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.
2. Performance or Lecture-Demonstration: Up to 1 hour long.
3. Film/Video: One recently completed or in-progress film or video up to 2 hours long. A session should include time for an introduction and discussion. Submit title, subject, and information on the introduction/discussion. Indicate the length of both the film/video and the introduction/discussion.
4. Poster (Media) Session: 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 2-hour periods for discussion. A display may consist of a poster, audio-visual presentation of research, instrument building demonstration, or written work made available in a form suitable for informal presentation on a table-top. Special display requirements (e.g., computer and audio/visual equipment) will be the responsibility of the presenter. A display should be designed with consideration for other presenters in the room. The abstract should describe the subject, purpose, and physical/audible characteristics of the display, as well as the audio/visual equipment or table space required.
5. Workshop (participatory): Informal, interactive hands-on session on one topic (e.g., music performance, dance, recording technology) for a maximum of 2 hours (indicate length).

 


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.
7. Roundtable: A roundtable provides an opportunity for participants to discuss a subject with each other and with members of the audience. A roundtable may be 1.5 or 2 hours long (please specify) and may include up to six 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. The organizer should submit an abstract that outlines the purpose/agenda and organization of the roundtable, as well as the contributions of each participant (unnamed in the abstract). The organized session form provides a space where participants and their institutional affiliations should be listed.
8. Multiple Film/Video Program: Multiple presenters of recently completed or in-progress films, videos, or excerpts, together extending up to 2 hours. A session should include introductions and discussion time. The session organizer should submit an abstract that outlines the overall subject of the session and includes information on the film/video titles and subjects and on the introduction/discussion. Also indicate the exact length of each proposed film/video (or excerpt) and of the introduction/discussion. The organized session form provides a space where participants and their institutional affiliations should be listed.
9. Group-Led Workshop (participatory): Informal, interactive hands-on session on one topic (e.g., music performance, dance, recording technology) for a maximum of 2 hours (indicate length). The organizer should submit an abstract that describes the subject of the session and the contributions of between two and five session leaders (unnamed in the abstract). The organized session form provides a space where participants and their institutional affiliations should be listed.

 

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:

  • 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 by 5:00 pm EST, February 17, 2014. In order to avoid website technical problems, it is strongly suggested that proposals be submitted at least 24 hours before the deadline.

 

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:

  • 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 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 semconf@indiana.edu.

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 semconf@indiana.edu 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).

 

Contact Information

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: semconf@indiana.edu 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), jmd19@nyu.edu. Please put “QUESTION FOR PC CHAIR” in Subject line.

 

Deadlines

February 17 Online submission of all 2014 proposals (5:00 pm EST).
Email iuconfs@indiana.edu with questions.

 

Early June Notifications of acceptances sent with pre-registration information.
Email iuconfs@indiana.edu with questions.

 

July 1 Deadline for receipt of pre-registration and SEM membership fees from individuals whose proposals were accepted or waitlisted.
Email iuconfs@indiana.edu with questions about registration.
Email sem@indiana.edu with questions about SEM membership.

 

August 5 Deadline for presenter cancellation and refund of pre-registration fees from SEM members whose proposals were accepted (minus a $35 handling fee).
Email iuconfs@indiana.edu with questions.

 

October 10 Deadline for reservations at the Wyndham Grand Hotel (11:59pm EST). Reservations made after this date will be served on a space available basis.

 

October 15 Deadline for registration cancellation refund for non-presenters (minus a $35 handling fee).
Email iuconfs@indiana.edu with questions.

 

October 15 Deadline to register for the meeting at the early-bird rates.
Email iuconfs@indiana.edu with questions.

 

October 15 Deadline for applications for exhibits, program book notices, and interviews.
Email semconf@indiana.edu with questions.

 

October 15 Deadline for applications for hosting receptions.
Email semconf@indiana.edu with questions.

 

 

SEM 2014 Program Committee

Martin Daughtry, Chair (New York University)
Michael Bakan (Florida State University)
Dominique O. Cyrille (Repriz-Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Guadeloupe)
Meilu Ho (University of Michigan)
Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza (Makerere University, Uganda)
Susan Taffe Reed (Bowdoin College)
Ricardo D. Trimillos (University of Hawai‘i at Manoa)

 

SEM 2014 Local Arrangements Committee

Andrew N. Weintraub, Co-Chair (University of Pittsburgh)
Adriana Helbig, Co-Chair (University of Pittsburgh)
Shalini Ayyagari (American University)
Tyler Bickford (University of Pittsburgh)
Rachel Mundy (University of Pittsburgh)
Sister Marie Agatha Ozah (Duquesne University)
Deane Root (University of Pittsburgh)
Gavin Steingo (University of Pittsburgh)