SU Blog Nomination

Greetings!

My name is Jeremy Reed and I am presently serving as the Chair of the Student Union of the Society for Ethnomusicology. I am writing to you, the student populous of SEM, on behalf of the Student Union to present a call for nominations (including self-nominations) for the position of Blog Editor.

The Student Union Blog (https://semstudentunion.wordpress.com/) is a fantastic forum for publishing student ideas and opinions in an easily accessible and year-round format. Beyond social media sites, the Student Union blog not only gives SEM members and ethnomusicologically-minded individuals a glimpse into Student Union activities, but also showcases ethnomusicology student ideas and conversations. Recent content series on the blog include: “Ethnomusicology and Parenthood”, “Snapshots from Fieldwork”, “In Discipline” [Ethnomusicology student-life around the globe]

We also plan on using the blog as a platform for a larger SEM Student Union project on fieldwork challenges and ethics.

This position is a great chance for those interested in editing/publishing. It also offers a fantastic opportunity for students to become involved in the Student Union and, by extension, the SEM at large. The responsibilities for the position are as follows:

Responsibilities of SU Blog Editor

·      Be proactive and self-directed

·      Recruit staff writers (on-going) and oversee deadlines

·      Work with writers to plan new series and contact potential contributors

·      Edit incoming posts

·      Organize blog schedule

·      Announce new blog posts on relevant social media pages

·      Delegate tasks to other blog members

o   Editing

o   Posting

o   Announcements

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please submit the name, institutional affiliation, and email address of your nominee to studentunionnominations.sem@gmail.com
Thanks!

Jeremy Reed

PhD Student, Ethnomusicology
Chair, Society for Ethnomusicology Student Union

Indiana University – Bloomington

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Thanks for everything!

This is my last post for this blog. Posting here has been an important source of hope for me. Being at times isolated from an ethnomusicological community in small towns in Spain where the discipline does not exist, writing for the blog made me feel connected. It pushed me to get in touch with colleagues here in Europe and to talk to them to propose them to collaborate with some of our projects. Although right now, as my period as collaborator of the SEM SU blog has finished, I am not sure whether or not the blog is the appropriate outlet to engage in conversation with, and to encourage dialogue among ethnomusicology students, I am definitely certain that writing for it does help feel the power of the discipline’s net. And I am not saying “net” meaning a trap where things get stuck to be fed to a giant spider, but as a safety net where we, ethnomusicology students and actual circus acrobats willingly walking through the abyss of future unstable employment, bounce into to get back walking the Ethnomusicology path. So, if you are a student and you do not find time to read the blog, or you find it to be an old fashion media, I encourage you to at least write for it, and get this wonderful net going.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Greetings!

My name is Jeremy Reed and I am presently serving as the Chair of the Student Union of the Society for Ethnomusicology. I am writing to you, the student populous of SEM, on behalf of the Student Union to present a call for nominations (including self-nominations) for the Executive Committee positions of Vice-Chair and Treasurer/Secretary. These positions offer a fantastic opportunity for students to become involved in the Student Union and, by extension, the SEM at large. The responsibilities for each position are as follows:

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Disciplinary Intervention for a Practice of Ethnomusicology

SEM’s “Disciplinary Intervention for a Practice of Ethnomusicology” statement was created by the SEM Council subcommittee and published on the SEM blog Sound Matters on May 5, 2017. The SEM Student Union Blog is proud to support the ideas and ideals of this statement. Blog editor Ana-María Alarcón-Jiménez has translated the document into Spanish, blog contributor Heidi Xiaorong Yuan has translated it into Chinese, and Nil Basdurak has completed a translation in Turkish. Please click the links below to find the original statement and the translations. Signatures are still welcome. The list of signers will be published in Sound Matters. We are anxious to include as many translations here in the blog as we can, so if you’d like to contribute with a translation, please send us an email (semsublog@gmail.com).

