Purpose: To recognize an outstanding
publication contributing to or dealing with the history of the field of
ethnomusicology, broadly defined, or with 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.
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
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 completing our new online application form. PDF files can be submitted through the online form. If submitting hard copies please mail 5 hard copies to the SEM business office.
may submit only one publication during an application cycle.
Application Deadline: April 1.
Submit an Online Application and if submitting hard copies, send 5 to:
Society for Ethnomusicology
Att: Nettl Prize
800 E. 3rd St
Bloomington, IN 47405
For questions regarding the submission process, please contact Marysol Quevedo, SEM Program Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Henry Spiller. Javaphilia: American Love Affairs with Javanese Music and Dance (Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2015).
(Honorable Mention) Michael Iyanaga. "On Flogging the Dead Horse, Again: Historicity, Genealogy, and Objectivity in Richard Waterman's Approach to Music." Ethnomusicology 59, no. 2 (2015): 173-201.
Philip V. Bohlman, ed. The Cambridge History of World Music. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
(Honorable Mention) Hettie Malcomson. "Aficionados, Academics, and Danzón Expertise: Exploring Hierarchies in Popular Music Knowledge Production." Ethnomusicology 58(2), 222-253.
Anna Maria Busse Berger. "Spreading
the Gospel of Singbewegung:
Missionary in Tanganyika of the 1930s.”
Journal of the American Musicological Society. 66(2): 475–522. 2013.
David Murray. Longing for the Past: The 78rpm Era in Southeast
Asia. Dust-to-Digital, 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.
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.