Special Events
Madison Building, Library of Congress.


Wednesday, November 9

Pre-Conference Symposium:
Soundings: Public Sector Ethnomusicology in the 21st Century
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Mumford Room, 6th Floor
James Madison Building, Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE

Sold out – registration is now closed.

Sponsored by American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, and the Local Arrangements Committee.

This day-long symposium of presentations and informal discussions will highlight and celebrate diverse career paths successfully pursued by ethnomusicologists outside the academy. Please join colleagues who work in policy-making, music promoting, presenting, preserving, and performing in the private and public sectors, in Washington DC, across the U.S., and internationally.

Pre-Conference Symposium Program

Pre-Conference Symposium Participant Bios

The Library of Congress is easily accessible by mass transit (Capitol South on the Blue/Orange/Silver Metro lines as well as local buses). Lunch is available for purchase in the Library of Congress cafeteria and in the immediate vicinity.

Pre-Conference Symposium Directions: Metro and Entering/Navigating the Madison Building

Wednesday, November 9 – Sunday, November 13

Special Events Organized by the Local Arrangements Committee

The SEM 2016 Local Arrangements Committee has organized an extraordinary range of concerts, tours, and other programs throughout the period of the Annual Meeting.

For information, please visit the Local Arrangements webpage and check back for updates.

Friday, November 11

Anthropology of Sound Forum
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Omni Shoreham Hotel

Admission is included with registration for the SEM Annual Meeting.

Organized by the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Music and Sound Interest Group of the American Anthropological Association.

The forum is intended to advance dialogue in the anthropology of sound, promote transdisciplinary perspectives in sound studies, and build stronger institutional relationships between SEM and AAA. Bringing together researchers from diverse disciplinary locations, the forum will encourage participants to critically examine the conditions that inform research around sound and music, and consider how different disciplines approach method, analysis, knowledge, and representation. At the same time, the forum reflects anthropology’s renewed engagement with ethnomusicology, pointing to a rich shared history of ethnographic attention to practices of embodied performance, recording, and listening.

Anthropology of Sound Forum Program and Abstracts

More information on the Anthropology of Sound Forum