SEMSCHC Annual Conference

Society for Ethnomusicology, Southern California and Hawaii Chapter
59th Annual Meeting

2018 Annual Meeting

Society for Ethnomusicology, Southern California and Hawaii Chapter
59th Annual Meeting

February 24-25, 2018
Pomona College
Sumner Hall
333 N College Way
Claremont, CA 91711

Call for Proposals - DEADLINE EXTENDED

The Southern California and Hawai`i Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology welcomes proposals for our 2018 meeting, to take place at Pomona College in Claremont on Saturday and Sunday, February 24-25. We welcome proposals for individual papers, panel sessions, workshops, and demonstrations. Submissions are due to no later than January 1 . Students who wish to be considered for the Ki Mantle Hood Prize should follow the instructions for submission at
Given the reach of our chapter, participants in Hawai`i will be permitted to present remotely. Teleconferencing should only be done from a remote conference location (i.e., in a smart classroom in Hawai`i) rather than from personal computers or from the field.

Individual Paper:

Papers will be given twenty minutes, with ten 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.

Organized Panel:

An organized panel session is 1.5 or 2 hours long. A 1.5-hour panel consists of three papers. A 2-hour panel consists 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. The Program Committee reserves the right to suggest the addition of a panelist when an independently submitted abstract appears to fit a panel. (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. Include the panel abstract (describing the rationale for the panel as a whole) and abstracts for the individual papers.


Proposals for workshops and demonstrations of either 20-minute or 50-minute duration will also be considered. Include in your 250-word abstract estimated set-up time, and any pertinent logistical considerations, spatial or otherwise.

Student Concerns Panel:

Students are invited to submit paper proposals for the inaugural Student Concerns Panel. This is intended as a forum for students and professionals to address challenges and issues affecting graduate students. Rather than focusing on research, papers/presentation proposals for this panel should address issues such as funding, family life, fieldwork experiences, scholarly training, ethical challenges, or career plans and choices.


The lodgings below are located a 5-minute drive from the Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave.)
The recommended (3-star) hotel is:

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Claremont
555 W. Foothill Blvd.
(909) 626-2411

Limited Discount:

While the Doubletree Claremont cannot not offer a group rate, they have offered to apply a discount to a number of rooms on a first come, first served basis. At the time of writing, the discounted rate during the conference dates is about $129-$134/night—about $100 less than their regular rates. Please make your booking as soon as possible, as the discount-rate rooms will not be held in reserve.

Go to: Doubletree Hilton Reservations

When booking, supply the “Corporate Account” field with the code 560060629 to get the discounted rate (while vacancies remain).

Budget inns in Claremont include the following*:

Knights Inn Claremont
721 S Indian Hill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 626-2431

Claremont Lodge
736 S Indian Hill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 626-5654

Motel 6 Claremont
840 S Indian Hill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-4831

*These listings are intended for general planning purposes only. Prices are subject to change. Pomona College/SEMSCHC has not vetted these budget accommodations.

Program Chair (2018)

Sarah Hankins

Department of Music

University of California, San Diego

Local Arrangements Chair (2018)

Gibb Schreffler

Music Department

Pomona College