The Executive Committee of the Student Union of the Society for Ethnomusicology would like to express its strong support for ongoing unionization drives by graduate workers across the United States. Graduate students at many public universities continue to enjoy the benefits of union representation and the recent NLRB reversal of the 2004 Brown decision paves the way for those at private institutions to unite and have the benefits and protections of collective bargaining rights. We believe that the statuses of ‘student’ and ‘worker’ are not mutually exclusive, and so we call on university administrations to allow those organizing to decide the issue of unionization for themselves in a fair and expedient manner.
Student Union of the Society for Ethnomusicology
Jeremy Reed, Chair
Indiana University, Bloomington
Ana-María Alarcón-Jiménez, Vice-Chair
Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)
Liza Munk, Secretary/Treasurer
University of California, Santa Barbara
Juan Carlos Meléndez-Torres, Member at Large
About a year ago, Greek teacher and musician Athena Katsanevaki responded to a call we sent through the ICTM email list, as we were looking for ethnomusicology student groups all arround the world. Dr. Katsanevaki told us that she, together with her students, and some residents from Vertiskos (Thessaloniki, Greece) had recently concluded a research project, and that they wanted to share it in our blog.
The post that you are reading now has been taken shape for a while. This is a rich and in depth post with written, audovisual, and sonic components. The publication starts with an introduction written by Dr. Katsanevaki, followed by participant students’s texts (in both Greek and English languages) on their exeriences as part of the Vertiskos Project. The videos and sound files are all embedded at the end of the post. Dr. Katsanevaki has also written a text to contextualize the music, the place, and, all in all, the Vertiskos Project. This text, which includes a map, can be found twice throughout the post (at the end of the introduction and at the right side of the videos) in a purple button entitled “The Vertiskos Project in Context“. In this way, the reader can choose when to access the material presented in this section. We encourage you to read, listen, watch, and send them your feedback.
The SEM conference is almost here! Hopefully you remembered to register, found a hotel roommate to save you some green, and have already read the program book cover to cover out of excitement for this mid-semester vacation.
Since we all have to make up our minds about what events we plan to attend while in DC at the SEM conference, Jennie and Heather are here to make it easier for you! We’ve listed below a few events/meetings/panels we plan to attend as well as updates on a few events that have been sold out. We encourage you to go through the program and take advantage of as many opportunities as you can! More details on specific performances can be found here.
**Quick update: Thank you to those who have suggested more great things for us to see and participate in during SEM. We’ve added these suggestions (in purple).**
I am currently on a very short vacation at home, and, certainly I’m not the only one who feels this way, but it is tough to budget two weeks worth of time with friends and family before turning around and starting back again at school.
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.
The SU blog is very excited to announce some new projects and directions we are taking. On the initiative of Ana-María Alarcón-Jiménez, our blog is now on SoundCloud and YouTube!
The SEM Student Newsletter is days away from the publication of Volume 12! In the meantime, will you help them decide the subject of Volume 13? Participate in this incredibly short (one question) survey to help choose the topic(s) the Student Newsletter will tackle next.
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.