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Responses to Koskoff's volume. Left to right: Christine Yano, Suzanne Cusick, Elizabeth Tolbert, Elizabeth Keenan, Niyati Dhokai, Beverly Diamond.
Feminist Ethnomusicologists in rapt attention at the FEM@21 Roundtable: Gender Studies in Ethnomusicology Come of Age.



2008 Report:
FEM@21: Gender Studies In Ethnomusicology Come of Age. The SSW and GST co-sponsored a critical assessment of our disciplinary sub-field at the 53rd annual meeting of the Society, held at Wesleyan, October 25-28, 2008. The lively Roundtable discussion included remarks by contributors to Ellen Koskoff's Women and Music in Cross-Cultural Perspective in recognition of the 21st anniversary of this landmark volume. These presentations were followed by observations from respondents, scholars newer to the field, and current doctoral students. Sixty-five of us attended the FEM@21 Banquet held that weekend; keynote speakers included Barbara Hampton, Charlotte Frisbie, and Bruno Nettl. Featured speakers included Rachel DeVitt, Amy R. Corin, and Pirrka Moisala. Ellen Koskoff delivered closing remarks. Many thanks to the generous contributors whose donations made this significant event a reality.

2009 Report:

The Section on the Status of Women had another successful academic year, 2009-2010. Dr. Elizabeth Keenan, Visiting Assistant Professor at Fordham University, was elected co-chair (2009-12) at the meeting in Mexico City. Dr. Anna Schultz agreed to continue as Secretary and Dr. Sarah Morelli continues as webmaster. Elizabeth Keenan coordinated panels for the 2009 conference. At the Mexico City conference, Drs. Kara Attrep and Elizabeth Tolbert met with newer faculty and others looking for positions to discuss issues pertaining to gender and the job market in ethnomusicology. The recipient of the Wong-Tolbert prize was Tes Slominski, then, a doctoral student in ethnomusicology, but who has since graduated from the program at New York University. Slominski was recognized for the creativity and insights exhibited in "For Ireland I Won't Tell Her Name: Gendering Biography in Irish Traditional Music Studies." The SSW co-chairs supported the reconfiguration of the leadership structure of the Careers and Professional Development Committee. The SSW sponsored panel at the conference in Mexico City was complemented by a SSW/GST/LACSEM sponsored event: Parenting in the Field Roundtable, chaired by Susan Thomas. An eventful schedule of SSW activity was highlighted by the SSW/GST co-sponsored book reading by Latin Americanists Susan Thomas, Brenda Romero, Norma Cantu, and Olga Najera-Ramirez; professor Ellen Koskoff, chair.

--Eileen Hayes


 Boden Sandstrom cuts the FEM@21 celebration cake.

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