The Society for Ethnomusicology 2011 Annual Meeting Call for Proposals

The 2011 Joint Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Congress on Research in Dance will be held on November 17-20, 2011, at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel in Philadelphia, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. For information on all meeting arrangements and for updates, please visit and select “Conferences.”

The theme for the 2011 meeting will be Moving Music / Sounding Dance. Proposals are encouraged on the following topics:

1) Where Music Meets Dance
2) Advocacy and Outreach
3) Health and Healing
4) Interculturalism
5) Hybridity
6) Local Philadelphia Communities

Proposals on these topics will be given priority by the Program Committee. SEM sections, special interest groups, committees, and other constituent units are encouraged to sponsor organized sessions on or relevant to these topics, though the Program Committee will not give extra weight to sponsorship. Proposals on any other topics relevant to the field of ethnomusicology are also welcome. The online and postmark deadline for submission of all proposals is March 14, 2011.

In conjunction with the Annual Meeting, the University of Pennsylvania will present on November 16, 2011, a Pre-Conference Symposium on “Music, Dance, and Civic Engagement.”

Proposals for the Annual Meeting are invited in nine categories, as outlined below. All proposals must include a proposal form and an abstract. When submitting a proposal, first select one of the following forms:

1. Individual Presenters Form for single papers, performances or lecture-demonstrations, film/video programs, poster (media) sessions, and workshops (participatory).

2. Organized Sessions Form for organized panels, roundtables, films/video programs, and workshops (participatory).



1. Single Papers: Individual paper presentations are 20 minutes long and are followed by 10 minutes of discussion.
2. Performances or Lecture-Demonstrations: Up to one hour long.
3. Film/Video Programs: One recently completed or in-progress film or video program up to two hours long. Sessions may include an introduction and discussion time. Submit title, subject, and information on an introduction/discussion.
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 during 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 display. Special display requirements (e.g., computer and audio/visual equipment) will be the responsibility of the presenter. Displays should be designed with consideration for the other presenters in the room. The abstract for Poster (Media) Sessions should describe the subject, purpose, and physical/audible characteristics of the display, as well as the audio/visual equipment or table space required.
5. Workshops (participatory): Informal, interactive hands-on session on one topic (e.g., music performance, dance, recording technology) for a maximum of two hours.



6. 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. The Program Committee reserves the right to suggest the addition of a panelist when 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 roundtable.) Proposals for organized panels should be submitted by the panel organizer. Include the panel abstract (describing the rationale for the panel as a whole) and abstracts for the individual papers. The panel abstract is particularly critical to the Program Committee’s evaluation.
7. Roundtables: 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 four to five presenters. We encourage formats that stimulate discussion and audience participation. The organizer will solicit position papers of up to 10 minutes from each presenter and will facilitate questions and discussion for the remaining time. Proposals for roundtables should be submitted by the session organizer and must include an abstract outlining the purpose/agenda and organization of the session, as well as the anticipated contributions of each participant (unnamed in the abstract). The organized session form provides a separate space where participants and their institutional affiliations should be listed.
8. Films/Videos: Multiple presenters of recently completed or in-progress films, video programs, or excerpts, together extending up to two hours. Sessions may include introductions and discussion time. Submit titles, subjects, and information on an introduction/discussion. Also indicate the exact duration of each proposed film, video program, and/or excerpt. The organizer must describe the overall subject of the session. List the participants and their affiliations in the space provided in the organized session form, not in the abstract.
9. Workshops (participatory): Informal, interactive hands-on session on one topic (e.g., music performance, dance, recording technology) for a maximum of two hours. The organizer must submit an abstract describing the subject of the session. List between two and five session leaders and their affiliations in the space provided in the organized session form, not in the abstract.



About 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. If submitting an abstract proposal online, carefully observe these and other instructions given on the website. If submitting a hard-copy abstract proposal by post, please use single-spaced type and, separate from the body of the abstract, include the presenter’s name and institutional affiliation (for organized session abstracts, the session organizer’s name) and the paper title (for session abstracts, the name of the session).

All abstracts must comply with the following requirements:

  • Abstracts should appear as a single paragraph.
  • Abstracts over 250 words will be automatically disqualified.
  • Abstracts identifying presenters, fellow researchers, or other participants will be automatically disqualified.
  • Abstracts must be submitted online or postmarked by March 14, 2011.


Limit on the number of presentations: SEM policy specifies that, during the regular sessions of the Annual Meeting, an individual may participate in ONLY ONE of the following ways:

  • Give one paper (individually or as part of an organized panel)
  • Act as a discussant for a panel
  • Participate in one roundtable, workshop, performance, or lecture-demonstration
  • Present one film/video program
  • Participate in one poster session


In addition, an individual may chair ONE panel, roundtable, or workshop. Therefore, an individual may submit ONLY ONE abstract proposal. (Organizers of panels may submit an individual presenter abstract as well as the panel abstract.)

SEM/CORD membership and pre-registration fees: All individuals whose proposals have been accepted for the program must purchase an SEM or CORD membership by August 1. In addition, all presenters must pre-register for the meeting by August 1. This requirement also applies to those who have agreed to be waitlisted. Guest speakers at sessions sponsored by SEM constituent units must be SEM or CORD members and must pre-register for the meeting. If necessary, sections should arrange to use their dues to cover membership and registration fees for their guest speakers. Any presenter who has not purchased an SEM or CORD membership and pre-registered for the meeting by August 1 will be deleted from the program.

Notification of acceptance: SEM members whose proposals have been accepted will be sent pre-registration information around June 8. If by June 27 you have not received a message from the Program Committee indicating whether or not your abstract was accepted, please contact Drew Norris, SEM Conference Coordinator, at Indiana University Conferences at

Cancellations and no-shows: No-shows inconvenience the chair, discussant, fellow panelists, and audience members. Participants who discover that they are unable to attend the meeting should notify the Program Committee Chair and immediately. SEM policy does not permit anyone other than the author to read a paper.  Pre-registration cancellations made after September 6 will not qualify for a refund.

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

Charles Seeger Prize: Students interested in having a paper considered for the Charles Seeger Prize should consult the guidelines on the SEM website ( under “Prizes.”

Video Streaming/Conferencing: The 2011 Annual Meeting will include live online video streaming of select panels from a dedicated room throughout the conference. In addition, plans are under development for videoconferencing between panels of scholars in Philadelphia and at a remote site. See for updates.

Submission and Contact Information

For online submissions of proposals: Go to and select “Conferences.” Submission deadline: March 14, 2011.

For postal submissions of proposals: Telephone the SEM Business Office at (812) 855-6672 to request a form for postal submissions. Postmark deadline: March 14, 2011. Submit form and abstract to:
Indiana University Conferences
            Attn: SEM 2011 ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
            801 North Jordan Street
            Bloomington, IN  47405, USA

For general conference questions: or (800) 933-9330 (within U.S.) or (812) 855-4661 (outside U.S.).

For questions to the Program Committee Chair (not for submission of proposals) and for cancellations:



March 14   Online submission and postmark deadline for all SEM 2011 proposals.
June 8   Notifications of acceptances sent with pre-registration information.
August 1   Deadline for receipt of pre-registration and SEM membership fees from individuals whose proposals were accepted or waitlisted.
September 6   Deadline for presenter cancellation and refund of pre-registration fees from SEM members whose proposals were accepted (minus a $35 handling fee).
October 14 Deadline for registration cancellation refund for non-presenters (minus a $35 handling fee).


SEM 2011 Program Committee

Gregory Barz, Chair (Vanderbilt University)
Monica Hairston (Center for Black Music Research)
Juniper Hill (University College Cork)
Sarah Morelli (University of Denver)
Barley Norton (Goldsmiths, University of London)
John-Carlos Perea (San Francisco State University)
Christopher Washburne (Columbia University)

Information on Joint Meeting with the Congress on Research in Dance

For the 2011 Joint Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Congress on Research in Dance, individuals should submit proposals to the society of which they are a member. Individuals who are members of both SEM and CORD should submit to only one society. Each society’s Program Committee will review its proposals. The above guidelines and requirements apply to proposals submitted to SEM. For information on submitting proposals to CORD, please see