MACSEM: The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology

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Welcome to MACSEM, a member chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). Founded in 1955, the SEM promotes the research, study, and performance of music in its cultural, social, and political contexts.   MACSEM was established in 1981 and includes members from the states of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey,  New York, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia.


MACSEM 2019 Conference Accommodations Info Posted:

MACSEM 2019 Conference CALL FOR PAPERS is posted, deadline approaching! (Feb. 2, 2019)

Welcome Lehigh University! With the appointment of Prof. Tong Soon Lee, Lehigh University is now offering coursework in ethnomusicology, and has joined the list of MACSEM affiliated institutions.  

2018 MACSEM Prize News:

* MACSEM congratulates the 2018 Lorna D'Acosta McDaniel Prize winner for best undergraduate student paper, Joshua Kerobo (American University) for his paper, “'Pleasing Allah' while 'Obsessed with Frank Ocean': Negotiations of Music and Islam in the West."

* MACSEM congratulates the 2018 Pantaleoni Prize winner for best graduate student paper, Allie Martin (Indiana University and Smithsonian Institution) for her paper, “What's Happening, CC? Sonic Gentrification in Washington, DC." 

* MACSEM Selects 2018-19 Officers

  • President: Shalini Ayyagari, University of Pittsburgh
  • Vice-President: Siv Lie, University of Maryland, College Park 
  • Secretary: Brendan Kibbee, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Treasurer: Ben Jackson, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Student Representative: Yang Shuo, University of Pittsburgh