To recognize the most distinguished, published English-language monograph in the field of ethnomusicology.
Eligibility: The monograph must have been published in the previous two years (e.g., the 2015 prize will be given to a book published in 2013 or 2014). Second editions of monographs, edited collections, and textbooks are not eligible. No book will be considered more than once.
Prize: $300 cash prize.
Administration: The Merriam Prize Committee will consist of the Past-President or President-elect, as Chair, two members of the Society appointed by the SEM President, and the previous winner.
Application Process: Nominations, including self-nominations and nominations by presses, are made by sending four copies of the book to the committee Chair through the SEM Business Office. The committee may also nominate books to be considered.
Applicants may submit only
one title during an application cycle.
Application Deadline: April 1.
Send Application To: Chair, Alan Merriam Prize, c/o Business Office, Society for Ethnomusicology, Morrison Hall 005, Indiana University, 1165 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47405-3700.
worlds of Indian dance: Cultures of exclusion. Hurst Publishers, 2013.
Carol Silverman. Romani Routes: Cultural Politics and Balkan
Music in Diaspora. Oxford University Press, 2012.
(Honorable Mention) Travis Jackson.
the Blues Away: Performance and Meaning on the New York Jazz Scene.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.
Sean Williams and Lillis Ó Laoire. Bright Star of the West: Joe Heaney, Irish Song Man. Oxford University Press, 2011.
Ann Muller and Sathima Bea Benjamin.
Echoes: South African Women Thinking in Jazz.
Stokes, Martin. The Republic of Love: Cultural Intimacy in Turkish Popular Music. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2009.
(Honorable Mention) Rasmussen, Anne. Women, The Recited Qur’an and Islamic Music in Indonesia. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2010.
(Honorable Mention) Spiller, Henry. Erotic Triangles: Sundanese Dance and Masculinity in West Java. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
(Co-recipient) Brinner, Benjamin. Playing Across a Divide: Israeli-Palestinian Musical Encounters. Oxford University Press, 2009.
(Co-recipient) Friedson, Steven. Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land. The University of Chicago.
DjeDje, Jacqueline Cogdell Fiddling in West Africa: Touching the Spirit in Fulbe, Hausa, and Dagamba Cultures. Indiana University Press, 2008.
(Co-recipient) Hahn, Tomie. Sensational Knowledge: Embodying Culture through Japanese Dance. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2007.
(Co-recipient) Rommen, Timothy. "Mek Some Noise": Gospel Music and the Ethics of Style in Trinidad. University of California Press, 2007.
(Co-recipient) Gaunt, Kyra D. The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop. New York University Press, 2006.
(Co-recipient) Largey, Michael. Vodou Nation: Haitian Art Music and Cultural Nationalism. University of Chicago Press, 2006.
(Co-recipient) Borgo, David G. Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age. Continuum International Publishing Group, Inc., 2005.
(Co-recipient) Austerlitz, Paul. Jazz Consciousness: Music, Race, and Humanity. Wesleyan University Press, 2005.
(Honorable Mention) Perna, Vincenzo. Timba: The Sound of the Cuban Crisis. Ashgate Publishing, 2005.
(Co-recipient) Becker, Judith. Deep Listeners: Music, Emotion, and Trancing. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.
Marc. Unplayed Melodies: Javanese Gamelan and the Genesis of Music Theory.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.
(Honorable Mention) Wong, Deborah. Speak
it Louder: Asian Americans Making Music. New York: Routledge,
Gage. Four Parts, No Waiting: A Social History of
American Barbershop Harmony. Oxford University Press, 2003.
Music in the Arab World: The Culture and Artistry of Tarab. Cambridge University
Waxer, Lise A. The City of Musical Memory:
Salsa, Record Grooves, and Popular Culture in Cali, Colombia. Wesleyan
2002. She was
Katherine. Divine Utterances: The Performance of Afro-Cuban Santeria.
Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001.
(Co-recipient) Tenzer, Michael.
Gamelan Gong Kebyar: The Art of Twentieth Century Balinese Music. The
University of Chicago Press, 2000.
(Co-recipient) Turino, Thomas.
Nationalists, Cosmopolitans and Popular Music in Zimbabwe.
Veit. Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination:
South Africa and the West. Oxford University Press, 1999.
Virginia. The Voice of Egypt: Umm Kulthum, Arabic Song, and Egyptian Society in
the Twentieth Century. The University of Chicago Press, 1998.
Judith. Shoshone Ghost Dance Religion: Poetry, Songs, and Great Basin
Context. University of Illinois Press, 1997.
Dale. Music of the Warao of
Venezuela: Song People of the Rain Forest. University Press of Florida,
J. Lawrence Silk and Bamboo Music in Shanghai: The Jiangnan Sizhu Instrumental
Ensemble Tradition. Kent State University Press, 1995.
Paul Thinking in Jazz: The Infinite Art of Improvisation. The
University of Chicago Press, 1994.