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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

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