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October 25-28, 2007
The Society for Ethnomusicology
51st Annual Conference- Decolonizing Ethnomusicology



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2007 Call for Proposals

The Society for Ethnomusicology will hold its 52nd annual meeting, October 25-28, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio, at the Hyatt on Capitol Square. Columbus Ohio, the host city for the 2007 meeting of our society, is the fifteenth largest city in the U.S. and one of the fastest growing metro areas in the Midwest. The city and its environs boast of several important institutions of higher learning, most of all the Ohio State University, our hosting institution, which is the largest single-campus university in the U.S. (more than 57,000 students) and a world-class public research university.

The annual Charles Seeger lecture will be delivered by Bill Ivey, President of the American Folklore Society and director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University.

The conference themes for the 2007 meeting include the following:

  1. Music, war and reconciliation
  2. Music, place and environment
  3. Interaction between musicians in ensemble playing
  4. Digital communities and musical experiences
  5. Musical ontologies
  6. Ethnomusicologies: shifting perspectives on the field (including cognitive ethnomusicology)

Proposals on any other topics relevant to the field of ethnomusicology are also welcome.  The online and postmark deadline for submission of SEM proposals is Thursday, March 15, 2007.

The Pre-Conference Symposium, to be held on October 24, will be devoted to the theme: New Directions in Cognitive Ethnomusicology, on which a number of invited and selected papers will be presented.

The SEM 2007 Program Committee consists of Daniel Avorgbedor ( Ohio State University), Aaron Fox ( Columbia University), Travis Jackson ( University of Chicago), Brenda Romero ( University of Colorado), and Marcello Sorce-Keller ( University of Lugano), with Margaret Kartomi ( Monash University) as chair. For further questions about the program for SEM 2007, please contact: Margaret Kartomi, Monash University, School of Music – Conservatorium, Clayton 380, Australia, (Tel) 03 9905 3238; (Fax) 03 9905 3241.

Do not send proposals or abstracts to this address; please see the Call for Papers forms for the proper address.

The SEM Local Arrangement Committee consists of Daniel Avorgbedor ( Ohio State University), David Harnish ( Bowling Green State University) and Udo Will ( Ohio State University), with Margarita Mazo ( Ohio State University) as chair. For questions about local arrangements, contact Margarita Mazo, School of Music, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210. (Tel) 614-292-9407, (Fax) 614-292-1102.

Proposals are invited in eight categories.  Please see below for details. 
All proposals must include two components—the proposal form and an abstract.  When submitting your proposal, first select the appropriate form.  Note that two types of forms are used for submitting proposals:

  1. “Individual Presenters Form” for single papers, performances or lecture-demonstrations, film/video programs, and poster (media) session proposals.
  2. “Organized Sessions Form” for organized panels, forums/roundtables, workshops (participatory), and films/videos (the film or video itself is the presentation).

Please note that poster (media) presentations are welcome and those presenters may set up their presentations on their own laptops in the poster presentation area at the conference.

PROPOSALS TO BE SUBMITTED ON THE “INDIVIDUAL PRESENTERS FORM”:

  1. Single Papers:  Individual paper presentations are 20 minutes long and will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion.  Individual paper proposals must include:
    1. a. The Individual Presenters Form
      b. A 250-word maximum abstract.  Abstracts over 250 words will not be accepted.

  2. Performances or Lecture-Demonstrations:  Up to one hour long.  Proposals must include:
    1. a. The Individual Presenters Form
      b. A 250-word maximum abstract.  Abstracts over 250 words will not be accepted.

  3. Film/Video Programs:  Recently completed or in-progress films or video programs up to two hours long.  Sessions may include an introduction and discussion time.  Submit titles, subjects, and formats, and indicate the exact duration of the proposed films/videos and introduction/discussion.  Proposals must include:
    1. a. The Individual Presenters Form
      b. A 250-word maximum abstract.  Abstracts over 250 words will not be accepted.

