2018 Call for Papers – Southern Graduate Music Research Symposium

The Society for Musicology at Florida State University is pleased to announce the eighth annual Southern Graduate Music Research Symposium, Friday and Saturday, September 14–15, 2018 at the Florida State University College of Music in Tallahassee, Florida.

The deadline for the Call for Papers has been extended to Friday, August 10th at 11:59pm. 

Call for Papers*

The symposium’s program committee invites all graduate students to submit abstracts for papers and presentations related to historical musicology, ethnomusicology, vernacular or popular music traditions, world music cultures, and music theory and analysis. The presentation format will be a twenty-minute paper followed by a ten-minute discussion. Abstracts must not exceed 250 words and should demonstrate a clear focus or statement of the problem, research methodology, and conclusions.

Submissions should include:

  1. Name, institutional affiliation, and degree program
  2. Email address
  3. Audio-visual requirements

The above items should be submitted electronically (PDF or Word document, Word preferred) to the following email address: fsumusicology@gmail.com

Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM EST on August 10, 2018. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by August 20th.

The Southern Graduate Music Research Symposium is a collaborative event, organized by and for graduate students, whose mission is to support graduate student research in music and to foster a collegial research environment among regional schools in the South.

*A note of clarification: The seventh annual SGMRS was to be held at FSU in 2017, but it was cancelled due to the campus closure caused by Hurricane Irma. This is a new call for papers. Those presenters who were accepted to last year’s conference are welcome and encouraged to resubmit this year. Those abstracts will be considered new submissions and evaluated according to the same criteria as all received submissions.



Faculty Presentation – Dr. Bakan

This week during SfM, our own esteemed Dr. Michael Bakan will give a presentation titled, ‘”The Heavier in Knowledge the Better”: Graeme Gibson Speaks on Life, Music, and Autism.’ The lecture will be held in our normal meeting room, HMU 125, at 4 pm. See you there!

Happy Independence Day!

Visiting Scholar – Dr. Tomie Hahn

Please join us next Thursday as we welcomes ethnomusicologist Dr. Tomie Hahn, Professor in the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, to our campus ! She will be giving a fascinating, interdisciplinary talk titled, “Bodies as field sights–considering the senses in research and performance,” that will discuss the intersections between embodiment and fieldwork. Please note that this event will be held at the Global and Multicultural Engagement Building, Room 2600, to encourage a more diverse scholarly audience. A reception will follow.

Abstract: In this presentation artist-scholar Tomie Hahn considers the relationship of creative arts and scholarly research. More specifically, after the “sensory turn” in contemporary scholarship, how might scholars, artists and performers approach interdisciplinary research differently? She asks: What might sensory insights teach us about culture, embodiment, and presence? How can we incorporate sensibilities into our research on culture, history, and the body? Considering the body as a field site, Hahn shares examples of her scholarly and creative work to illustrate points of departure.

Bio: Tomie Hahn is an artist and ethnomusicologist. She is a performer of shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), nihon buyo (Japanese traditional dance), and experimental performance. Tomie’s research spans a wide range of area studies and topics including: Japanese traditional performing arts, Monster Truck rallies, issues of display, the senses and transmission, gesture, and relationships of technology and culture. Her book, Sensational Knowledge: Embodying Culture through Japanese Dance was awarded the Alan P. Merriam prize (Society for Ethnomusicology). She is a Professor in the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she is also the Director of the Center for Deep Listening.

Hope to see you there!

Hahn Poster

2018 FSU Undergraduate Music Research Symposium

The Society for Musicology is excited to host this year’s FSU Undergraduate Music Research Symposium on Saturday, March 31st, from 9 AM to noon, in Longmire Recital Hall. Attendance is free, so come out to support our brilliant music majors and their research!

The schedule is as follows:

8:30 a.m. – Breakfast/Registration (outside Longmire Recital Hall)
Panel 1: Composer Studies (9:00 – 9:40 a.m.) Panel Chair: Caroline Bishop
9:00 a.m. – Elizabeth Frickey, “Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and the ‘Woman Composer’”
9:20 a.m. – Brennan Blotner, “Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues: Messages from the Other Shostakovich”

Break (9:40 – 10:00 a.m.)

Panel 2: Music in Educational Institutions (10:00 – 10:40 a.m.) Panel Chair: Carrie Danielson
10:00 a.m. – Casey Mindermann, “Gender Biases in the Music Classroom”
10:20 a.m. – Hannah Hetzel-Ebben, “The Choral Community Success Impacting Societal Success”

Break (10:40 – 11:00 a.m.)

Panel 3: 21st-Century Musical Analyses (11:00 – 11:20 a.m.) Panel Chair: Ryan Whittington
11:00 a.m. – Noah Nethery, “Classifying ‘Mozart’ or ‘Not Mozart’ Using Deep Neural Networks with Notated Music”

11:20 a.m. – 10 Minute Break/Paper Prize Committee Meeting
11:30 a.m. – Paper Prize Announcement/Presenter Photo


Guest Scholar – Dr. Aimée Boutin

Please join us this Thursday during SfM for a brilliant lecture by Dr. Aimée Boutin, Professor of French in the FSU French Department. Titled, “How Do We Hear the Past,” Dr. Boutin’s talk will be held in Longmire’s Conference Room, Room 204, to facilitate a riveting, interdisciplinary discussion. Hope to see you there!

Boutin New

Abstract: What did the past sound like? And how do we go about answering that question for eras that predate sound recording technology? In thinking about how we reconstruct or investigate the sonic past, I will address a number of methodological issues as well as advocate for an interdisciplinary approach to historical soundscapes.

Visiting Scholar – Dr. Stephan Pennington

The Society for Musicology is extremely excited to welcome Dr. Stephan Pennington, Director of Graduate Studies at Tufts University, to our campus this week! On Thursday 3/22 at 4 pm, he will be giving a talk in Lindsay Recital Hall titled “‘Details Baby Details’: Gender, Race, and Vocal Performance in The Crying Game.” The lecture is free and open to anyone who is interested, and a reception will follow in the KMU lounge. Hope to see you there!


Abstract: In 1992, Neil Jordan’s 1992 film The Crying Game, a thriller about the complicated love affair between an IRA soldier, Fergus, and a black British woman, Dil, was released, causing an uproar centered on the film’s “secret,” revealed in a full frontal visual shot, that Dil had a penis. The critical discourse around The Crying Game ranges widely, but often read the film as regressive, fixating on the figure of Dil, her penis, and her gender in order to do so. Problematically, the readings of Dil’s identity are almost exclusively visual or textual, ignoring that Dil is framed just as much by her voice as by her image. In this colloquium I re-read Dil’s identity through the introduction of audio into the visual, paying careful attention to the sound editing of Dil’s performance of the song “The Crying Game.” Re-reading Dil’s musical performance of self challenges the scopophilc readings of her as Object and opens up new ways of understanding not only the film The Crying Game, but also representations of trans/gender identity in the media at an important transition moment for transgender history.

Documentary Screening – Dr. Frank Gunderson

The WORLD PREMIERE screening of Dr. Frank Gunderson’s original documentary, Ng’oma – The Work of Our Clan, will take place during the SfM meeting tomorrow. The film focuses on Phillipo Barabara, a master drum-maker in the Sukuma region of  western Tanzania, and documents his process of making a bunuunguli ng’oma, or “procupine hunter drum.” It has been accepted for showings at two international festivals – MUSCAN Film Series in Saskatchawan Ontario and ETHNOGRAPH Film Festival in Paris.

Please join us in celebrating the hard work and talents of one of our very own faculty members, Dr. Frank Gunderson!

Frank Documentary