对于民族音乐学者实践的实施规范

Intervención disciplinaria para la práctica de la etnomusicología

Disciplinary Intervention for a Practice of Ethnomusicology

Disciplinary Intervention for a Practice of Ethnomusicology_Turkish_ Nil Basdurak

“Student Voices:” A Collaboration with the SEM Student News Bulletin

Introducción

(for the English version of this introduction go to Student News)

Para muchos de nosotros, el trabajo de campo es una de las partes más emocionantes del proceso de investigación etnomusicológico. Nos preparamos para el trabajo de campo por adelantado, encuadrándolo en propuestas de investigación, diseñando cuestionarios para diferentes tipos de entrevistas, aprendiendo idiomas, haciendo contactos preliminares, preparando viajes, y leyendo, escuchando y viendo material relevante. Sin embargo, estar en “el campo”, o “en el terreno”, como llamaremos a este espacio a lo largo de este post, casi siempre significa remodelar, reformular y adaptarse a las relaciones y circunstancias socio-musicales que encontramos, y de las cuales aprendemos poco a poco, en el día a día. ¿Cómo ha sido la experiencia de estudiantes de etnomusicología con este aspecto particular de la adaptación in situ y qué impacto ha tenido esto en su investigación?

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The Ten Tracks Project: #2

The Ten Tracks Project

The Ten Tracks Project is an invitation to both listen and visualize ethnomusicology students’ research projects. Limited to ten sound and/or audiovisual files, Ten Tracks Project participants are challenged to create a playlist to introduce their listeners into a glimpse of the sounds, performers, audiences, dances, and/or performing spaces that they are writing, thinking, and learning about.

  • Playlist author: Ana María Alarcón Jiménez
  • Where do you study? Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Fieldwork Location: Galicia, Northwestern Spain
  • Research title: Spatializing Galician Music at the International Festival of the Celtic World.
  • Why are these ten tracks on your list?

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Responding: Review of Ethnomusicology Pedagogy at the 61st SEM Annual Meeting

By Xiaorong Yuan (Heidi), Kent State University

As ethnomusicologists, we spend our professional time in the classroom or preparing to teach. However, what we teach, how we teach, and why we teach ethnomusicology to different levels of audiences and students has become an issue that needs to be discussed. In 2016, at the annual SEM meeting in Washington, D.C., several panels and papers had insightful discussions about pedagogy that ethnomusicologists use and address when they are teaching. This report selects three panels related to ethnomusicological pedagogy: the roundtable panel “Music Pedagogy for the 21st Century”, “Global to Local Music Outreach”, and “World Music Pedagogy Workshop”, which highlight the diverse possibility of teaching ethnomusicology in a variety of environments and methodologies.

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Introducing: Responding

Hello dear readers, this is Liza. Today I’m introducing the first entry in a new series called Responding, a space where ethnomusicology graduate students react to papers or panels they attended at Society for Ethnomusicology annual conferences. I love the energy and excitement generated at SEM conferences, and I imagined this series as a way to continue the rich, generative conversations we have over a few short days throughout the rest of the year. Here is our first contribution, by Heather Strohschein.

I can’t believe six months have already passed since SEM 2016. I’ve been going to SEM conferences since . . . oh jeez . . . it’s been over ten years . . . (trying not to think about how old I am). I haven’t made it to every single conference since my very first in 2005, but every time I go, I’m reenergized by the plethora of ideas, the multitudinous approaches to research, and the multisyllabic words I need to look up at the end of the day.

This year, Liza suggested writing about a specific paper or papers that really stood out. This is a great way to keep the ideas and inspiration of SEM fresh in our minds as well as keeping a conversation going regarding these ideas. I saw and heard some fantastic papers this year, but the one that got me thinking the most was presented by Trevor Reed from Columbia University on the first day of the conference. His paper was titled “On the Generativity of Letting Culture Die.” No colon! I was immediately intrigued.

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Response to In Discipline

A year and a half ago we published our last contribution for the projectIn Discipline: Talks from the European Side.” Since then, we have had the idea of generating a dialogue between professors and students, as a way to channel or to start to channel students’ ideas, needs, and preocupations in a horizontal and inter-generational kind of way.  The contribution below, written by the Catalan Anthropologist Josep Martí, is thus what we hope to be the first step of an ongoing conversation. Josep Martí’s text has been written in Catalan (top), and it has been translated into English (bottom),  continuing our effort to make this blog, and the In Discipline project,  multilingual.

Dr. Josep Martí is a Scientific Researcher at the Milà i Fontanals Institute (Barcelona), which makes up part of the Spanish National Research Council, otherwise known as “CSIC.” He has conducted fieldwork in different European countries, in Japan, and most recently in Equatorial Guinea. His research interests include, as reflected in his numerous publications,  the anthropology of the body, the anthropology of music, and popular culture.

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