The Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology


Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology

2012 Annual Meeting


Saturday April 14


Tufts University, Medford Campus

Granoff Music Center


Sponsored by the Music Department of Tufts University.

Local Arrangements Chaired by Rich Jankowsky


8:30-8:45 Registration, coffee (lobby)

8:45-10:45 First Paper Sessions

Session 1A: Musicultural Cross-pollinations and Adaptations (Rm. 155)

     Chair:  Damascus Kafumbe, Middlebury College


8:45-9:15     Violin in Carnatic and Western Classical Music Traditions

Nicole Hansen,  Middlebury College

9:15-9:45     Capoeira: Music and Dance of Resistance and Brotherhood

Taylor Bickford, Middlebury College

9:45-10:15   Isicathamiya: Missionary Influence on South African Acappella Music

Catherine Charnov, Middlebury College

10:15-10:45 Watoto Child Care Ministries: An Examination of Orphan Choirs in Uganda

Hannah Dietrich, Middlebury College


Session 1B: Interaction and Hierarchy within Four Musical Communities (Distler Recital Hall)

Chair: David Pruett, Univeristy of Massachusetts Boston

8:45-9:15    Musicking in Cyberspace: Creating Music and Fostering Community through a Virtual Choir

Melanie Armstrong, Tufts University

9:15-9:45    Negotiating and Validating Immigrant Identity: Samba at Somerville High

Christiana Usenza, Tufts University

9:45-10:15  Timing and Groove in Irish Traditional Music and Dance

Samantha Jones, Boston University

10:15-10:45 Cat and Mouse: Music and Discipline in Traditional Dagbamba Society

Karl Haas, Boston University


10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Second Paper Sessions

Session 2A: Theories of Sound and Sensation (Rm. 155)

Chair: Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Bowdoin College

11:00-11:30   Tuning, Timbre, and Temporality As A Modality of Being: Aesthetics of Tension   

  in Moroccan Gnawa Music

  Tamara Turner, Tufts University

11:30-12:00   Writing with Sound: Composing a Philosophy that Listens

 Justin Patch, Emmanuel College


Session 2B: Musical Encounters – Bali/USA (Distler Recital Hall)

Chair: Brita Heimarck, Boston University

11:00-11:30   Another American Gamelan in Bali: A portrait of Three Performance Events

  Ellen Lueck, Wesleyan University

11:30-12:00   Slendro/Pelog: Experiments in Composition

  Dewa Ketut Alit, MIT

With Jody Diamond, Harvard University


12-1  Lunch on your own

1:15 Coffee (lobby)

1:00-1:30 Student Concerns Meeting (Distler)


 1:30-2:30 Business Meeting (Distler)

2:30-4:00 Third Paper Sessions


Session 3A: Ethno Tech Talk: Roundtable Discussion (Rm. 155)

Chair: Eric Galm, Trinity College

2:30-4:00    Ethno Tech Talk: A Conversation about Applied Technology within Ethnomusicology

Eric Galm, Trinity College; David Locke, Tufts

  University; and Wayne Marshall, Brandeis University


Session 3B: Time and Place in American Music (Rm. 271)

Chair: Patrick Wood Uribe, Boston University

2:30-3:00    Poetry and Commerce in the American Song-Poem Industry

Francesca Inglese, Brown University

3:00-3:30    Marsalism, the B-Minor Madrigal, This Old House, and Slow Food: Advancing

                      Retro-Performativity in the 1980s

 David Kjar, Boston University

3:30-4:00    When Raga Meets Jazz: Contemporary Fusions of Hindustani, Carnatic & Jazz


  Tom Greenland, Independent Scholar


4:00-6:00 Fourth Paper Sessions

Session 4A: Music and the Politics of Self and Nation (Rm. 155)

Chair: Marié Abe, Boston University

4:00-4:30     No More Ch’angjak Kugak for Kugak’s Sake: In Search of Individuality Against

 National Identity

   Stephanie Choi, Wesleyan University

4:30-5:00    White Skin, Black Masks? Expressions of Identity in the Work of South African

             Rave-Rap Crew 'Die Antwoord'

    Warrick Moses, Harvard University

5:00-5:30    Çeçen Kızı: Tracing a Tune through the Ottoman Ecumene

     Panayoatis League, Boston University

5:30-6:00    Sounding dissidence: Retrospective resistance and postsocialist governance in 1990s


    Nick Tochka, Stony Brook University


Session 4B: Authenticity and Identity in a Transcultural Landscape (Rm. 271)

Chair: Bill Boyer, Dartmouth College

4:00-4:30   Mediating Between Irish Diasporic Communities and ‘Imagined Ireland’: An

                    Analysis of The Yellow Bittern: The Life and Times of Liam Clancy

   Colin Harte, University of Florida

4:30-5:00   Balancing the Authentic and the Exotic: Representing Musicians in the World Music


    Aleysia Whitmore, Brown University

5:00-5:30   Dancing the Past in the Present: Tourism and Cultural Transmission

    Colleen Ortiz, Boston University

5:30-6:00   Hybrid Musical Relations in the Bohemian Lands: Deciphering Transculturalism

    Ulrike Prager, Boston University


6:00-6:30 Keynote Address: “OTTOMAN/TURKISH MUSIC IN BYZANTINE NEUMES: Documenting Musical Evolution in Oral Tradition.” (Rm. 155)

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, Dünya, Emerson College, and Brown University
with Robert Labaree, New England Conservatory

6:30 Announcement of Prize Awards (Rm. 155)

6:40-7:30 Reception with Turkish Music Performance by Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, Robert Labaree, and Panayotis League of Dunya (Remis Sculpture Court)

7:00-8:00 Dinner on your own

8:00-10:00 Performance by Rinengga Sih Tentrem, Tufts Gamelan Ensemble, and the Boston Village Gamelan under the direction of Barry Drummond. Guest artists include I.M. Harjito and Sumarsam of Wesleyan University. (Distler Recital Hall, free concert)


NECEM Officers: Brita Heimarck, President; David Pruett, Vice President; Fran Wildeboor, Secretary; Peter Kvetko, Treasurer; Garrett Field, Website Editor; Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Member-At-Large; and Corinna Campbell, Student Representative.




The Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology invites students, teachers, and devotees of ethnomusicology to submit abstracts for its annual meeting to be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Tufts University in Medford, MA.

Proposals for individual papers, panels, discussions and lecture/performance demonstrations are welcome. We also invite proposals for short presentations by musical ensembles (please include an audio attachment or CD of one or two pieces). Students and scholars in all branches of music scholarship and related disciplines are encouraged to participate.

Papers will be limited to a maximum of 20 minutes. An abstract (250 words maximum), together with anticipated audio/visual and other technological requirements, should be emailed by Friday, March 9, 2012 to: Brita Heimarck, NECSEM 2012, at Participants with accepted proposals will be notified by March 20, 2012.

NECSEM now awards two memorial prizes for outstanding papers presented by students at the chapter meeting: The Lise Waxer Prize (undergraduate) and the James T. Koetting Prize (graduate). Students whose proposals have been accepted may for the appropriate prize by submitting their completed paper via email to Brita Heimarck at by Wednesday, April 4, 2012 (please indicate the prize for which you are applying). Any questions regarding the meeting can be directed to

We look forward to seeing you on April 14 at Tufts University!

NECEM Officers: Brita Heimarck, President; David Pruett, Vice President; Fran Wildeboor, Secretary; Peter Kvetko, Treasurer; Corinna Campbell, Student Representative; Garrett Field, Website Editor, and Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Member-At-Large.  


Click this link to see the NECSEM Program for the Annual Meeting 2011