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The Anthropology of Sound
A Special Forum Organized by
The Society for Ethnomusicology and The Music and Sound Interest Group
The SEM 61st Annual Meeting
Friday, November 11, 2016
Omni Shoreham Hotel
The Society for Ethnomusicology and the Music and Sound Interest Group of the American Anthropological Association have joined together to organize an Anthropology of Sound Forum at the SEM 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The forum is intended to advance international dialogue in the anthropology of sound, promote interdisciplinary perspectives in sound studies, and build stronger institutional relationships between SEM and AAA. Bringing together sound researchers from diverse geographic and disciplinary locations, the forum will encourage participants to consider how sound informs questions of method, analysis, knowledge, and representation. At the same time, it will encourage anthropology’s engagement with ethnomusicology’s rich history of ethnographically attending to practices of embodied performance and listening.
Anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, and others with an interest in sound studies are strongly encouraged to attend not only the Anthropology of Sound Forum but the entire SEM Annual Meeting (November 10-13) and a pre-conference symposium (“Soundings: Public Sector Ethnomusicology in the 21st Century”) organized by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress on November 9. Admission to the Anthropology of Sound Forum is included in the SEM 2016 Annual Meeting registration fee.
Lila Ellen Gray, MSIG Convener and Forum Program Committee Co-Chair, [email protected]
David Novak, SEM Liaison to the AAA, MSIG Founder, Forum Program Committee Co-Chair,[email protected]
Daniel Fisher, MSIG Co-Convener and Forum Program Committee Member, [email protected]
Amanda Minks, Former MSIG Convener (2012-2014) and Forum Program Committee Member,[email protected]
Olabode Omojola, SEM 2016 Program Committee Member and Liaison to Forum Program Committee, [email protected]
Stephen Stuempfle, SEM Executive Director, [email protected]
Increasing public understanding of science and technology is a principal goal of AAAS. For some 40 years the Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program has helped develop scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are well-versed in communicating complex ideas to a general audience via placement in media sites across the United States. The importance of increasing public understanding of scientific issues, like the environment and health, is increasing. Reaching out to specific communities, especially those not well served by mainstream science media, is required to make sure science communication and education is available to everyone. We wish to focus on serving the growing Latino populations of the US by supporting science communication and education in the language of those communities and by addressing issues of importance to the communities.
For the first time in 2014, AAAS recruited two Spanish Language Fellows to expand the work with mainstream Spanish news outlets to bring science news to Spanish speaking communities. AAAS plans to continue the program and recruit Spanish Language Fellows indefinitely.
The Spanish Language Mass Media Fellows application is identical to the regular Mass Media Fellows Application (including criteria). Details can be found within the APPLY tab.
All application materials must be submitted online by 11:59pm EST, 15 January 2017.
The 2017 Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program Application can be accessed here: http://massmedia.aaas.org.
In terms of the application packet, some of the pieces should be submitted in English and some in Spanish. Please see below for the requirements.
- A fully complete online application form
- A copy of your resume or CV (please include any honors, awards, and relevant activities) (English)
- General Writing Sample: ONE 2 to 3 page brief sample of your writing that is on any subject (science or non-science topic) and directed toward a non-scientific audience (in terms appropriate for the general public). Please do not include technical or journal articles (English or Spanish)
- Sample News Story: A 750-word ‘news’ story for the general public summarizing a science, mathematics or engineering journal article from the past 6 months (published after July 1, 2015) and describing what the study’s findings are, why the study’s findings are important and what impact it will have on the public (Spanish)
- Source Article: The source journal article used to write your Sample News Story (the news article itself should be in English)
- Candidate Questions: Responses to each of the 7 reflective questions found within the application (English)
- Three letters of recommendation (to be uploaded online by your recommender or mailed directly to the program by the recommender, but not both). At least two of these letters should be from faculty members who can comment on your academic work (English, unless otherwise approved)
- Unofficial transcripts of your undergraduate and graduate work (to be uploaded online or mailed directly to the program, but not both).
Applicants are required to be fluent in speaking and reading in Spanish. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply for both the traditional Mass Media Fellowship (in English) and the Spanish Language Fellowship. If you choose to apply for both, applicants will need to fill out two separate applications, and therefore will need to create two separate logins using two different email addresses. Please email [email protected] if you plan on applying to both Fellowships.
Again, the Spanish Language Mass Media Fellows application is identical to the regular Mass Media Fellows Application (including criteria). Further details can be found within the APPLY tab.
The 2017 Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program Application can be accessed athttp://massmedia.aaas.org. Complete applications must be submitted by midnight EST, 15 Jan 2017 to be considered.
Please email [email protected] if you have any additional questions.
Increasing public understanding of science and technology is a principal goal of AAAS, so it only makes sense that it recognizes the need for scientists who are well versed in communicating complex ideas to a general audience. Enter the AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows program, which has thrived in this endeavor for 42 years.
This highly competitive program strengthens the connections between scientists and journalists by placing advanced undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level science, engineering and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at such media outlets as the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Philadelphia Inquirer, WIRED, and Scientific American. The AAAS Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today’s headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to non-specialists. Participants come in knowing the importance of translating their work for the public, but they leave with the tools and the know-how to accomplish this important goal.
