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Analysis of World Music Special Interest Group
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Mission Statement

The primary objective of the SEM Analysis of World Music Special Interest Group is to provide a unique interdisciplinary platform from which to explore the panoply of global music traditions, both past and present, that lie outside the purview of Western art music from the broadest possible array of theoretical, cultural, historical, and analytical perspectives. This group is allied with the organization Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM) whose resources and activities include an on-line scholarly journal and website (aawmjournal.com) that is devoted to the analytic studies of world music and a biennial conference (aawmconference.com).

Interest Group Organizers

Beth Szczepanski (Lewis and Clark College)
Panayotis Mavromatis (New York University), pm68@nyu.edu

Mailing List 

To join the group's mailing list and stay informed about upcoming activities, please send a request to pm68@nyu.edu.


In conjunction with AAWM, the group sponsors and plans invited presentations, discussion forums, performances, special topic sessions, as well as workshops to be conducted at the SEM annual meeting.

The Analysis of World Music Special Interest Group met on November 12th, 2016 at the SEM Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The meeting featured two short presentations, one by David Fossum, titled “Principles of Transmission and Collective Composition in Turkmen Dutar Performance” and one by Adem Merter Birson, titled “The Art of Makam: Analyzing Turkish Classical Music using Characteristic Melodies.” The presentations were followed by group discussion. 


This year the SIG is sponsoring a roundtable and workshop demonstration at the upcoming SEM Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. The roundtable, titled “The Global Jukebox: Science, Humanism and Cultural Equity”, will take place on Thursday, October 26 at 1:45-3:45 pm in Colorado Ballrooms I&J. It will be chaired by Anna Wood, and will feature panelists Gage Averill, Patricia Campbell, Mu Qian, Michael Tenzer, and Michael Frishkopf, with Victor Grauer as discussant. The roundtable will be followed by a workshop demonstration at 4:00-5:30 pm, titled “A Global Jukebox: Reaching Out to Many Audiences”. The workshop will be chaired by Jorge Arévalo Mateus, and will feature presenters Michael Flory, Karen Claman, and Kathleen Rivera. The SIG’s regular meeting will take place on Saturday, October 28th at 12:30 in Colorado Ballroom H. 


The next Analytical Approaches to World Music Conference will take place on June 26-29, 2018 in Thessaloniki, Greece. Please visit the conference web site for details.

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