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Charlotte Frisbie Student Paper Prize
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The Charlotte Frisbie Student Paper Prize recognizes the most distinguished student paper in ethnomusicology of Indigenous music research presented at the SEM annual meeting. The prize comes with a cash award of $100. All students giving papers on Indigenous topics at the SEM conference are encouraged to submit their papers, as presented (not revised), for consideration.

The prize is named for Dr. Charlotte J. Frisbie. A long time champion of Indigenous scholarship, her tireless efforts within the Society for Ethnomusicology and support of fellow researchers led to the development of the Indigenous Music Section. Charlotte is Professor of Anthropology Emerita at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, she graduated cum laude from Smith College with a music major in 1962, earned an MA in Ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University in 1964, and a PhD in Anthropology from University of New Mexico in 1970. A past president of SEM and co-founder of the Navajo Studies Conference, Inc. with the late David Brugge, she continues both anthropological and ethnomusicological research and writing. Some of her research interests include food sovereignty, Indigenous knowledge, ritual drama, historic preservation, gender studies, and SEM’s history.


2017, Ailsa Lipscombe

2016, Hannah Adamy

2015, Trevor Reed

2014, Leila Qashu

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