SEMSCHC - Society for Ethnomusicology, Southern California and Hawaii Chapter


The Society for Ethnomusicology, Southern California and Hawaii Chapter (SEMSCHC) is a regional chapter of The Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). The Southern California chapter held its first meeting in 1960 and was expanded to include the state of Hawaii in 2009. We include any members of the Society of Ethnomusicology living in Hawaii or Southern California from San Luis Obispo to San Diego.

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2018 Annual Meeting CFP Extended Deadline

Call for Proposals

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.

2018 Annual Meeting - Lodging

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.

2018 Annual Meeting Announcement

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