For 10 weeks during the summer, the AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows collaborate with media professionals at radio and television stations, newspapers, and magazines. As part of their job, the student-scientists and their host-journalists strive to make science news easy for the public to understand. The fellowship program is designed to enhance coverage of science-related issues in the media in order to improve public understanding and appreciation of science and technology. Fellows have the opportunity to observe and participate in the process by which events and ideas become news, improve their communication skills by learning to describe complex technical subjects in a manner understandable to the lay public, and increase their understanding of editorial decision making and the way in which information is effectively disseminated. In its 42 year history, the program has supported over 670 Fellows.
- Applicants must be enrolled as students (upper level undergraduate or graduate) or postdoctoral trainees at a university — or within one year of a completed degree — in the life, physical, health, engineering, computer, or social sciences or mathematics and related fields. If you have questions about your eligibility, email [email protected]
- Students enrolled in English, journalism, science journalism, or other non-technical fields are not eligible for these fellowships.
- Applicants must be US citizens or already hold visas that allow them to recieve payment for work during the summer. AAAS cannot assist in obtaining/retaining visas.
- Successful applicants are required to attend an orientation at AAAS headquarters at the beginning of the summer (early June) and a wrap-up session at the end of the summer (mid-August). They will prepare reports on the progress of their fellowships throughout their placement.
The Fellowship is open to international students who are already studying in the United States and who hold visas that allow them to receive payment for work during the summer. AAAS cannot assist in obtaining/retaining visas. The Fellowship is also open to US citizens studying abroad, as long as they can pay their way back into the US for the Fellowship.
AAAS typically selects from 15-20 Mass Media Fellows each summer. Fellows are provided a weekly stipend of $500 as well as travel expenses to and from AAAS and their sites. AAAS does not provide housing or an additional housing stipend.
June 7, 2017 – August 22, 2017
Orientation in DC: June 7-9
Dates onsite: June 12 – August 18
Wrap-up in DC: August 21-22
Anthropology of Media in Turkey: Theory, Methodology, and Future Orientations:
The goal of this workshop is to launch a sustainable platform for media ethnographers of Turkey where they delve into critical theoretical issues and pressing methodological discussions that are specific to the Turkish context. The Turkish context is comprised of a dynamic and complex cultural field, which makes it a challenging task for media anthropologists to define their researcher identity and to designate their theoretical approach. The current media environment marked by censorship, political pressure, and deepening polarization further complicates the picture for ethnographers of Turkish media and renders it difficult for them to find safe entry points for participant observation. A first in this area, this workshop will constitute a platform where a select group of media ethnographers would develop channels of conversation to define, refine, and expand the tools of anthropological knowledge on media. For three days, eighteen invited media ethnographers would engage in discussions on ethnography as both a methodological endeavor and a theoretical outlook in studying the social and cultural processes of media. Moreover, the workshop devotes a full day to the extensive discussions of the practical issues that come directly from the participants’ field experiences. The participants will work in small groups on specific research situations. Role-playing would be used as a technique to embody field experiences and unpack complicated examples of entries, skills of immersion, instances of being labelled and co-opted, threats and dangers encountered, and the process of ending the fieldwork. The anthropological discourse that flourishes in and through the workshop would result in two forms of concrete outcomes. One of them is a collected volume. The second is a web blog that would have dynamic and interactive content about both media ethnography in Turkey and global tendencies in the relevant anthropological literature.
The Society for Ethnomusicology will hold its 62nd Annual Meeting on October 26-29, 2017, at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel, co-hosted by the University of Denver, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Colorado College.
In conjunction with the SEM Annual Meeting, Colorado College and the SEM Indigenous Music Section will present a pre-conference symposium, “Sound Alliances: A Celebration of Indigenous Musics and Cultures,” on October 25 in Colorado Springs.
Visit www.ethnomusicology.org and select “Conferences” for more information about the Annual Meeting, online registration, and hotel accommodations.
FOR AFRICAN STUDENTS ENROLLED IN SOUTH AFRICAN PhD PROGRAMS
Closing Date: Tuesday 1 May 2018
The African Critical Inquiry Programme is pleased to announce the 2018 Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards to support African doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled at South African universities and conducting dissertation research on relevant topics. Grant amounts vary depending on research plans, with a maximum award of ZAR 40,000.
The African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) seeks to advance inquiry and debate about the roles and practice of public culture, public cultural institutions and public scholarship in shaping identities and society in Africa. The Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards are open to African postgraduate students (regardless of citizenship) in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Applicants must be currently registered in a PhD programme in a South African university and be working on topics related to ACIP’s focus. Awards will support doctoral research projects focused on topics such as institutions of public culture, particular aspects of museums and exhibitions, forms and practices of public scholarship, culture and communication, and the theories, histories and systems of thought that shape and illuminate public culture and public scholarship. Awards are open to proposals working with a range of methodologies in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, including research in archives and collections, fieldwork, interviews, surveys, and quantitative data collection.
For full information about this opportunity and how to apply, see the full Call for Proposals listed under “ACIP Opportunities” on our website: http://www.gs.emory.edu/about/special/acip.html.