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Religion, Music, and Sound Section Student Paper Prize
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The Religion, Music, and Sound Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology offers an annual Student Paper Prize for papers concerning the ethnomusicology of religion (broadly defined) presented by a current student at the SEM annual meeting. 

Purpose: To recognize the best student paper at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology that engages with religion through the lens of ethnomusicological research presented.

Prize: The Religion, Music, and Sound Section Student Paper Prize comes with a cash award, generally of $200. At the discretion of the committee, a separate prize for Second Place may be awarded to a designated runner-up.

Eligibility: The prize is open to any person presenting a paper at the annual conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology who is a student at the time the paper is presented. This includes undergraduates, Master’s students, Ph.D. students and candidates, but does not include Post-docs, unless they are in another degree program at the time.

Administration: A prize committee consisting of the Section’s Secretary/Treasurer, the previous year’s prize winner, and one other Section member who may not be a current student, will review the submissions and select a winner to be announced at the following year’s conference.

Regularity: Annually, although the prize committee reserves the right to withhold the awarding of the prize if there are not a sufficient number or quality of entries.

Submission Process and Deadline for Submission: Send a copy of your paper in PDF format, and any supplemental materials (photos, maps, musical examples, etc.) to the chair of the Religion, Music, and Sound section, Basil Considine, at basilus@gmail.com, no later than October 10th. Supplementary materials exceeding 10 MB in size should be sent using a cloud storage service (e.g., Dropbox, One Drive, Google Drive)..

Please direct any questions about the competition to Basil Considine at basilus@gmail.com.



Tamara Turner. "Musical (Re-)Configurations of Social 'Warmth:' Sensing, Suffering, and Trance in an Algerian Sufi Community." Kings College-London.

Runner-up: Philip J. Murphy, Jr. "Birds Who Sing in Many Trees: Artistry and Authority of Sufi Singers in Fez, Morocco", University of California–Santa Barbara.


Inderjit Kaur. "Ethical Sensations: Affective Attunements in Sikh Shabad Kirtan." University of California–Berkeley. 

Runner-Up: Steven Terpenning. "Choral Singing and National Unity in the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation." University of Colorado–Boulder.


Peter McMurray. "Tasting the Names of God: Gender, Timbre and Sufi Bodies." Harvard University.

Runner-Up: Nicole Reisnour. "Literary Performance and Religious Modernization in Bali." Cornell University.


Christine Thu Nhi Dang."Vocal Redemption: Multilingual Harmonies of the Senegalese Catholic Church." University of Pennsylvania.

Runner-Up: Alisha Lola Jones. "Gendered Sound and Black Vocal Performance in Contemporary Gospel." University of Chicago.


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