Survey on Decolonizing Ethnomusicology for the SEM Student News

Participate and lend your voice to the upcoming issue of SEM Student News, Vol. 12, No. 2, which focuses on decolonizing ethnomusicology, by filling out a survey for the “Student Voices” column. “Student Voices,” operating in conjunction with the SEM Student Union, provides a space for ethnomusicology students to voice their thoughts and concerns in relation to each issue’s topic. As such, your participation is invaluable and vital to this venture, and your opinions and ideas submitted through this survey will be brought together and represented in editorial form within the issue and put in dialogue with other contributions. There is still time remaining to take part in the discussion, but the survey is only open until end-of-day tomorrowSaturday, October 1, so please follow this link and spread word to your colleagues!

Nominate Now!

Today we’re featuring a call from the SEM Student Union, who are extending the deadline for SU officer nominations, Chair and Member-at-Large, in order to garner greater participation from the student body. The new deadline will be Friday, August 19, 2016. Please submit the name, institutional affiliation, and email address of your nominee to (subject line: SU Nominations 2016). Special note: if you are interested in participating in a leadership role within the SU, you can also self-nominate for these positions. A brief description of the leadership positions can be found below.

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Ethnomusicology and Parenthood

Since its inception, I have been an avid and enthusiastic reader of the “Parenthood and Ethnomusicology” blogs. A father of a three-year-old and a PhD Candidate, I have found great comfort and a sort of virtual camaraderie with the others in our field who, like me, are continually in the process of figuring out how to be both parents and ethnomusicologists.

Ben Dumbauld

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NEA 2016 National Heritage Fellowship recipients

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced the 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellowship recipients! This award is considered the highest honor for the folk and traditional arts in the United States. According to the NEA, this annual award has recognized 413 recipients of various art forms and traditions since 1982.


Photo borrowed from NEA website

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Professional Dress: The Suit-speriment

At the beginning of this year, I wrote about a little experiment my colleagues and I conducted regarding professional dress. To recap, many of the graduate students in the University of Maryland’s ethno/musicology division have teaching responsibilities, and we were noticing an increased discussion about what we wear while teaching classes and taking classes. The idea of business-casual attire had come up a number of times, and I wanted to know what would happen if we all dressed in such clothes for two weeks, although some kept the experiment going a bit longer.


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Dissertation Thoughts

I can’t stop freaking out about my dissertation, and I’m starting to enjoy that fact.

Some of you may have noticed that postings on our blog have been a little scant recently. We sincerely apologize for that and are continuing work on many awesome projects. The reality of the situation is, however, several of us have just finished thesis writing or are currently in the throes of dissertation writing, and for me at least, this has led to some strange occurrences in my life. I mentioned in a previous post how I had become convinced I needed to shunt health and sleep to the side in order to finish the dissertation. I have to admit that as much as writing that blog post did help me get some perspective on what I’m doing and why, I still have days where I feel like I’m not doing something right if I haven’t had at least one nervous breakdown. And that has led to another problem: I’m starting to enjoy this process.

Dissertation pile

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Two Years and Counting!

Liza, Ana, Jennie, Alice, and I are all very pleased to announce that the SEM SU Blog is now two years old! We’ve had a fantastic year and have many new awesome projects planned for 2016. Thank you all so much for your continued support! Thank you for letting us share our stories with you, and thank you most especially for sharing your stories with us!

Liza SEM 2015

Liza and friends at SEM 2015

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