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The Gender and Sexualities Taskforce
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The Gender and Sexualities Taskforce is an SEM Section devoted to encouraging the study of music, gender, and sexuality, and to exploring issues of gender and sexuality as they impact the professional lives of ethnomusicologists.

Facebook page: Gender/Sexuality/Music: A Forum for Scholars, Performers, Educators, and Composers http://www.facebook.com/groups/226038974190528/ 

We hope the forum provides opportunity for discussion connecting members of different music societies, different generations, different geographies, and all substance of difference in music scholarship and practice. Through this forum, we wish to increase the presence and stature of gender/sexuality/lgbtq/feminist scholarship within our respective music societies. 


Gavin S.K. Lee (2014-2016)
Assistant Professor 
Soochow University School of Music, China


Sarah Hankins (2015-2017)


The Gender and Sexualities Taskforce is an official section of the Society for Ethnomusicology. We encourage music scholars - particularly those who care about the broad range of issues falling under the rubric of ethnomusicology - to incorporate the study of music and sexualities into their research, writing, and teaching. Our aim is to sponsor regular forums on music and sexualities at annual meetings of SEM. We welcome the participation of scholars conducting research in music and sexualities cross-culturally as well as within their own societies. Our goals include promoting communication and diversity within the Society for Ethnomusicology with special regard to the concerns of scholars, students, and public sector advocates identifying variously as, but not limited to: lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirited, homosexual, and transgendered. We are concerned about widely diverse issues, including increased life chances and professional advancement, for members of these constituencies across lines of nation, religion, gender, race, class, and ethnicity. Our goal is to serve as a springboard for activism and as a harbinger of hope for scholars throughout the world as we address issues of sensitivity at our various places of work and learning. Taskforce membership is open to all SEM members.

Membership is open to all SEM members. The Section meets each year at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology.


Section Prize
Contact: Sarah Hankins
Email: HerndonAward2015@gmail.com
Website: http://gstsem.pbwiki.com/Marcia-Herndon-Award

Fieldwork Mentoring Program
Sponsored by SSW/GST


Gender and Sexuality Bibliographies: http://gstsem.pbwiki.com/Bibliographies

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Announcements of Interest

Marcia Herndon Award

Deadline for Nominations: April 1.

The Gender and Sexualities Taskforce Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology is pleased to announce the annual Marcia Herndon Award. The award has been created to honor exceptional ethnomusicological work in gender and sexuality including, but not limited to, works that focus upon lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirited, homosexual, transgendered and multiple gender issues and communities. The winning submission will exemplify the highest qualities of originality, interpretation, theory, and communication.

The certificate and award of $150 will be conferred at the annual meeting of the GST and announced at the annual meeting of the Society. The committee will entertain nominations from any individual, and scholars are encouraged to nominate their own work.

Website: http://gstsem.pbwiki.com/Marcia-Herndon-Award


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