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Historical Ethnomusicology Section Student Paper Prize
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The Historical Ethnomusicology Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology is pleased to offer the Student Paper Prize in Historical Ethnomusicology. This prize was created to recognize the best paper by a graduate or undergraduate student presented at the Society’s annual conference that bridges the disciplines of historical musicology and ethnomusicology in a creative and insightful way. Such papers should engage with music and culture in any historical period, but otherwise there are no restrictions as to subject matter or musical genre.

Purpose: To recognize the best student paper that engages with historical research in ethnomusicology, presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Prize: The Historical Ethnomusicology Section Student Paper Prize comes with a cash award of $200.

Eligibility: The prize is open to any person presenting a paper at the annual conference of the Society for Ethnomusicology who is a student at the time the paper is presented. This includes undergraduates, master’s students, Ph.D. students and candidates, but does not include postdocs, unless they are in another degree program at the time.

Administration: A prize committee consisting of the Section’s secretary/treasurer, the previous year’s prize winner, and one other Section member who may not be a current student, will review the submissions and select a winner to be announced at the following year’s conference.

Regularity: Annually, although the prize committee reserves the right to withhold the awarding of the prize if there are not a sufficient number or quality of entries.

Submission Process and Deadline for Submission: Send a copy of your paper in PDF format, and any supplemental materials (photos, maps, musical examples, etc.) to the chair of the Historical Ethnomusicology section, James Revell Carr, at revell.carr@uky.edu, no later than December 1st. Please do not send your presentation in Power Point, Prezi, Keynote or any other multimedia format.

Please direct any questions about the competition to Revell Carr at revell.carr@uky.edu.




Will Buckingham (University of Chicago). "Restructuring the Isleño Décima: Ballad Collecting and Historiography in Spanish Louisiana."


No prize awarded. 


Fritz Schenker (University of Wisconsin, Madison). "Filipino Seekers of Fortune: Jazz in the Transpacific 1920s." 

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