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

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

* UPDATED APRIL 4, 2019: MACSEM 2019 Final Program is now available at this link (pdf).


* MACSEM 2019 Keynote Lecture: 

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Catastrophic Sounds: Animacy and Equivalence

Associate Professor of Performance Studies at Tisch School of Arts, New York University

Saturday 6 April, 5-6:30pm, Lang Music Building

In After Fukushima, Jean-Luc Nancy describes our contemporary situation as one poised on the brink of catastrophe on a global scale -- "a general interconnection" of such a scale and scope that the damage caused by a "natural" disaster in one part of the world (the 3/11 Fukushima tsunami, for instance) is inseparable from a long and tangled history of capitalism and technological development. What might this catastrophe sound like? This presentation considers the work of performance/video artist Eiko Otake in her "A Body in Places" series to consider how it situates viewers in time and space (aural and architectural) in order to make the catastrophe of capitalism perceptible.

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

*Please reserve your room at the Inn at Swarthmore as soon as possible! The rooms are going fast! The conference rate will be available until Monday March 18. For other accommodations in the area, please visit

*Please consider bringing your own travel mug for coffee/tea/water to save on paper and the amount of trash generated by disposable cups.

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 (
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