MACSEM Archives and Past Annual Meetings




Keynote Speaker: Anthony Seeger  (Emeritus Professor of Ethnomusicology, UCLA)

UVA Campus

VENUE: MACSEM will be hosted by the University of Virginia (UVA)  and will be held at OpenGrounds in Charlottesville. 1400 University Avenue. (

REGISTRATION: Registration will be available in advance at the MACSEM website and at the door. See the bottom of this page for a Paypal link to register online. Suggested donation is $10 or $20. 

LODGING: The Graduate Hotel in Charlottesville, 2 blocks from the meeting site, is open for booking at a group discount for MACSEM members until February 26th. The address is 1309 W Main Street. Look to the Facebook page for other student accommodation options.

SCHEDULE: Click here to download the MACSEM 2016 Program (NEWLY updated 2/29/16)  


MACSEM 2016 Call for papers (now obsolete, archived only) 

MACSEM 2016 Call for Papers (Deadline Passed)


The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (MACSEM) invites proposals for its 35th annual chapter meeting, to be held March 5-6, 2016, at the McIntire Department of Music, University of Virginia. 

We are delighted to announce that Prof. Anthony Seeger will give this year's keynote address.

The Program Committee will review presentations on any subject in music scholarship, but especially welcomes abstracts that fit the theme "Ethnomusicology in the 21st Century." Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Changes in ethnomusicology and related disciplines in the twenty-first century;
  • Engagement with related fields and practices, whether long-standing or emergent;
  • New and old technologies in ethnomusicological research and publication, and their implications for circulation, privacy, and collaboration;
  • Ethnomusicological research and issues of contemporary life: for example, migration flows, border crossings, climate change, inequality, or enduring geopolitical conflict;
  • Ethnomusicological history, research paradigms, and narratives in the “long” 20th century (including the turns of the 20th and 21st centuries). 

We invite proposals from ethnomusicologists as well as music scholars working in related fields, including historical musicology, anthropology, media studies, folklore, performance studies, sound studies, and cultural studies. MACSEM awards the Hewitt Pantaleoni Prize each year to the best student paper delivered at the annual meeting.

Options for presentations include scholarly papers (20-minute presentation,10-minute discussion), organized panels of three or four papers, poster sessions, lecture-demonstrations, film/video screenings, and workshops.

Paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Those proposing panels should submit one 200-word abstract for the entire panel, as well as individual abstracts for each presenter. Abstracts should clearly indicate the central argument, evidence, research methodology, and conclusions of the proposed paper. In an email, include with your proposal: the name(s) of the presenter(s), institutional affiliation(s), title of presentation, format of presentation (paper, panel, poster, workshop, etc.), A/V equipment requirements, e-mail address, and phone number. Please attach your abstract to your email in a PDF that includes a title and no identifying information.

Please send abstracts by e-mail to Kendra Salois, Program Committee Chair, at, with the subject line “MACSEM 2016 Proposal Submission.”

Deadline: EXTENDED TO January 20, 2016. Early submissions are strongly encouraged! Decisions will be announced by February 8, 2016.



These links are for archival purposes only!

Click here for more information on MACSEM 2015, to be held March 28-29, 2015 at New York University. 

Click here for the MACSEM 2015 Program


MACSEM 2014  took place from March 28-30, 2014, at the University of Pennsylvania.  The Keynote speaker was Kate Pourshariati (University of Pennsylvania). 

The Hewitt Pantaleoni Prize
was awarded to Blenda Im, of the University of Pennsylvania for her paper
'Amnesia and Anamnesis: Voicing a Modern Christian Subjectivity in South Korea.'

Download the Full 2014 Conference Program (PDF)

Visit the archived conference web page.



MACSEM 2013 took place from March 23-24, 2013 at the University of Richmond, in Richmond, Virginia. 

MACSEM 2013 Conference Program.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Maureen Mahon (New York University)


MACSEM 2012 was held from March 30 to April 1, 2012 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Aaron Fox (Columbia University)