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Midwest SEM Chapter Conference (MIDSEM), March 24-26, Oberlin College

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March 24-26, 2017

Oberlin College — Oberlin, OH

For more info, see: MIDSEM Website ,  MIDSEM Facebook Group

Friday, March 24

4:00  Registration opens


    Session 1: “Contemporary Popular Music and Social Change”  

        - “We Aren’t Goats!: Eurovision, Transnational Border Politics, and Renegotiating a National Identity in Post-Soviet Ukraine,” Melissa Bialecki (Bowling Green State University)

        - “Disability in Environmental Spaces: Noise Pollution and Non-Normative Hearing,” Kelly Gervin (Bowling Green State University)

        - “‘Art is Not a Crime’: the Raiz Up and Political Community Building Through Music and Art,” Andy Normann (Bowling Green State University)

    Talempong Workshop: practical workshop in learning to play talempong, a West Sumatran ensemble of gongs and drums (Jennifer Fraser and students)

6:30–7:00  informal opening reception

7:00  dinner on your own

Saturday, March 25

8:30  Registration & Coffee


   Session 2A: “Music in Religious and Cultural Life: Analyzing Performance and Structure”

        - “Musical Performance and Ethnic Politics in the Mennonite Church circa 1970,” Austin McCabe Juhnke (Ohio State University)

        - “Orthodox Education: Sustaining Serbian Music in Contemporary Prizren,” Alla Generalow (Independent Scholar)

        - “Melodic Structures and Modal Development in Morocco’s Malḥūn Sung Poetry,” Christopher Witulski (Bowling Green State University)


    Session 2B: “Activism and Public Ethnomusicology”

        - “Issues of Power and Difference in the Folk Revival: The Oberlin College Folksmiths’ Interpretive Choices,” Samantha Poyer (Beloit College)

        - “27 Months: An Activist Ethnological Narrative of Time Served in a Federal Correctional Facility,” Kelly Bosworth (Indiana University)

        - “The Capital of Carnival: Advocating for Alibabá and the Implications for Cultural Policy in Santo Domingo,” Jessica C. Hajek (University of Illinois)

10:15–10:30  Coffee Break


    Session 3: “Festivals and Community Gatherings”

        - “The Powwow Online,” Ann Morrison Spinney (Independent Scholar)

        - “The Little Festival That Could: The Spirit of Tengri Reaches Out to the World,” Megan Rancier (Bowling Green State University)

        - “Calling the Ancestors to Dance: Musical Style, Embodiment, and Community in abakuá Folklore of Cuba,” Elizabeth K. Batiuk (Illinois State University)


    Workshop & Tour:

        - Workshop: "YAHOO—Yet Another Hornbostel Organology Oevre: A hands-on primer on the Knight-Revision of Hornbostel-Sachs,” Roderic Knight (Oberlin College)

        - Tour: "Tamburas of Eurasia: Tracing a Musical Instrument Family from India to the Czech Republic,” Ian MacMillen (Oberlin College)

   - Lunch on your own
   - Student Concerns lunch: all graduates and undergraduates welcome


    Session 4: “National and Ethnic Diplomacy”

        - “A Discussion of Anywaa Popular Song ‘Cii Mari’: Managing Marginalization in Gambella, Ethiopia,” Sarah Bishop (Ohio State University)

        - “‘How the Arab Summit Up’: Reflections on Xenophobia and White Privilege in American Society through Arab-American Hip Hop,” Aliah Ajamoughli (Indiana University)
        - “Singing Against Communism: The Korean Children’s Choir and South Korea’s Musical Diplomacy Toward the United States,” Hye-jung Park (Ohio State University)

    Roundtable: “Community-Engaged Projects: From Pedagogy to Practice,” Jennifer Fraser, Jody Kerchner, Kathryn Metz, Zola Barnes, Catherine Lytle

3:15–3:45  Business Meeting

3:45–4:00  Coffee Break

4:00–5:30  Keynote Lecture: "Ways of Hearing: Decolonizing the Ethnomusicological Archive,” Aaron A. Fox (Columbia University)

5:30–7:00  Reception with music by Chamba Music, Bossa Nova

Sunday, March 26

9:00–11:00  Workshop: “Engaged Pedagogy: Applying to and Working at Liberal Arts Colleges”

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