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Society for Ethnomusicology, Midwest Chapter
Bowling Green, OH, April 2005

APRIL 1-3, 2005

The Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (MIDSEM) will hold its annual
meeting April 1-3, 2005, at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
The MIDSEM program committee invites SEM members and others interested in the field
of ethnomusicology to submit proposals of no more than 250 words for papers, panels,
film/video screenings, and workshops. Papers or panels will be in the standard
30-minute format (20 minute presentation, 10 minute discussion); alternative formats
are invited.  Tentative conference themes include Local Cultures, Recent Developments
in Ethnomusicology, Popular Music, and Emergent Communities (all broadly construed),
though all themes and topics are welcome. The conference encourages student abstracts
and participation. The JaFran Jones award will be awarded for best student paper, a
student concerns committee will meet, and extensive student "crash space" will be

Dr. Ellen Koskoff, professor of ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music, will
deliver the keynote address, titled "Out in Left Field: Changes in Ethnomusicology,
1990-2005." We have tentatively planned special workshops (Ghanaian drumming, West
African gyil xylophone, Tejano, Midwest Old Time) featuring guest artists.  
Superstar archivist Bill Schurk has agreed to give a tour to select interested
attendees of Bowling Green's collection of popular music and culture, the largest
such collection in the world.

The conference will begin on Friday, April 1, at 8 p.m. with World Percussion Night,
a free concert featuring BGSU's Balinese gamelan, Afro-Caribbean Ensemble, and Korean
drum-dancers. The concert will be followed by an informal, light reception. Paper
sessions and panels will be held on Saturday morning (4/2) and afternoon, and Sunday
morning (4/3). The keynote address and business meeting will take place on Saturday
afternoon. Saturday night will feature entertainment by local Latino music
phenomenon, La Revancha.,

Abstracts should include the name(s) of presenter(s), institutional affiliation,
title of presentation, description of presentation (100-250 words), and specific
equipment requirements and any additional information.

These should be sent by e-mail to:

Steven Cornelius

Abstracts are due by January 31, 2005. Decisions on submissions will be made by March
1, 2005. Contact David Harnish (419-372-8487; for any
further information. Conference announcements with lodging and direction information
will be sent in February. Bowling Green is located about 20 miles south of Toledo
(the nearest airport), 75 miles from Detroit, 100 miles from Cleveland, and 120 miles
from Columbus.

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