Call for Proposals
The Society for Ethnomusicology – 2014 Annual Meeting Call for Proposals
The Society for Ethnomusicology will hold its 59th Annual Meeting on November 13-16, 2014, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh. The University of Pittsburgh will present a Pre-Conference Symposium, titled “Music and Labor,” on November 12. For information on all meeting arrangements and for updates, please visit the SEM website (www.ethnomusicology.org) and select “Conferences.”
In order to create an inclusive environment for presenting new research, there will be no theme or specified topics for the SEM 2014 Annual Meeting. Potential presenters are encouraged to submit their best work on any topic related to ethnomusicology and to be creative with presentation formats. In addition, SEM sections, special interest groups, committees, and other constituent units are encouraged to sponsor organized sessions, though the Program Committee will not give any preference to sponsored sessions. The online deadline for submission of all proposals is 5:00 pm EST, Monday, February 17, 2014.
Please note that all presenters must hold a current SEM membership and must pre-register for the conference. Presenters who do not meet these two requirements will be dropped from the program and will not be permitted to present at the SEM 2014 Annual Meeting.
Proposals for the Annual Meeting are invited in 9 categories, as outlined below. All proposals must include a proposal form and an abstract. When submitting a proposal, first select the appropriate form:
A. Individual Presenter Form for single paper, performance or lecture-demonstration, film/video program, poster (media) session, and workshop (participatory).
B. Organized Session Form for organized panel, roundtable, multiple film/video program, and group-led workshop (participatory).
PROPOSALS TO BE SUBMITTED ON THE INDIVIDUAL PRESENTER FORM
1. Single Paper: An individual paper presentation is 20 minutes long and is followed by 10 minutes of discussion.
PROPOSALS TO BE SUBMITTED ON THE ORGANIZED SESSION FORM
6. Organized Panel: An organized panel session is 1.5 or 2 hours long. A 1.5-hour panel consists of three papers. A 2-hour panel consists of either four papers or three papers plus a discussant. Each presentation (a paper or a discussant’s formal response) is 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.) A proposal for an organized panel 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.
SUBMISSIONS, REQUIREMENTS, AND DEADLINES
Submission: All proposals must be submitted online. To access the submission system, visit www.ethnomusicology.org and select “Conferences” / “Current” / “Abstract Submission.”
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. Carefully observe these and other instructions given on the proposal submission web pages.
All abstracts must comply with the following requirements:
Limit on 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:
In addition, an individual may chair ONE panel, roundtable, or workshop. Therefore, an individual may submit ONLY ONE abstract proposal to SEM. (Organizers of panels may submit an individual presenter abstract as well as the panel abstract.)
SEM membership and 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 July 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 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 membership and pre-registered for the meeting by July 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 1. If by June 15 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com immediately. SEM policy does not permit anyone other than the author to read a paper. Pre-registration cancellations made after August 5 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 (www.ethnomusicology.org)under “Prizes.” Note that papers must be submitted by November 12, 2014 (before the start of the Annual Meeting).
For online submissions of proposals: Go to www.ethnomusicology.org and select “Conferences.” Submission deadline: 5:00 pm EST, February 17, 2014.
For general conference questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 933-9330 (within U.S.) or (812) 855-4661 (outside U.S.).
For questions to the SEM Program Committee Chair (not for submission of proposals) and for cancellations: Martin Daughtry (New York University), email@example.com. Please put “QUESTION FOR PC CHAIR” in Subject line.
SEM 2014 Program Committee
Martin Daughtry, Chair (New York University)
SEM 2014 Local Arrangements Committee
Andrew N. Weintraub, Co-Chair (University of Pittsburgh)