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CFP SEM 2017 Sections and SIGs

Thursday, January 12, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Below is a list of the various calls for papers for organized and sponsored panels from SEM SIGs and Sections. More SIG and Section CFPs for SEM 2017 will be added as they are announced.


The Medical Ethnomusicology Special Interest Group invites submissions of proposals for consideration for SIG sponsorship for SEM 2017 (October 26-29, Denver). We welcome submissions of proposals for panels or roundtables, as well as individual paper abstracts which may be grouped together into panels. We encourage proposals on topics relating to music, medicine, health, healing, wellness, and related themes. 

Please send your proposals for panels, roundtables, or individual abstracts to Bonnie McConnell by January 31, 2017 (bonnie.mcconnell@anu.edu.au).  

Please note that sponsorship by the Medical Ethnomusicology SIG does not guarantee acceptance by the SEM Program Committee. 


The Section on the Status of Women (SSW) is looking to sponsor panels at the 2017 meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, held in Denver from October 26-29, 2017. We are also happy to facilitate the coordination of panels pertaining to the interests of the section. Our section desires proposals that engage topics concerned with women and music, feminist, queer, and/or gender theory, gender, sexuality, and music more broadly, and the intersections of these issues with others.

Please send ideas for panels or individual papers, with the subject heading "SSW Proposal," to Lillie Gordon (lilliesgordon@gmail.com) by Friday, February 3rd. Please include drafts of abstracts. If you are interested in having your paper placed on a panel, please also include a few areas in which your paper might align with others.

Please note that section sponsorship does not guarantee acceptance by the SEM program committee.


The Music and Violence Special Interest Group will sponsor one or more panels at the 2017 meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology. The conference will take place in Denver, CO from October 26-29, 2017.

Whether you have a complete panel that addresses issues of music and violence, or are seeking co-panelists, please send your title and abstract to SIG co-chair Mili Leitner (mleitner@uchicago.edu) by February 1st. Please note that panel sponsorship does not affect the conference selection committee’s decisions, but it does help to alert your fellow SIG members to your paper’s presence at the conference.


The Applied Ethnomusicology (AE) Section would be pleased to sponsor proposals for organized sessions (panels, roundtables, etc.) related to applied ethnomusicology at the 2017 SEM conference, to be held October 26-29, 2017 in Denver, Colorado, USA.

If you are proposing a session and would like AE Section sponsorship, send your proposal to all the co-chairs (please see our email addresses below) no later than Feb. 8, 2017, which is a week before the SEM submission deadline. Your proposal should contain the abstract and title for the session, the names of the presenters, and the abstracts for the individual presentations. The co-chairs will let you know as soon as possible whether the AE Section can sponsor. Organizers indicate AE Section sponsorship when submitting the proposal to SEM.

Individuals wishing to find others to join them in organized sessions related to applied ethnomusicology should use the normal channels, such as SEM-L, and the Applied Ethnomusicology listserve (a Yahoo Group).

Please note that the AE Section also sponsors grants, in amounts up to $500, to help defray travel to the SEM conference. Preference is given to presenters on AE Section sponsored sessions. Grantees must be members of the AE Section, but it is not required for Section sponsorship that all presenters be AE Section members. Information about how to apply for these grants will be announced after the conference program has been determined.

If you’re proposing an organized session and you’d like AE Section sponsorship, please send the proposals to us at these addresses by Feb. 8.

Michael Bakan, michaelbakan@gmail.com

Erica Haskell, ehaskell@newhaven.edu

Jeff Todd Titon, jeff_titon@brown.edu


The Latin American and Caribbean Music Section (LACSEM) is seeking panel and paper proposals to sponsor for the SEM 2017 conference program. We are interested in both organized panels and can help serve as a resource for individual paper proposals that seek to be grouped into panels.

The deadline for submissions to SEM is February 15. To be considered for sponsorship by LACSEM, please send organized panel proposals (complete with the paper abstracts and panel abstract) to Natalia Bieletto (nbieletto@gmail.com) by February 6.

Those with individual paper proposals who are interested in forming a panel with other Latin Americanists/Caribbeanists may also send their abstract to Natalia so that she can suggest possible panel groupings.

Please note that section sponsorship does not guarantee acceptance to the SEM conference program, and that the SEM Program Committee does not give preference to sponsored sessions.


The Celtic Music Special Interest Group is soliciting proposals for papers and panels for consideration for SIG sponsorship for the 2017 meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, held in Denver, Colorado from October 26-29, 2017. Proposals may address any music that might be considered Celtic as well as various ways of understanding said musics.

Please send your paper and panel proposals with the subject heading "CELTIC-SIG Proposal" to Julia Topper (jtopper6@gmail.com) by February 8, 2017. If you are interested in participating in a panel but don't have one arranged yourself, please include a note in the email about what sorts of connections your paper might make with others and ideas you have about panel topics. 

Please note that SIG sponsorship does not guarantee acceptance by the SEM Program committee. 


The Economic Ethnomusicology SIG invites proposals for sponsored panels and roundtables for the 2017 SEM conference.

If you would like to propose a panel or roundtable, please send your proposal to Timothy Taylor tdtaylor@ucla.edu and McGraw, Andy amcgraw@richmond.edu (I am on the 2017 programme committee so please don’t send it to me!).

Sponsorship by a SIG or Section does not alter the chances of success of a panel or roundtable in the selection process. However, it will advertise the link in the programme and facilitate networking of scholars in the particular area of interest.  


The SEM Section for Dance, Movement, and Gesture invites proposals for sponsorship of panels at the Society for Ethnomusicology's 62nd Annual Meeting, to be held October 26-29, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. We seek to sponsor papers that examine the interrelations of music, dance, movement, and gesture. We may accept both organized panels and individual papers that can be grouped into organized panels, and we also invite proposals with sponsorship from other SEM sections and interest groups.

Please note that DMG sponsorship does not guarantee acceptance to SEM, and the SEM Program Committee does not give preference to sponsored sessions. 

Those interested should email abstracts to DMG panel coordinator Shayna Silverstein (
shayna.silverstein@northwestern.edu) by Monday, January 30, 2017.


The Society for Arab Music Research (SAMR) is seeking to sponsor one or more panels at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, to be held October 26-29, 2017, in Denver, Colorado.  This special interest group supports papers or panels that engage with topics relevant to the study of Arab music, defined broadly.

Proposals for organized panels or individual papers that can be grouped into organized panels are welcome.

Those interested should email titles and abstracts to SAMR President, David McDonald (davmcdon@indiana.edu) by Monday January 30, 2017.


The Indigenous Music Section invites panel proposals for possible section sponsorship for the 2017 Society for Ethnomusicology conference. Conference Details follow.

The Section also invites individual abstract proposals. Selected proposals will be grouped into panels according to theme. Possible themes include, and are not limited to:

Gender, queer theory, and/or feminisms

Health and healing

Recording collaborations with Indigenous artists

Indigenous youth engaged projects

Re-engaging archives


DAPL and Standing Rock

While section sponsorship does not guarantee acceptance in the SEM program, sponsorship can help connect scholars with similar interests in Indigenous music and dance.

Please submit abstracts for individual presentations or pre-constituted panels by Wednesday, January 25th to Liz Przybylski at liz.przybylski@ucr.edu with the subject heading “SEM 2017 Indigenous Music Section.”

The Society for Ethnomusicology will hold its 62nd Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado from October 26-29, 2017. For the Call for Proposals, abstract requirements, and preliminary meeting information, please visit the SEM website at www.ethnomusicology.org and select “Conferences” / “Current.” 




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