MACSEM 2019 ANNUAL MEETING - APRIL 6-7, 2019, in Swarthmore, PA

Society for Ethnomusicology, Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
April 6-7, 2019

We have arranged for a block of rooms at The Inn at Swarthmore ( where the majority of conference events will take place.

The conference rate is $169/night plus taxes (for April 5 & 6) and is available by calling the hotel and (610) 543-7500. Please indicate that you are attending the ethnomusicology conference, MACSEM 2019.
The conference rate will be available for reservations made before March 6th. After that date, additional rooms may be available pending availability, however, we cannot guarantee the discounted rate after March 6th.

The Inn is conveniently located on the campus of Swarthmore College and steps from the SEPTA regional train station:

Please contact Local Arrangements Committee Chair, Lei Ouyang Bryant with any additional questions (



The program committee cordially invites proposals for the 38th annual chapter meeting of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (MACSEM), to be held at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, April 6- 7, 2019.
This year's keynote address will be delivered by Karen Shimakawa, Professor of Performance Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Dr. Shimakawa’s work focuses on critical race theory, law and performance, and Asian American performance.

The program committee invites proposals on all topics related to music, performance, and sound from students and scholars working in ethnomusicology and related fields. Given our keynote speaker, we are particularly interested in presentations that investigate dance and performance as subjects of study, sites of embodied knowledge, and as modalities of critical inquiry. The committee also encourages proposals from undergraduate students, reflecting the location of this year’s conference.
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. Additionally, presentations outside the realm of the traditional paper format (such as lecture-demonstrations) are encouraged.
Individual Papers:
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 Panels:
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 Anaar Desai-Stephens (Committee Chair) at by February 2, 2018, with the subject line “MACSEM 2019 Proposal Submission.” Decisions will be announced in mid-February, 2019. 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 Anaar Desai-Stephens (

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