The Section on the Status of Women (SSW) of the Society for Ethnomusicology invites submissions for the 2015 Wong Tolbert Student Paper Prize. The purpose of the Wong Tolbert Prize is to recognize the most distinguished student paper presented at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology in Austin, Texis (Dec. 3-6) on women and music that demonstrates a deep engagement with social theory, including but not limited to feminist, queer, and/or gender theories. Applications should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be accepted until December 20, 2015. Please see details below and direct any questions to the outgoing prize committee chair, Denise Elif Gill (email@example.com).
Purpose: To recognize the most distinguished student paper on women and music that demonstrates a deep engagement with social theory, including but not limited to feminist, queer, and/or gender theories, presented at the SEM Annual Meeting.
Eligibility: Any student who presents, in person, a formal paper related to women and music that demonstrates a deep engagement with social theory, including but not limited to feminist, queer, and/or gender theories at the SEM Annual Meeting. A student shall be defined as a person pursuing an active course of studies in a degree program. This will include persons who are engaged in writing the doctoral dissertation but not those who are teaching full-time while doing so. Please note: The Wong Tolbert Student Paper Prize is separate from other prize competitions. Papers submitted for other prizes (such as the Seeger Prize) are also eligible for the Wong Tolbert Student Paper Prize.
Prize: A cash prize in an amount decided annually by the SSWSEM chair(s); the amount will not exceed $100.
Regularity: Annually. The prize may be withheld by the decision of the Wong Tolbert Prize Committee.
Application Process: To apply for the Wong Tolbert Student Paper Prize, please email the paper you presented at the SEM Annual Meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org. The paper deposited is to be the version that was read at the conference and may not exceed twelve double-spaced pages (roughly 3,900 words). Candidates should include a cover page on their papers with the following information: name, address, email, institution and academic status. Candidates are encouraged to additionally submit electronic copies of audio or visual examples that were used in the presentation.
Application Deadline: December 20, 2015. Please email applications and any additional attachments to email@example.com by the deadline.
The recipient of the 2014 Wong Tolbert Prize will be announced at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology in Washington D.C.
Elizabeth Rosner: “‘Exciser c’est pas bon!”: Pop Stars and NGOs Voicing the Female Genital Cutting Debate”
Kyle DeCoste: “Street Queens: Gender Performance in New Orleans Brass Bands” (honorable mention)
Andre Elias: “Vande Mataram! Constructions of Music and Gender in Indian Nationalism”
Prize not awarded.
Emily McManus: “Listening to a Body and a Sound: Female Leading and Same-Sex Tango in the United States.”
Sidra Lawrence: “Sounds of Development?: Race, Authenticity, and Tradition among Dagara Female Musicians.”
Denise Gill: “‘Feminine’ Melancholy, Loss, and the Spiritual Labors of Turkish Classical Women Musicians” (honorable mention)
Tes Slominski: “For Ireland I Would Tell Her Name: Gendering Biography in Irish Traditional Music Studies.”
Elizabeth Keenan: “'I don't see what the war has to do with feminism': Third Wave Feminism, the War on Terror, and the Politics of the American Middle Class.”
Sonja Downing: “Embodied Learning of Music and Gender in Balinese Children's Gamelans.”