  4. Poster (Media) Sessions:  Display stations will be set up in a room where presenters can exhibit work in a variety of media and remain on hand for scheduled two-hour periods for discussion.  Displays might include posters, audio-visual presentations of research, instrument building, as well as written work made available in a form suitable for informal presentation in a table-top or wall display.  Special display requirements (e.g., computer equipment and monitors) will be the responsibility of the presenter.  Displays should be designed with the other presenters in the room in mind.  Proposals must include:
    1. a. The Individual Presenters Form
      b. A 250-word maximum abstract describing the subject, purpose, and physical/audible characteristics of the display as well as the audio/visual equipment, wall, or table space required. Certain special display equipment may be the responsibility of the presenter.  Abstracts over 250 words will not be accepted.

    PROPOSALS TO BE SUBMITTED ON THE “ORGANIZED SESSIONS FORM”:

  5. Organized Panels:  Organized panel sessions are 90 minutes or two hours long.  A 90-minute panel consists of three papers.  A two-hour panel consists of either four papers or three papers plus a discussant.  Each presentation (a paper or a discussant’s formal response) will be 20 minutes long followed by 10 minutes of questions and general discussion.  Panel abstracts will be evaluated individually as well as collectively.  The program committee reserves the right to suggest the addition of a panelist where an independently submitted abstract appears to fit a panel.  (Those interested in a more flexible format with more participants may want to consider proposing a forum/roundtable.)  Proposals for organized panels should be submitted by the panel organizer and must include:
    1. a. The Organized Sessions Form
      b. A 250-word maximum abstract describing the rationale for the panel as a whole.  While the individual abstracts are necessary, the overall panel abstract is the linchpin of the panel.
      c. A 250-word maximum abstract for each presenter.  Abstracts over 250 words will not be accepted.
  6. Forums/Roundtables:  Forum/Roundtable sessions provide opportunities for participants to discuss a subject with each other and with members of the audience.  Sessions of up to two hours long should include at least four but no more than five presenters.   We encourage formats that stimulate discussion and audience participation.  The organizer will solicit position papers of up to 15 minutes from each presenter and will facilitate questions and discussion for the remaining time.  Proposals for forums/roundtables should be submitted by the session organizer and must include:
    1. a. The Organized Sessions Form
      b. A 250-word maximum abstract outlining the purpose/agenda and organization of the session, as well as the anticipated contributions of its members.  Abstracts over 250 words will not be accepted.
  7. Workshops (participatory):  Informal, interactive roundtables (maximum six participants) on one topic.  The organizer must submit:
    1. a. The Organized Sessions Form
      b. A 250-word maximum abstract describing the subject.  Abstracts over 250 words will not be accepted.
  8. Films/Videos:  Recently completed or in-progress films or video programs up to two hours long.  Sessions may include an introduction and discussion time.  Submit titles, subjects, and formats, and indicate the exact duration of the proposed films/videos and introduction/discussion.  The organizer must submit:
    1. The Organized Sessions Form
    2. A 250-word maximum abstract describing the subject and a list of participants.  Abstracts over 250 words will not be accepted.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ABSTRACTS: Abstracts should demonstrate a clear focus or statement of the problem, a coherent argument, knowledge of previous research, and a statement of the implications for ethnomusicology.  Do not include the names of any participants in the body of the abstract. If submitting a hard copy abstract proposal by mail only, please format your abstract as follows: Abstracts should be typed, single spaced. Include your name and institutional affiliation (for session abstracts, the session organizer’s name) and the title of your paper (for session abstracts, the name of the session). 

Guidelines:

  • Abstracts must not exceed 250 words.  Abstracts over 250 words will not be accepted.
  • Abstracts must appear as a single paragraph.
  • Because abstract review is anonymous, do not include your name, the names of other panelists, or the names of fellow researchers in the body of the abstract. Abstracts identifying presenters or other participants will not be accepted.

SUBMISSIONS, REQUIREMENTS, AND DEADLINES:

Proposal submissions:  We strongly encourage you to submit your abstract using the online form at www.ethnomusicology.org, available after January 15, 2007.  The deadline for on-line submissions is March 15, 2007.

This year’s online submission system will not work with some older browsers.  If you plan to submit online, we recommend that you check the submission site before March 15 in the event that it is not compatible with your browser. If you do not have Internet access, mail your form and abstract to the address listed below, postmarked by March 15, 2007.

Address for submissions:

            *Online:  http://www.indiana.edu/~semhome/2007/abstract.shtml
            *Postal mail:  Indiana University Conferences

                                 Attn.:  SEM 2007 ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
                                 801 N. Jordan
                                  Bloomington, IN 47405 USA

Deadline for submissions:  All submissions must be postmarked or submitted online by the published deadline—Thursday, March 15, 2007—or the abstract will not be reviewed.

