MACSEM Archives and Past Annual Meetings


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The Society for Ethnomusicology, Mid-Atlantic Chapter announces:

MACSEM 201837th Annual Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology Conference March 24-25, 2018

Hosted by:
The University of Maryland, College Park, School of Music

Keynote speaker: Clifford Murphy, Director of Folk and Traditional Arts for the National Endowment for the Arts:  “Ethnomusicology as Public Service.”

Full draft program online and update at Google Docs


Click here for a PDF file with travel and accommodation information

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 XXXX 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



March 11-12, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

"Music and Political Change"

Keynote Speaker: Clifford Murphy (Director of Folk and Traditional Arts, National Endowment for the Arts):

“Public Service, Community Engagement, and American Folklife: A View from Washington”

MACSEM 2017 is hosted by Cornell University and will be held a
Cornell Dept of Music, Lincoln Hall, Room B20
101 Lincoln Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 


The Cornell Concert Series welcomes you to MACSEM 2017! On Friday evening, March 10, we are presenting Simon Shaheen’s Zafir project: the Arab music of Al-Andalus and blended with the art of flamenco and jazz influences in a program of instrumental and vocal music and dance. Shaheen will be joined by the exquisite Moroccan singer Nidal Ibourk, who has collaborated with him on many occasions; the young fiery flamenco dancer Auxi Fernandez who complements the music with her sinuous arm movements and explosive footwork; flamenco vocalist/guitarist/pianist Juan Pérez Rodríguez, from a family of Gypsy musicians; and Shaheen’s acclaimed “Qantara” ensemble.

Click here to download the MACSEM 2017 Program



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

 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.

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



MACSEM 2015,  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)