SEM Northwest

Soci­ety for Eth­no­mu­si­col­ogy, North­west Chap­ter, 2014 Meeting

The Soci­ety for Ethnomusicology’s North­west Chap­ter will hold its annual meet­ing on Sat­ur­day, March 1 at the Uni­ver­sity of British Columbia’s Inter­na­tional House (1783 West Mall, UBC cam­pus).  For­mal paper, per­for­mance, and instruc­tional work­shops pro­pos­als are wel­come.  There is no theme for this year’s con­fer­ence, but pre­sen­ters are encour­aged to present their most cur­rent research on any con­tem­po­rary topic in ethnomusicology.

Papers will be given twenty min­utes, with ten min­utes allot­ted for ques­tions and dis­cus­sion after­wards.  Pro­pos­als and abstracts should be approx­i­mately 250 words, and included in the text of the email and attached as a file. Appro­pri­ate file for­mats include Microsoft Word Doc­u­ment (.doc or .docx) and Rich Text For­mat (.rtf). Include your full name and insti­tu­tional affil­i­a­tion. Sub­mis­sions must be received no later than Feb­ru­ary 1, 2014; appli­cants will be noti­fied of accep­tance no later than Feb­ru­ary 15.  Please send your abstract to

Addi­tion­ally, Wyn­ton Marsalis and Lin­coln Cen­ter Jazz will be per­form­ing at UBC’s Chan Cen­tre that evening.  Those inter­ested in pur­chas­ing tick­ets should do so:

Chap­ter mem­bers are also invited to attend a talk by Uni­ver­sity of Toronto eth­no­mu­si­col­o­gist Joshua Pilzer (open and free to all) on Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 28, 3:30 p.m., hosted by the Cen­tre for Korean Research.


The Soci­ety for Eth­no­mu­si­col­ogy, North­west Chap­ter
The North­west Chap­ter of the Soci­ety for Eth­no­mu­si­col­ogy wel­comes par­tic­i­pa­tion by mem­bers and other inter­ested indi­vid­u­als in Alaska, Wash­ing­ton, Ore­gon, Idaho, Montana,British Colum­bia, and Alberta. The chap­ter con­venes each spring for a 1–2 day meet­ing includ­ing for­mal papers, pan­els, per­for­mances, and oppor­tu­ni­ties for social­iz­ing. The loca­tion of the annual meet­ing changes year to year; recent meet­ings have been hosted by the Uni­ver­sity of British Colum­bia (Van­cou­ver, B.C.), the Uni­ver­sity of Vic­to­ria (Vic­to­ria, B.C.), the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton (Seat­tle, WA), the Ever­green State Col­lege (Olympia, WA), Lewis and Clark Col­lege (Port­land, OR), and the Uni­ver­sity of Ore­gon (Eugene, OR).

Thelma AdamsonThe Thelma Adam­son Prize
Since 1996 SEM North­west has awarded a prize each year for the best stu­dent pre­sen­ta­tion at the annual chap­ter meet­ing. A com­mit­tee com­posed of three fac­ulty mem­bers from at least two regional insti­tu­tions eval­u­ates pre­sen­ta­tions by stu­dents who have indi­cated inter­est in being con­sid­ered for the prize. The win­ner receives a cash prize of $100.00, and her/his name and paper title are included in the chap­ter report to SEM (chap­ter prize win­ners are announced dur­ing the busi­ness meet­ing at the annual SEM con­fer­ence).
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Past Meet­ings
2004 Pro­gram, Uni­ver­sity of Vic­to­ria
2005 Pro­gram, Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton
2007 Pro­gram, Ever­green State Col­lege
2008 Pro­gram, Uni­ver­sity of British Colum­bia
2009 Pro­gram, Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton
2010 Pro­gram, Lewis and Clark Col­lege
2011 Pro­gram, Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton
2012 Pro­gram, Uni­ver­sity of Ore­gon
2013 Pro­gram, Uni­ver­sity of Washington

To Post Announce­ments
Chap­ter mem­bers who would like to announce pub­li­ca­tions, pre­sen­ta­tions, awards, pro­mo­tions, and upcom­ing events should email Lau­rel Ser­combe (

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