission guidelines below for individual scholarly papers) and the panel chair/organizer must submit a panel abstract (panel abstract must not exceed 150 words). Organizers of forum/roundtables should submit an abstract of 150 words or less detailing the central theme, purpose, and scope of the forum, with a preliminary list of participants. The suggested forum format is 90-minutes, with four to six panelists including a discussant; other options will be considered.
For individual scholarly papers, please submit an abstract of 250 words or less in a format suitable for direct publication in the abstract booklet. Abstracts should clearly indicate a central argument, research methodology, and conclusions. Include title, centered at the top of the page and, at the bottom right, author's name, institutional affiliation or place of residence.
Please include the following with all proposals:
. mail address
. title of proposal
. institutional affiliation
. email address
. phone number
Email proposals to Larry Crook email@example.com by 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) December 15
I am pleased to announce a new Media page
for our SEMSEC website. It currently contains a few photos from our 2012 conference, but we are looking to expand the album to include images from all of our past conferences and events. If you have SEMSEC related pictures or video that you would like to share from the 2012 conference or any other events, please contact the webmaster to post them. We have many interesting events at our society meetings; let's show everyone else what we do!
Dear Director Hairston O'Connell,
I am writing on behalf of the membership of the Southeast Caribbean Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEMSEC), in my capacity as President of the chapter. We are in the middle of our chapter's first meeting in the Caribbean since the chapter's founding 37 years ago. Convening our chapter meeting at the Academy of Sciences in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic has helped us all feel more aware than ever of the importance of research in black musics and cultures around the world.
At our annual membership business meeting Sunday, a motion was made and unanimously approved that I should send a letter to you that expresses our collective sentiment of adamant support of the CBMR. SEMSEC is committed to helping you keep the CBMR functioning in perpetuity as the true center for black music research that it is.
The reason for this unreserved commitment is that the CBMR carries not only our respect, but our trust. The superlative competence of the research library and archive staff has meant that many of our members have entrusted the CBMR with protecting, preserving and appropriately sharing sensitive, original field recordings we have collected.
Moreover, many of us at this meeting today have been enriched in our lives and research thanks to the vast and unique holdings in your archives and library, thanks to the superlative competence and enthusiasm of your reference librarians, thanks to the transcendent performances of your repertory ensemble, thanks to the the administration of your research fellowships, scholarly meetings and colloquia, thanks to the numerous books you publish in addition to the Journal for Black Music Research.
While financial resources are surely needed for such an institution to survive, the CBMR's value can never be measured in dollars spent nor grants received. The CBMR's value to us as scholars of musics the world over is in essence inestimable, much like the intangible heritage that the CBMR promotes and preserves. The CBMR must and will survive, much like the indomitable spirit of the musicians, composers, researchers, and audiences which are its inspiration and raison d'être. As long as humanity is enriched by black music, the CBMR will be needed so that we can know who we are as well as who we are to become.
Please let us know what more we can do to ensure that the CBMR has a secure and flourishing future.
President, Society for Ethnomusicology Southeast Caribbean Chapter
The 2012 meeting for the Southeast and Caribbean Chapter of the Society of Ethnomusicology, the first ever conference for the society to be held in the Caribbean, met at the Academica de Ciencias de la República Dominicana in Santo Domingo from March 9-11, 2012. The program featured a number of special events, including:
- An organology workshop of Afro-Dominican instruments by Edis Sánchez and his students
- A formal reception and film screening “The Duke of Bachata”
- A bachata workshop by Dirección Nacional de Folklore
- A keynote speech by Gage Averill (Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia and Past President for the Society for Ethnomusicology) on the Lomax Haiti Recordings Project
- An excursion to San José de Los Llanos
- A Latin Jazz concert by Paul Austerlitz y su Quinteto
- 27 paper and film presentations, including two panel sessions conducted entirely in Spanish
This conference has opened up many new possibilities for SEMSEC as we continue to work with our colleagues throuhout our region, which stretches from the Carolinas and Tennessee to the north down to Trinidad and Tobago in the south. Speaking on behalf of our friends and colleagues throughout the chapter, we would particularly like to thank Local Arrangements Coordinator Martha Ellen Davis, former SEMSEC Vice-President (now President) Rebecca Sager, and everyone at the Academica de Ciencias de la República Dominicana for making this conference possible.
The conference details have now been moved under "Past Conferences" under the page 2012 Chapter Conference. The new officers and the Dale A. Olsen prize winner will be posted within the next few weeks. We look forward to seeing everyone next year at SEMSEC 2013!
Elizabeth Clendinning, webmaster
Check out all of the new information on the conference, including preliminary program and local arrangements information, on the Current Conference
The Student Concerns Committee has made a special request that information be distributed about the student events at the National SEM Conference throughout the various chapters. The events for this year include:
Thursday, 12:30-1:30pm - SEM Student Open Meeting WITH FREE PIZZA LUNCH in
the Independence Ballroom (Section A)
Friday, 8:30-10:30am - Round Table - Ethnomusicology and the Changing Job
Market: A Dialogue for Young Scholars in the Freedom Ballroom (Section F)
Friday, 8-10pm - Social Outing - Karaoke Night (FREE karaoke, you buy
drinks and food) at Fuji Mountain Japanese Restaurant (2030 Chestnut Street)
Saturday, 12:30-1:30pm - Balancing Performance with Academic Pursuits: A
Collaborative Conversation, SEM/CORD Students in Logans 2
This is a fantastic opportunity for students in the SEMSEC region to meet others around the country; enjoy!
You can now register for the SEMSEC regional conference online! Check out our new payment system under Conference Registration
Additionally, there are several events in the works for the few days before/after the conference. Please take note of these events under Conference Events and Discussion
, and please post if you are interested in attending, or have questions or comments!