Call for Proposals
Society for Ethnomusicology, Southeast and Caribbean Chapter
College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5, 2017
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Call for Proposals
The program committee welcomes proposals on any and all music-related topics. However, we especially encourage submissions that engage in some way with our selected topic of “Memory and Erasure.” Because of music’s extraordinary power to receive, retain, recall, and rewrite the memories of a culture, musical performances have long stood at the center of collective remembrance. Whether “retained either through cultural formation (text, rites, or monuments) or through institutional commemoration (recitation, practice, observance) [...] and formalized through ceremony,” music is an essential part of how we construct history, especially in public spaces (Assmann 1995). This year’s conference will be held in Charleston, a city that is not only deeply embedded in so many crucial chapters of American history--colonialism, the Middle Passage, mercantilism, the American Civil War, the Civil Rights movement, etc.--but is also deeply invested in practices of remembrance themselves through the city’s hundreds of historically-designated landmarks and historically-focused tours. As we were all reminded by the horrific attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015, practices of historical remembrance in Charleston are just as vital now as ever, continuing to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. As SEMSEC gathers in the Holy City this coming March, we invite our members to reflect on the unique role that music plays in these processes of memory and erasure.
Please include the following with all proposals:
2. Presentation title
3. Institutional affiliation
4. Mailing address
5. Email address
· Phone number
The Program Committee welcomes proposals from scholars working in a wide range of fields including musicology, music education, music theory, dance, art history, political science, anthropology, sociology, area studies, media studies, folklore, performance studies, and popular culture. Proposals from graduate and undergraduate students are particularly encouraged.
Proposed submissions should indicate one of the following formats:
1. individual scholarly papers (20-minute presentation, 10-minute discussion)
2. organized panels of 3 or 4 papers, or 3 papers and a discussant
3. forum/roundtable-format discussions linked to conference themes
· other creative presentations or workshops involving performance, scholarship, and discussion
For individual scholarly papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words. Abstracts should clearly indicate a central argument, research methodology, and conclusions. Abstracts that exceed the word limit will not be considered.
Each member of an organized panel must submit an individual paper proposal (see submission guidelines above for individual scholarly papers) and the panel chair/organizer must submit a panel abstract of no more than 150 words. Organizers of forum/roundtables should submit an abstract of no more than 150 words detailing the central theme, purpose, and scope of the forum, with a preliminary list of participants. The suggested forum format is 90-minutes, with four to six panelists including a discussant (though other options will be considered). Abstracts that exceed the word limit will not be considered.
E-mail all proposals as attachments in MS Word (.doc or .docx) format by Friday, December 16th at 11:59 PM EST to Joshua Kalin Busman, program chair (firstname.lastname@example.org).