MACSEM 2018 Annual Meeting (March 24-25, UMCP)

The Society for Ethnomusicology, Mid-Atlantic Chapter announces:

MACSEM 2018

University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

March 24-25, 2018

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS FEB. 2, 2018!

Call for Papers

The program committee cordially invites proposals for the 37th annual chapter meeting of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (MACSEM), to be held at the University of Maryland, College Park, March 24-25, 2018.

This year's keynote address will be delivered by Clifford Murphy, Director of Folk and Traditional Arts for the National Endowment for the Arts.

The call is open to all topics. However, we are particularly interested in presentations centering around the theme of “Alternative Visions of the Field.” No doubt a recurring motif for ethnomusicology, current events have once again directed our attention to thinking beyond academia, in order to reflect on the field in its multiple spheres of action, whether in the public or private sphere, or as an integral part of a general undergraduate education. Given this broader focus, the committee is seeking paper proposals not just from graduate students and scholars working in ethnomusicology (and related areas), but also from undergraduate students and professionals from other fields.

As such, the committee encourages proposals centering on, but not limited to:

• Analyses of professional experiences in ethnomusicology and/or by ethnomusicologists

• Visions for future/current directions of the field

• Community (re)building through music/sound

• Community engagement and music/sound

• Ethnomusicology in the Public or Private Sector

• Ethnomusicology, pedagogy, and undergraduate education

• The political role of music/sound scholars within and outside of the academy

Undergraduate research experiences

At this year’s MACSEM conference, two prizes will be awarded: the Hewitt Pantaleoni Prize for best student paper, and the Lorna McDaniel Prize for best undergraduate paper.

Submission Guidelines

We will accept Individual Papers and Organized Panels, according to the following. The committee will consider paper submissions from across all disciplines as they relate to music/sound. Additionally, presentations outside the realm of the traditional paper format are encouraged.

Individual Paper

Papers will be given 20 minutes, with 10 minutes allotted for questions and discussion afterwards. Paper abstracts (250 word maximum) should demonstrate a clear focus or statement of the problem, a coherent argument, knowledge of previous research, and a statement of the implications for ethnomusicology (broadly conceived).

Organized Panel

An organized panel session can last 90 minutes (1.5 hours) or 120 minutes (2 hours). A 90-minute panel consists of three papers, while 120-minute panels consist of either four papers or three papers plus a discussant. Each presentation (a paper or a discussant’s formal response) is 20 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes of questions and general discussion. (Those interested in a more flexible format with more participants may want to consider proposing a roundtable.) A proposal for an organized panel should be submitted by the panel organizer. The submission should include the panel abstract (describing the rationale for the panel as a whole) in addition to abstracts for each of the individual papers.


Proposals should be sent to Michael Iyanaga (committee chair) at miyanaga@email.wm.edu by February 2, 2018, with the subject line “MACSEM 2018 Proposal Submission.” Decisions will be announced in early February, 2018. Please include the following in your email:

• Name

• Institutional affiliation

• Status (e.g. faculty member, graduate student, undergraduate student, public sector, etc.)

• Title of proposal

• Email address

• Document file (.doc or .docx), which will include proposal title and abstract (do not include any identifying markers, such as your name)



Any additional questions can be directed to Michael Iyanaga (miyanaga@email.wm.edu).