SEMSCHC Annual Conference

Society for Ethnomusicology
Southern California and Hawai'i Chapter


Submission Deadline: December 11, 2013

48th Annual Meeting
February 22-23, 2014
University of California, Santa Barbara

Program Committee
Mary Talusan, Ph.D., Loyola Marymount University, Chair
Christopher Adler, Ph.D., University of San Diego
Ruth Hellier-Tinoco, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Fred Lau, Ph.D., University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Rene Lysloff, Ph.D., University of California, Riverside
Logan Elizabeth Clark, University of California, Los Angeles

The Program Committee of the 48th annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Southern California and Hawai'i Chapter (SEMSCHC) invites and encourages local SEM members, students, faculty, and all others interested in the field of ethnomusicology to submit proposals for the forthcoming two-day meeting. Proposals are invited for individual papers, organized panels, and roundtable discussions.

As in the past, we prefer not to stipulate any conference themes in advance, but instead allow themes to emerge from the abstracts received.

Proposals from graduate students in ethnomusicology and closely related fields are especially welcome. Graduate student papers are eligible for the Ki Mantle Hood Student Prize (see the guidelines posted on the SEMSCHC website at The Program Committee also strongly encourages local faculty and new or visiting scholars to contribute to the program.

The Program Committee is pleased to announce the possibility of submitting proposals for virtual papers. Given the geographical expanse of our chapter and as a way to foster participation from all members, particularly those from Hawai'i who are unable to travel to attend the meeting, panel sessions may include papers read via Skype or similar video conferencing technology. Proposals for virtual papers will be evaluated according to the same criteria as all other abstracts, but must indicate the need for video conferencing under "Audio-visual requirements."

Presentation Formats

Individual Papers: A 20-minute paper followed by 10 minutes of questions/discussion. Submit an abstract of 230-250 words on the Proposal Submission Form.

Organized Panels: A 90-minute panel with three 20-minute papers or a 2-hour panel of four papers or three papers plus a discussant. Each presentation (a paper or a discussant's formal response) will be 20 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes of questions/discussion. The Program Committee reserves the right to suggest the addition of a panelist when an independently submitted abstract appears to fit a panel. The panel chair/organizer must submit the Organized Panel abstracts & information on the Proposal Submission Form. Include the panel abstract of 150 words (describing the rationale for the panel as a whole) and abstracts for the individual papers of 230-250 words.

Roundtable Discussions: Roundtable discussion sessions provide opportunities for participants to discuss a subject with each other and with members of the audience. Sessions lasting 60 or 90 minutes should include three to five presenters. We encourage formats that stimulate discussion and audience participation. The organizer will solicit position papers of up to 10 minutes from each presenter and will facilitate questions and discussion for the remaining time. The roundtable chair/organizer must submit the Roundtable abstract & information on the Proposal Submission Form. The abstract must outline the purpose/agenda and organization of the session, as well as the anticipated contributions of each participant (unnamed in the abstract).

About Abstracts: Abstracts must be between 230 and 250 words (except for the Panel Abstract, which should be 150 words), and should appear as a single paragraph. Abstracts 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.

Proposal Submission

Deadline for all proposals: December 11, 2013

Submission: All proposals should be sent as an email attachment using the Proposal Submission Form with your surname and SEMSCHC in the subject line to the Chair, Dr. Mary Talusan (

The Proposal Submission Form is available in Word .doc or PDF formats.

Notification of acceptance: on or before January 13, 2014 (by email).

Note: All accepted presenters are expected to pre-register on the conference website. Other conference attendees are encouraged to pre-register online as well.

Queries: If you have any queries, please email the Chair, Dr. Mary Talusan (