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The Anthropology of Sound Forum @ Omni Shoreham Hotel
Nov 11 all-day

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
Washington, D.C.


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.


Call for Proposals for the Anthropology Sound Forum 
Program and Abstracts for the Anthropology of Sound Forum



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]

Anthropology of Media in Turkey: Theory, Methodology, and Future Orientations Workshop @ Kadir Has University
Sep 8 – Sep 10 all-day

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.

Society for Ethnomusicology 2017 Annual Meeting @ Denver Marriott City Center Hotel
Oct 26 – Oct 29 all-day

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 and select “Conferences” for more information about the Annual Meeting, online registration, and hotel accommodations.

Call for Applications: African Critical Inquiry Programme Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards
May 1 all-day


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: