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Bruno Nettl Prize
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Purpose: To recognize an outstanding publication contributing to or dealing with the history of the field of ethnomusicology, broadly defined, or of the general character, problems, and methods of ethnomusicology. This is intended to include predecessor disciplines (e.g., comparative musicology) and closely related fields (e.g., folksong study) and, where deemed appropriate, contributions involving the relationship of ethnomusicology to other fields such as historical musicology, anthropology, music theory, systematic musicology, or organology. The publication may contemplate the field as a whole as well as more restrictive or local components; institutional and organizational history as well as biographical contributions may also be considered.

Eligibility: The publication must have appeared during the previous year and may be a monograph, article, or chapter in a book. Relevant audio and visual recordings or films may also be considered. Along with work by SEM members in English, publications by non-members of SEM are eligible, as are publications in a language other than English.

Prize: $500.

Regularity: Annually.

Administration: The Bruno Nettl Prize Committee consists of a Chair and four other members appointed by the SEM President.

Application Process: Nominations, including self-nominations, may be made by submitting the publication to the Bruno Nettl Prize Committee through the SEM Business Office. Please send either as an email attachment or as 5 hard copies. Applicants may submit only one publication during an application cycle.

Application Deadline: April 1.

Send Application To: Chair, Bruno Nettl Prize Committee, c/o Business Office, Society for Ethnomusicology, 1165 E. 3rd St., Morrison Hall 005, Bloomington, IN 47405-3700. If possible, submit application material as email attachments to sem@indiana.edu.

 

Recipients

 

2013

Eliot Bates. "The Social Life of Musical Instruments.” Ethnomusicology 56(3): 363-395, 2012.

David Trippett. The Origins of Music. Oxford University Press, 2012.

2012

Koch, Lars-Christian and Susanne Ziegler. 1909–1936: Wax Cylinder Recordings from Palau, Micronesia (Vol. 6) and Wax Cylinder Recordings from Southeast Europe: G. Küppers-Sonnenberg 1935–1939 (Vol. 7). Phonogram Archive of the Berlin Ethnological Museum, 2011.

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