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Call for Papers

Society for Ethnomusicology Southern Plains (SEMSP) Annual Meeting

Saturday, April 9, 2022

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San Antonio, Texas

SEM Southern Plains chapter is pleased to announce a call for papers for its annual meeting. Liz Przybylski, Associate Professor of Music at the University of California Riverside will give a keynote address.

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Dr. Liz Przybylski is an interdisciplinary popular music scholar who specializes in hip hop in the United States and Canada. She is the author of Hybrid Ethnography (SAGE, 2020). Recent publications focus on her on- and off-line hybrid research in Indigenous hip hop as well as popular music pedagogy. An Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Riverside, she teaches courses on ethnographic methods, popular music, Indigenous music, and gender and sexuality studies. On radio, Liz hosted “Continental Drift” on WNUR and conducted interviews for programs including “At The Edge of Canada: Indigenous Research” on CJUM.

The Program Committee invites proposals in both English and Spanish from ethnomusicologists and related fields including anthropologists, music scholars, area studies, and/or from any disciplines engaged within, or around, the field of music and peoples. While paper proposals from established scholars are encouraged, those from graduate and undergraduate students are especially welcomed.

This year the conference will take place in a HyFlex format accommodated by OLLU. Presenters and attendees have the option of participating in person or virtually. Presenters have the following options for presentation mode: in person, online in a livestream format, or playing a pre-recorded video in live conference time.


Presentation format options include the following:

  • 20-minute presentation followed by 10-minute discussion
  • Organized panels or roundtables to include 3 or 4 presenters each (20 minutes per speaker followed by 10-minute discussion)
  • Music lecture/demos, teaching workshops, and/or performances (60 minutes)

Presentation modality options include the following:

  • In person
  • Livestream (presented remotely via video conferencing)
  • Pre-recorded video

For all formats, please submit an abstract of 250 words or less. Abstracts should clearly define the topic and/or theme to be discussed in the presentation. Note: For organized panels or roundtable discussions, proposals should include an abstract for the session as a whole, as well as one for each respective panel/roundtable participant. Proposals in both English and Spanish will be considered.

Each proposal should include the following in Word format:

  1. Title of Proposal
  2. Name of presenter
  3. Institution or other affiliation
  4. Abstract (250 words or less)
  5. Email address
  6. Mode of presentation (in person, livestream, pre-recorded video)
  7. Presentation requirements (meeting spaces are equipped with standard A/V technology)

Proposal Submission Extended Deadline: 11:59pm CST, Sunday, March 6, 2022
Via email: semsouthernplainschapter@gmail.com

Pre-Registration Fees (By March 22, 2022)

  • $10 Students
  • $20 Professional

Regular Registration Fees (After March 22, 2022)

  • $15 Students
  • $25 Professional

*Full-time students planning to attend in person that are interested in volunteering at the meeting will have their registration fee waived. Please contact Dr. Jessica C. Hajek, Program Head of Music at OLLU <jchajek@ollusa.edu> for more information*

Student participants are eligible for the Vida Chenoweth Student Paper Prize. More information on submission guidelines forthcoming.

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This year’s SEMSP Meeting coincides with the final weekend of Fiesta San Antonio! Check out the calendar of events for more information about the schedule – or the Parade & Events page for information about tickets for some events.

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