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SEM 2015 Annual Meeting

Austin, Texas

December 3-6, 2015

The Society for Ethnomusicology archived the live video-streams of selected sessions from its 2015 Annual Meeting in Austin. These streams are provided as part of an effort to increase access, nationally and internationally, to the content of our meeting.

You will need Adobe Flash Player installed in your web browser to watch these streams. Depending on your web browser, you may need to click the Flash Play button twice to start the stream.

All of the archived videos can all be found in the SEM 2015 Annual Meeting Live Streaming Channel.

SEM gratefully acknowledges Indiana University Bloomington Collaboration Technologies for providing video-streaming services for our 2015 Annual Meeting.

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


Thursday, December 3

10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Roundtable: Black Music Matters:  Taking Stock-Archived Video

Chair: Stephanie Shonekan, University of Missouri

Stephanie Shonekan, University of Missouri

Fernando Orejuela, Indiana University

Fredara Hadley, Oberlin Conservatory

Denise Dalphond, Detroit Sound Conservancy

Langston Wilkins, Indiana University

Eileen M. Hayes, Towson University


Thursday afternoon-Archived Video


1:45 – 3:45 pm

Walking, Parading, and Footworking through the City: Urban Processional Music Practices and Embodied Histories

Chair: Marié Abe, Boston University

*Sponsored by the Dance, Movement and Gesture Section 

1:45 Highs and Lows: Footwork, Bass Rhythms, and Vertical City Space in the New Orleans Second Line
Rachel Carrico, Stanford University 

2:15 “Marched off, never to return again”: The Shanghai Municipal Brass Band and Cross/Jurisdictional Parading, 1930-1942
Yvonne Liao, King’s College London 

2:45 Walking as a Genealogical Performance on the Streets of Osaka, Japan
Marié Abe, Boston University

3:15 Discussant
Matt Sakakeeny, Tulane University


4:00 – 5:30 pm

Roundtable: Looking Back: Gendered Histories, Herstories and Theirstories of Ethnomusicology. Part 1 Foundational Female Voices in Ethnomusicology.

Chair: Sonia Seeman, University of Texas at Austin

*Sponsored by the Section on the Status of Women 

Charlotte Frisbie, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Charlotte Heth, University of California, Los Angeles

Hiromi Lorraine Sakata, University of California, Los Angeles

Ellen Koskoff, Eastman School of Music


Friday, December 4

Friday morning-Archived Video

8:30 – 10:30 am

Roundtable: Looking Back: Gendered Histories, Herstories and Theirstories of Ethnomusicology. Part 2: The Academy—Pedagogical Training and Teaching in Post-Multicultural World

Chair: Elizabeth Clendinning, Wake Forest University

*Sponsored by the Section on the Status of Women 

Elizabeth Tolbert, Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Gillian Rodger, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Philip Bohlman, University of Chicago

Barbara L. Hampton, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center

Bill Boyer, Dartmouth University

Elyse Marrero, Florida State University


10:45 am - 12:15 pm

President’s Roundtable—Indigenous Theory

Chair: Beverley Diamond, Memorial University of Newfoundland 

Dylan Robinson, Queen’s University, Canada

Dawn Ieriho:kwats Avery, Montgomery College

David Samuels, New York University

Holly Wissler, Independent Scholar

Jessica Bissett Perea, University of California, Davis


Friday Afternoon-Archived Video

1:45 – 3:45 pm

Public Policy Session

Chair: Gavin Lee, Soochow University School of Music

*Sponsored by the SEM Board 

Luis-Manuel Garcia, University of Groningen

Katie Graber, Ohio State University

Ian MacMillen, Oberlin College and Conservatory

Ali Colleen Neff, Virginia Tech

Matthew Sumera, University of Minnesota


4:00 – 5:30 pm

Roundtable: Social Media and Ethnomusicology: Research, Teaching, and Performing Careers

Chair: Patricia Vergara, University of Maryland

*Sponsored by the Student Union

Kristina Jacobsen-Bia, University of New Mexico

Wayne Marshall, Berklee College of Music

Meryl Krieger, Indiana University

Kiri Miller, Brown University

Eliot Bates, University of Birmingham


Saturday, December 5

Saturday Morning-Archived Video

8:30 – 10:30 am

Music in the Vortex of the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

Chair: Daniel Reed, Indiana University

*Co-Sponsored by the African Music Section and the Medical Ethnomusicology Special Interest Group

8:30 A ye dung sondomoo kono (“Let it enter the heart”): Kanyeleng Women Performers and Ebola Prevention in The Gambia
Bonnie McConnell, University of Washington

9:00 Singing Ebola: Music, Media and Cultural Messages in West Africa
Michael Rivera, Florida State University

9:30 Beyond Ebola: A Performance-Based Response to the Financial Impacts of Ebola on Musicians and Dancers in Guinea
James Morford, University of Washington

10:00 “Ebola in Town”: Music, Wailing, and Funerals during the Liberian Epidemic
Ruth Stone, Indiana University


10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Roundtable: Synthesizing Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives of Musical Experience and Affect/Emotion/Sentiment/Feeling 

Tony Perman, Grinnell College

Denise Gill, Washington University in St. Louis

Judith Becker, University of Michigan

Harris Berger, Texas A&M University


Saturday Afternoon-Archived Video

1:45 – 3:45 pm

General Membership Meeting


4:00 – 5:30 pm

Seeger Lecture

“Life on the Musical Edges” Philip J. Deloria, University of Michigan


Sunday, December 6

Sunday Morning-Archived Video

8:30 – 10:30 am

What Do “The People” Want?: Demystifying Popular(ism) in Contemporary Middle East and North African Popular Musics

Chair: David McDonald, Indiana University 

8:30 Performing Alterity: Race and Cultural Resistance in Transnational Syrian Popular Music
Shayna Silverstein, Northwestern University 

9:00 Auto-Tuned Belonging: Coptic Popular Song and the Politics of Neo-Pentecostal Pedagogies
Carolyn Ramzy, Carleton University

9:30 Children of the People: Invoking Cross-Class Solidarities in Moroccan Popular Fusions
Kendra Salois, American University

10:00 Discussant
Richard Jankowsky, Tufts University


10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Preservation Politics

Chair: Matthew Machin-Autenrieth, University of Cambridge

10:45The Complexities of Hating Sean-nós Singing in Carna, Ireland
Vanessa Thacker, University of Toronto 

11:15 “A Favorite African Tune”: Rowing Songs, Corn Songs, and Other Inland Sources of the “Sea” Chanty Genre
Gibb Schreffler, Pomona College 

11:45 Musical Cryonics: The Politics of Preservation in Iceland
Kimberly D. Cannady, Victoria University of Wellington 

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