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Call for Proposals: SEM-SEC 2019 (Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC)

Posted By Jonathan T. King, Thursday, October 18, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, December 5, 2018


Call for Proposals: SEM-SEC Annual Meeting 2019: “Ethnomusicology in Historical Perspective”




The Society for Ethnomusicology, Southeast and Caribbean Chapter (SEM-SEC), is pleased to announce the call for proposals for its 2019 annual meeting, to be held at Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem NC, from Thursday, March 28 through Saturday, March 30, 2019. This meeting will be held in tandem with the Silk Roads Symposium 2019.  Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Margaret Sarkissian (Smith College), who will be discussing her new book (with Dr. Ted Solis):  Living Ethnomusicology: Paths and Practices.


The Program Committee welcomes proposals from scholars working in a wide range of fields including ethnomusicology, musicology, music education, music theory, dance, art history, political science, anthropology, sociology, area studies, media studies, folklore, performance studies, southern studies, Caribbean studies, and popular culture.


Additionally, proposals will be given special consideration if they: 


  • demonstrate conceptual overlap with the Silk Roads Symposium.
  • consider disciplinary practice, including fieldwork methodologies, ethical collaboration, historical perspective, or “living ethnomusicology”, as in Dr. Sarkissian and Dr. Solis’s new book.
  • present original research on local and regional music cultures.


Proposals from graduate and undergraduate students are particularly encouraged.  These presenters may wish to consider submitting their work for consideration for the Dale A. Olsen Prize (see below).




Email all proposals as an MS Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF (.pdf) document attachment to

Jonathan Tobias King (program chair) at ethnotoby@gmail.com, with ‘SEM-SEC WFU ABSTRACT’ in the subject heading, by Saturday, December 8, 2018, 8PM EST. 


Proposed submissions should indicate one of the following formats:


  • individual scholarly papers (20-minute presentation, 10-minute discussion)
  • organized panels of 3 or 4 papers, or 3 papers and a discussant
  • forum/roundtable-format discussions linked to conference themes
  • other creative presentations or workshops involving performance, scholarship, and discussion


For individual paper presentations, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words indicating a central argument, research methodology, and conclusions. Abstracts that exceed the word limit will not be considered.


Each member of an organized panel must submit an individual paper proposal (see above guidelines), and the panel chair/ organizer must submit a panel abstract of no more than 250 words. 


Organizers of forum/roundtables should submit an abstract of no more than 250 words detailing the central theme, purpose, and scope of the forum, with a preliminary list of participants. The suggested forum format is 90-minutes, with four to six panelists including a discussant; other options will be considered. 


Proposals for workshops and demonstrations of either 20-minute or 50-minute duration will also be considered. Include in your 250-word abstract estimated set-up time, and any pertinent logistical considerations, spatial or otherwise.



Please include the following with all proposals:


  • Name
  • Presentation title
  • Institutional affiliation 
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • Phone number


Participants will be notified of proposal acceptances by January 8, 2018.





Graduate and undergraduate students interested in submitting their presentations for consideration for the Dale A. Olsen Prize for the best student paper presented at SEM-SEC should submit papers (including AV examples) to the SEM-SEC Secretary/Treasurer/ Program Chair/DAO Prize Chair electronically within seven (7) days after the final day of the annual meeting


Contact information should appear clearly within the e-mail, including:

  • name
  • institutional affiliation
  • email address
  • phone number


For additional instructions see https://tinyurl.com/SEMSECDaleOlsenPrize

Tags:  CFP  conference  meeting  Proposals  Sarkissian  SEM  SEM-SEC  WFU  Winston-Salem 

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