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SEM 2014 Annual Meeting

Wydham Grand Pittsburgh

November 13-16, 2014

The Society for Ethnomusicology archived the live video-streams of selected sessions from its 2014 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh. These streams are provided as part of an effort to increase access, nationally and internationally, to the content of our meeting.

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SEM gratefully acknowledges Indiana University Bloomington Collaboration Technologies for providing video-streaming services for our 2014 Annual Meeting.

All of the archived videos can all be found in the SEM 2014 Annual Meeting Live Streaming Channel.

To read the paper and presentation abstracts, click here to view the booklet PDF.


Thursday, November 13

Thursday AM Sessions-Archived Video

8:30 – 10:30 AM

Musical Collaboration and Capital in Africa

Chair: Cherie R. Ndaliko, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

*Sponsored by the African Music Section

8:30 Cosmopolitan Virtuosity, Cultural Capital, and Representations of Africa in Béla Fleck’s Throw Down Your Heart
David VanderHamm, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

9:00 “What’s in It for Me?” Fieldwork, Ethnography, and Musical Collaboration in Senegal
Patricia Tang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

9:30 Art vs. Aid in the East of Congo
Cherie R. Ndaliko, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

10:00 Discussant
Eric Charry, Wesleyan University


10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Building (con)Texts, (in)Forming Performance: Producing Contemporary Mexican Son

Chair: Alex E. Chávez, University of Notre Dame

*Sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Music Section

10:45 Polyphonic Excess and the Mexican Valona: Xichú, Guanajuato, a Case Study
Alex E. Chávez, University of Notre Dame

11:15 Tracing the Emergence of Son Jarocho in California: 1940s-1950s
Alexandro Hernandez, University of California, Los Angeles

11:45 Florearla Tarima: A Space for Poetry, Music, and Dance Within Re-signified Son Jarocho Practices
Raquel Paraíso, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Thursday PM Sessions-Archived Video

1:45 – 3:45 pm

Critical Perspectives on Ethnomusicological Theory

Chair: Deborah Wong, University of California, Riverside

1:45 Knowledge and Power in Early Ethnomusicology
Katie J. Graber, Otterbein University

2:15 Voicing Senegalese Hip Hop: A Critique of Prescriptive Research Models
Catherine M. Appert, Cornell University

2:45 Using a Phylogenetic Approach in Ethnomusicology: What about the Evolution of Musical Gabonese Heritage?
Silvie S. Le Bomin, Evelyne Heyer, Guillaume Lecointre, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle

3:15 Phenomenology and Contemporary Ethnomusicology
Harris M. Berger, Texas A&M University


4:00 – 5:30 pm

Roundtable –Ethical Tight Spots: How Ethnography Can Survive Institutional Requirements, Maintain Morality, and Still Say Something Relevant

Chairs: Patricia Vergara, University of Maryland, and Jordan Newman, University of Cincinnati

*Sponsored by the Student Union Section and Music and Violence Special Interest Group

David McDonald, Indiana University Bloomington

Jonathan Ritter, University of California, Riverside

Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Bowdoin College

Carol Babiracki, Syracuse University

Louise Meintjes, Duke University

Jason McCoy, Dallas Baptist University

Friday, November 14

Friday AM Sessions-Archived Video

8:30 – 10:30 am

Sound Networks: Socio-Political Identity, Engagement, and Mobilization through Music in Cyberspace and Independent Media

Chair: Noriko Manabe, Princeton University

*Sponsored by the Popular Music Section and Special Interest Group for Sound Studies

8:30 Technological Factors Conditioning the Socio-Political Power of Music in Cyberspace
Michael Frishkopf, University of Alberta

9:00 Cyber-Mobilization, Informational Intimacy, and Musical Frames in Ukraine'sEuroMaidan Protests
Adriana Helbig, University of Pittsburgh

9:30 Countering Spirals of Silence: Protest Music and the Anonymity of Cyberspace in the Japanese Antinuclear Movement
Noriko Manabe, Princeton University

10:00 Living (and Dying) the Rock and Roll Dream: Alternative Media and the Politics of “Making It” as an Iranian Underground Musician
Farzaneh Hemmasi, University of Toronto


10:45 am - 12:15 pm

President’s Roundtable–Expressive Culture, Alternative Justice and Conflict Resolution

