Stanley Pelkey Presentation

Pelkey Poster 3Dr. Stanley Pelkey, Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Entrepreneurship at FSU, will be speaking to SfM on Thursday, October 15. His lecture is titled “Lewis Mumford, the Megamachine, and Music in Science Fiction Television.” This event will be held in Longmire 201 from 4:00-5:00pm. A reception will follow in the KMU lounge. All are welcome!

[Call for Papers] AMS-Southern

Meeting Information:

The Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Music and Fine Arts will host the 2016 annual meeting of the American Musicological Society Southern Chapter on February 19-20. The paper sessions will be held in the Helen K. Persson Recital Hall on the first floor of the Vera Lea Rinker Music and Fine Arts Building, located on Acacia Rd., just off Dixie Hwy (US 1), south of Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL. Driving directions and a campus map can be found at Information about parking will be included in the January Newsletter. Blocks of rooms have been set aside at the Hyatt West Palm Beach/Downtown (walking distance to campus) (561-655-1454, $239.00/night; rooms held until Jan. 10, please reserve early). Information about amenities, conference rates, procedures for making reservations, and alternative accommodations is posted on our chapter website. Inquiries relating to local arrangements may be sent to Michael O’Connor at

Call for Papers:

To submit a proposal for the chapter meeting, send an abstract as an email attachment in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx extension) to the Abstracts Editor, Joseph Sargent, at The Abstracts Editor will remove the names from the proposals and submit them anonymously to the program committee. Submissions must be received by Friday, November 20, 2015, 6 p.m (EST). Abstracts should be double-spaced, no longer than 350 words, and should indicate all equipment needs; if a piano is needed, this need should be stated explicitly. Papers as read should not exceed 20 minutes.

Important: All presenters must be members in good standing of both the AMS and the Southern Chapter. Once the Program Committee has selected a preliminary list of presenters, the Program Chair will forward the names to the national office to ensure membership is current before sending out responses to those who have submitted proposals. 2 Please consider the following guidelines for abstracts as published in the national AMS Newsletter: Abstracts should represent the talk as fully as possible. Successful abstracts typically state the specific research findings, substantiate them, and indicate their significance. Abstracts should make clear what is already known and what is new in the proposal. The Program Committee generally will fault abstracts that merely allude to findings or conclusions (Vol. 30, No. 2, August 2000, p. 13).

[Call for Papers] “The Engine Room,” SEMSEC Annual Meeting 2016

The Society for Ethnomusicology, Southeast and Caribbean Chapter​ (SEMSEC), is pleased to announce the call for proposals for its 2016 annual meeting, to be held at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad, on Friday March 4 through Sunday, March 6, 2016.
Keynote Address: Dr. Hollis Liverpool, a.k.a. “Mighty Chalkdust”
The program committee welcomes proposals on any and all music-related topics. We especially encourage submissions that engage in some way with our selected title,“The Engine Room.” We selected this title partially to celebrate one of the rich musical cultures of our host country (“The Engine Room” is a local term for the non-pitched rhythm instruments used in a steel pan ensemble) and our interest in featuring research on local and regional music cultures. But we also find the term a productive metaphor for several broader concerns in the study of music cultures:
Materialities of music-making: By drawing on a language of technology, the term “Engine Room” is suggestive of the ways that musicians engage with technologies  both as physical tools and as metaphors for musical and social meaning. How do the material technologies of music making shape musical practice, aesthetics, or meaning?
Music and space: “The Engine Room” also draws our attention to the ways that particular areas of the pan yard map onto particular tasks and socio-musical identities. How does musical activity (re)produce, use, or contest, cultural space(s)?
Divisions of musical labor:  “The Engine Room” provides us with a model for the division of musical labor within a single ensemble. What are the relationships between the ways that kinds of musical labor are performed and the bodies, identities,and  subjects that perform them? What are the ramifications of these divisions and power, capital or other concerns?
The Program Committee welcomes proposals from scholars working in a wide range of fields including musicology, music education, music theory, dance, art history, political science, anthropology, sociology, area studies, media studies, folklore, performance studies, and popular culture. Proposals from graduate and undergraduate students are particularly encouraged.
Proposed submissions should indicate one of the following formats:
  • individual scholarly papers (20-minute presentation, 10-minute discussion)
  • organized panels of 3 or 4 papers, or 3 papers and a discussant
  • forum/roundtable-format discussions linked to conference themes
  • other creative presentations or workshops involving performance, scholarship, and discussion.
Submission guidelines
Please include the following with all proposals:
  • Name
  • Presentation title
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • Phone number
For individual scholarly papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words. Abstracts should clearly indicate a central argument, research methodology, and conclusions. Abstracts that exceed the word limit will not be considered.
Each member of an organized panel must submit an individual paper proposal (see submission guidelines below for individual scholarly papers) and the panel chair/organizer must submit a panel abstract of no more than 150 words. Organizers of forum/roundtables should submit an abstract of no more than 150 words detailing the central theme, purpose, and scope of the forum, with a preliminary list of participants. The suggested forum format is 90-minutes, with four to six panelists including a discussant; other options will be considered. Abstracts that exceed the word limit will not be considered.
E-mail all proposals as attachments in MS Word (.doc or .docx) format by midnight on Sunday, November 1 5PM EST to Michael O’Brien, program chair (