Charles Seeger Prize:  Students interested in having a paper considered for the Charles Seeger Prize should consult the guidelines in the January 2007 issue of the SEM Newsletter or on the SEM website (www.ethnomusicology.org).

Pre-registration fees:  Following SEM policy, all participants whose proposals have been accepted for the program must be SEM members and must pre-register for the meeting by August.  This requirement applies also to those who have agreed to be waitlisted. SEM members whose proposals have been accepted will be sent pre-registration materials around May 15, at the time of notification of their acceptance to the program.  If by June 15 you have not received a letter from the program committee indicating whether or not your abstract was accepted, please contact Jennifer Gentry, Conference Coordinator, at Indiana University Conferences, semconf@indiana.edu.

Limit on the number of presentations: SEM policy specifies that each presenter may give one paper (individually or as part of an organized panel) OR act as discussant for a panel OR participate in one forum/roundtable, workshop, performance, lecture-demonstration, or poster session OR present one film/video program during the regular sessions. Presenters may, however, also serve as chair of one panel, forum/roundtable, or workshop.

Cancellations and no-shows:  No-shows inconvenience the chair, discussant, fellow panelists, and audience members attending the session.  Participants who discover they are unable to attend the meeting should notify the program chair and semconf@indiana.edu immediately. As a general rule, SEM does not allow someone else to read your paper in your absence.  Pre-registration cancellations made after September 10 will not qualify for a refund.

Special requests:  Please indicate potential scheduling conflicts.  If notified in advance, the program committee will attempt to accommodate requests but cannot guarantee a particular time slot.

Timetable:

March 15

Postmark and online-submission deadline for all SEM proposals.

May 31 (extended)

Notifications of acceptances mailed (including preliminary sessions and times) with pre-registration materials.

August 2

Deadline for receipt of pre-registration fees from SEM members whose proposals were accepted.

September 10

Deadline for presenter cancellation and refund of pre-registration fees from SEM members whose proposals were accepted (minus a $35 handling fee).

September 24

Registration cancellation refund deadline for non-presenters (minus a $35 handling fee).

52nd Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology
Announcement of the Pre-Conference Symposium
New Directions in Cognitive Ethnomusicology
October 24, 2007

Recent developments in the cognitive sciences have seen the emergence of new paradigms that emphasize the integrated relationships between mind and body, acknowledge the importance of individual experience in understanding human cognition, and revise the understanding of the relationship between inherited and acquired traits in the formation of human capacities. With the increased interest of cognitive sciences in music studies, these trends clearly offer a chance for ethnomusicology to become a fully-fledged partner in new interdisciplinary inquiry and an opportunity to re-examine some enduring disciplinary beliefs and practices.

The aim of the pre-conference Symposium is two-fold: to explore the opportunities and challenges the new situation poses for ethnomusicology and to create a dialogue between cognitive and more traditional subfields of our discipline. To facilitate dialogue, ethnomusicologists who work outside the field of cognitive ethnomusicology will be invited to serve as respondents.

The Symposium’s theme is New Directions in Cognitive Ethnomusicology, with four main sub-themes:

  1. Ethnomusicology and cognitive sciences: new theoretical perspectives
  2. Music, the “cultural brain” and the body: towards a new understanding of the relationships between culture and human biology
  3. Music and language: the domain-specific and general aspects of music and language processing and the working of the brain
  4. Music, movement and entrainment: a general system dynamics’ view of communications and interactions in musicking.

Each theme will be presented by an invited speaker, with selected papers to follow. The Symposium will be organized in four sessions, allowing plenty of time for discussion.

Please note: Presenters may submit proposals for both the main SEM conference and Pre-Conference Symposium, but will have to do it separately, following two different submitting processes. Proposals for the Pre-Conference Symposium should be submitted electronically to Margarita Mazo. Priority will be given to proposals on topics around the four themes listed above, although proposals on other topics within the main mode of the symposium’s inquiry will be considered. Presentations will be twenty minutes long and will be followed by 10 minutes of questions. Proposals must include a 250-word maximum abstract and a list of required equipment. The deadline for submission of proposals for the Pre-Conference Symposium is March 1, 2007.

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