Chair: Beverley Diamond, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Samuel Araujo, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Jessica Schwartz, University of California, Los Angeles

Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza, Makerere University, Uganda

Barry Shank, The Ohio State University


Friday PM Sessions-Archived Video

 1:45 – 3:45 pm

Ethnomusicology and Public Policy: Intangible Cultural Heritage and Its Effects on and in the Field

Chair: Anne K. Rasmussen, The College of William and Mary

*Public Policy Session Organized by the SEM Board

Keynote Presenter:

Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, Smithsonian Institution

SEM Contributors:

Anthony Seeger, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, UCLA; Director Emeritus of the record label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and Research Associate of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution

Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco, Professor of Ethnomusicology, Director of the Instituto de Etnomusicologia–Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal; President, International Council for Traditional Music

Keith Howard, Professor, Department of Music and Centre of Korean Studies, SOAS, University of London; editor of Music as Intangible Cultural Heritage: Policy, Ideology and Practice in the Preservation of East Asian Traditions (2012)

Lisa Gilman, Professor, Department of English and Director, Folklore Program, University of Oregon; co-editor of a journal special issue “UNESCO on the Ground”


4:00 – 5:30 pm

Roundtable–Reflections on Two Classic Works on their Fiftieth Anniversary: Bruno Nettl’s Theory and Method in Ethnomusicology and Alan Merriam’s The Anthropology of Music

Chair: Tim Rice, University of California, Los Angeles

*Sponsored by the Local Arrangements Committee

Stephen Blum, CUNY Graduate Center

Ruth Stone, Indiana University Bloomington

Daniel Neuman, University of California, Los Angeles

Anthony Seeger, University of California, Los Angeles

Ellen Koskoff, Eastman School of Music

Mark Slobin, Wesleyan University

Bruno Nettl, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Saturday, November 15

Saturday AM Sessions-Archived Video

8:30 – 10:30 am

“Pirated” Indigeneity? Perspectives on a Discourse of Music Ownership, Use, and Entitlement

Chair: Nolan M. Warden, University of California, Los Angeles

*Sponsored by the Indigenous Music Section

8:30 “Returning” Recorded Music from Archives to Local Movements for Ainu Cultural Revival
Nate Renner, University of Toronto

9:00 All Our Music Comes from Outsiders: The Influence of New Ideas of Music Ownership on Suyá/Kïsêdjê Musical Life
Anthony Seeger, University of California, Los Angeles

9:30 A Counterfeit More Original than the Original, or, the Case of the Wixárika (Huichol) Grammy Nominee Who Pirated Himself
Nolan M. Warden, University of California, Los Angeles

10:00 “Pirating the Pachamama (Earth Mother)”: Mimesis, Remix and Distortion in the Bolivian Andes
Henry Stobart, Royal Holloway, University of London


10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Musical Instruments, Material Cultures, and Sound Ecologies

Chair: Lars Koch, Berlin Phonogram Archive, Ethnological Museum of Berlin / University of Cologne

10:45 Bulgarian Acoustemological Tales: Narrativity, Agrarian Ecology, and the Kaval’s Voice
Donna A. Buchanan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

11:15 Ukulele Materialities
Kati Szego, Memorial University of Newfoundland

11:45 Making Andean Music: Craftsmanship, Sound Ecology, and Social Life in a Peruvian Instrument Workshop
Joshua Tucker, Brown University


Saturday PM Sessions-Archived Video

1:45 – 3:45 pm

General Membership Meeting

4:00 – 5:30 pm

Seeger Lecture

Mark Slobin (Wesleyan University), “Improvising a Musical Metropolis: Detroit, 1940s-1960s.”


Sunday, November 16

Sunday AM Sessions-Archived Video

8:30 – 10:30 am

Innovators and Preservers of Tradition: Women in Asian Music

Chair: Christina Sunardi, University of Washington

*Sponsored by the Section on the Status of Women

8:30 Early Female Gamelan Buskers: Social Persona and Musical Style
Susan Walton, University of Michigan

9:00  Reciprocal Renegotiation: Gender-Integrated Balinese Gamelan
Elizabeth Clendinning, Wake Forest University

9:30 Keepers of Tradition: Women in South Korean Traditional Music
Ruth Mueller, Saint Louis University

10:00  Discussant
Christina Sunardi, University of Washington


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