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Michael Largey is Professor of Music at Michigan State University, where he has worked since 1993. He received an A.B. in History and Music from Bowdoin College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Folklore and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University, Bloomington. Largey is the author of Vodou Nation: Haitian Art Music and Cultural Nationalism (University of Chicago, 2006), which was a co-winner of the SEM Alan Merriam Prize for the most distinguished book in the field of ethnomusicology in 2007. His most recent book is Haitians in Michigan (Michigan State University, 2010). Largey is also co-author with Peter Manuel and Kenneth Bilby of the revised edition of Caribbean Currents: Caribbean Music from Rumba to Reggae (Temple University, 2006). The first edition of Caribbean Currents received the Gordon K. Lewis Award for Caribbean Scholarship from the Caribbean Studies Association and was a 1996 Choice Outstanding Academic Book. He has served SEM in several capacities, including as SEM Program Chair for the Annual Meeting in 2001, and as a member of the SEM Program Committee in 1998, 1999, and 2000. Largey has also served as President of the Midwest Chapter of SEM in 1999, when he organized a co-sponsored conference with the Michigan State University American Studies Graduate Student Organization titled "Disruptive Disciplines.” He has recently served a term on SEM Council (2011-14) and as a member of a sub-committee for the SEM Mentoring Committee.

Sarah Weiss is Associate Professor and Rector of Saga Residential College at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Issues of postcoloniality, hybridity, gender, aesthetics, and sustainability resound through her writing and teaching. She has examined the international presentation and reception of Sulawesi’s epic in I La Galigo by Robert Wilson and Rahayu Supanggah and Sanggar Çudamani’s Odalan Bali. She has also interrogated the role of listener expectation on the reception of world musics (Ethnomusicology, 2014). New work concerns constructions of Indonesian national identity through music in a 1930s nationalist novel by Armijn Pane, a nascent corpus study of Javanese pathet, and a study of Singaporean ethnicities and the politics of performance. Her books include Listening to an Earlier Java: Aesthetics, Gender, and the Music of Wayang in Central Java (KITLV, 2006) and a second book, currently in process, entitled: Ritual Soundings: Women Performers and World Religions. Weiss served on the SEM Program Committee in 2007; she has served as local arrangements co-chair with Michael Veal for a Northeast Chapter meeting at Yale (2009); she has served on the SEM Council (2008-2011); and as the Chair of the Board Nominating Committee in 2013.

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