Indiana University hosting Society for Ethnomusicology's annual meeting in Indianapolis

Nov. 4, 2013


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University will serve as the host institution for the 58th Annual Meeting of Society for Ethnomusicology, taking place Nov. 14 to 17 in Indianapolis.
Close to 1,000 scholars, public practitioners and students from across the world are expected to gather at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, 350 W. Maryland St., for more than 400 paper presentations, roundtables, workshops, film screenings and other events.
Sherry Ortner, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, will deliver this year's Charles Seeger Lecture, the society's keynote address.
The conference’s local arrangements committee, chaired by professor of folklore and ethnomusicology Mellonee Burnim, includes full-time and affiliate faculty from IU Bloomington’s Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana State University and Wabash College, with the additional support of student volunteers from these and many other schools.
The committee has organized an extraordinary range of concerts for the event, including performances by the IU Soul Revue; Sogbety Diomande’s West African Drum and Dance Ensemble; Southern Indiana Pipes and Drums; Jiridón, a Bloomington-based ensemble that combines West African and Latin American music; Wabash College’s Wamidan World Music Ensemble; Ghanaian xylophonist Bernard Woma; and a gospel choir under the leadership of Sherri Garrison, minister of music at Eastern Star Church in Indianapolis.
On Nov. 13, a pre-conference symposium, "Music and Global Health: Toward Collaborative Paradigms," will take place in the Lilly Auditorium, 755 W. Michigan St., at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The symposium aims to integrate the expertise of humanities scholars with the needs of medical researchers, in an effort to more effectively address health inequalities.
More information on the program, special events, accommodations and registration for the Society for Ethnomusicology 2013 Annual Meeting is available on the conference website. Registration can be done online through Nov. 4 and at the conference location beginning Nov. 13.
The Society for Ethnomusicology was founded in 1955 to promote the research, study and performance of music in all historical periods and cultural contexts. A member of the American Council of Learned Societies since 1966, the society is the largest ethnomusicological organization in the world, with about 1,700 individual members and 850 institutional members from six continents.
In addition to its annual meeting, the Society for Ethnomusicology organizes 10 regional conferences each year, publishes the premier journal in the field, Ethnomusicology, awards scholarly prizes and engages in a variety of special projects to advance academic and public understanding of all forms of music.
Since 1988, the Society for Ethnomusicology has been based at IU Bloomington, where it has maintained close ties with the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology (within the College of Arts and Sciences) and Archives of Traditional Music, while also contributing to the university’s strengths in music, anthropology, languages and area studies.
“The society is very grateful for the strong support received from IU Bloomington for the past 25 years,” said society executive director Stephen Stuempfle. “The co-presence of the Society for Ethnomusicology and a major academic ethnomusicology program at Bloomington continues to define the campus as an international center for the study of the world’s music.”
IU Bloomington has been a center for the study of ethnomusicology since the 1940s. The current Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology includes 15 full-time faculty, a wide range of affiliated scholars and over 200 graduate and undergraduate students.
Ethnomusicological research and courses in the department address such topics as music and cognition, performance, aesthetics, religion, politics, social identity, health, violence, media, migration and cultural heritage, with particular strengths in the study of musical traditions of Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, East Asia and African Americans.
The department is also a leader in public and applied ethnomusicology, as pursued in archives, museums, record companies and other institutions. In 2010, the department was ranked first among 63 non-performance music programs in the National Research Council’s Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs.
Funding for the conference is provided by the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs, the IU Alumni Association, the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, University Graduate School, Department of African American and Africa Diaspora Studies, African Studies Program, Jacobs School of Music, The Lou and Sybil Mervis Chair in the Study of Jewish Culture, Archives of Traditional Music, and Archives of African American Music and Culture.
Support for the pre-conference symposium is provided through a New Frontiers/New Currents Grant from the IU Office of the Vice President for Research and from the IUPUI Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program, the IU Center for Global Health, the IU Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and the IU Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology.