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The Richard Waterman Junior Scholar Prize (PMSSEM)
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Purpose: The purpose is to recognize the best article by a junior scholar in the ethnomusicological study of popular music published within the previous year (in any publication).

Prize: A cash prize in an amount decided annually by the PMSSEM chair; the amount will not exceed $200.

Regularity: Annually. The prize may be withheld by the decision of the committee.

Eligibility: For the purposes of this award, junior scholar is defined as any scholar, regardless of employment status, who received his or her Ph.D. no more than seven years prior to the submission year. An applicant may send more than one article for consideration per year, and may send items for consideration each year. Award recipients are ineligible to compete for the award in subsequent years.

Administration: The selection committee shall be made up of three to four senior members of PMSSEM, with members chosen for the next year's competition by the section at its annual business meeting or by mail-in vote.The previous year’s winner will be invited to serve on the committee if he or she now qualifies as a senior member. For the purposes of this award, senior is defined as any scholar, regardless of employment status, who received his or her Ph.D. more than seven years prior to the submission deadline.

Application Process: Applicants should send a copy of his or her paper, in PDF format to pmssemwatermanprize@gmail.com by 12:00 PM (eastern time) on April 1st.




Benjamin R. Teitelbaum. "Saga's Sorrow: Femininities of Despair in the Music of Radical White Nationalism"    


Manabe, Noriko. "Music in Japanese Antinuclear Demonstrations: The Evolution of a Contentious Performance Model.” In The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 42, No. 3, October 21, 2013.


Andrew Eisenberg. 
"Hip-hop and Cultural Citizenship on Kenya’s Swahili Coast"


Gray, Ellen. 
"Fado's City." 
In Anthropology and Humanism, 36.2 (December 2011): 141-163.

Ritter, Jonathan. "Chocolate, Coconut, and Honey: Race, Music, and the Politics of Hybridity in the Ecuadorian Black Pacific." In Popular Music and Society, 35.5 (December 2011): 571-592.  


Sakakeeny, Matt. "'Under the Bridge': An Orientation to Soundscapes in New Orleans."


Miller, Kiri. "Schizophonic Performance: Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Virtual Virtuosity." Journal of the Society for American Music. 3(4):395-429, 2009.


(Co-recipient) Wallach, Jeremy. "Living the Punk Lifestyle in Jakarta."   

(Co-recipient) Novak, David. "2.5 x 6 Metres of Space: Japanese Music Coffeehouses and Experimental Practices of Listening."


Magdanz, Teresa. "'Sobre las olas': Cultural Synecdoche of the Past."

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