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Call for Papers: NECSEM 2018 Annual Meeting

Monday, November 13, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephanie Sturgis
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The Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology welcomes abstracts for their 2018 meeting, which will take place at Wellesley College, on Saturday, March 3rd. We welcome proposals for individual papers, panel sessions, workshops, and demonstrations. Please send your submission to Damascus Kafumbe (dkafumbe@middlebury.edu) by January 1st. Proposals and abstracts should be included in the text of the email and attached as a .pdf or .docx file. Please include your full name and institutional affiliation, if any, in the email. Students who wish to be considered for the graduate or undergraduate paper prizes should list the prize for which they are eligible. Please follow the instructions for submission below.

Individual Paper:

Papers will be given twenty minutes, with ten minutes allotted for questions and discussion afterwards. Paper abstracts (250 word maximum) should demonstrate a clear focus or statement of the problem, a coherent argument, knowledge of previous research, and a statement of the implications for ethnomusicology.

Organized Panel:

An organized panel session is 1.5 or 2 hours long. A 1.5-hour panel consists of three papers. A 2-hour panel consists of either four papers or three papers plus a discussant. Each presentation (a paper or a discussant’s formal response) is 20 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes of questions and general discussion. The Program Committee reserves the right to suggest the addition of a panelist when an independently submitted abstract appears to fit a panel. (Those interested in a more flexible format with more participants may want to consider proposing a roundtable.) A proposal for an organized panel should be submitted by the panel organizer. Include the panel abstract (describing the rationale for the panel as a whole) and abstracts for the individual papers.


Proposals for workshops and demonstrations of either 20-minute or 50-minute duration will also be considered. Include in your 250-word abstract estimated set-up time, and any pertinent logistical considerations, spatial or otherwise. 

Student presenters are reminded that NECSEM awards two student paper prizes:

The Lise Waxer Prize is an award for the outstanding undergraduate student paper presented at the annual chapter meeting. Lise Waxer was a Canadian-born ethnomusicologist. She conducted extensive research on salsa music and its Cuban roots and completed doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Waxer edited Situating Salsa: Global Markets and Local Meaning in Latin Popular Music, a collection of essays on salsa in global perspective. This award honors her memory as a distinguished teacher, scholar, musician, and colleague.

The James T. Koetting Prize is the Northeast Chapter's award for the outstanding graduate student paper presented at the annual chapter meeting. Jim Koetting (1939-1984) was a respected ethnomusicologist whose main area of research was African music. He was an Associate Professor at Brown University. This award honors his memory as a distinguished teacher, scholar, musician, and colleague.

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