MACSEM: The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology

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Welcome to MACSEM, a member chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). Founded in 1955, the SEM promotes the research, study, and performance of music in its cultural, social, and political contexts.   MACSEM was established in 1981 and includes members from the states of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey,  New York, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia.


MACSEM 2019 Final Pre-Conference Announcement:
Please register online today, Friday April 5, to avoid last minute registration on Saturday morning. We will only be able to accept cash registration fees at the conference.
Register online by PayPal at the bottom of this page. 

MACSEM 2019 Program Has Been Posted!  (or click here to go directly to program, final updated version of April 4, 2019)

MACSEM 2019 Information Page

MACSEM 2019 Conference Accommodations Info Posted  NOTE: you are urged to book by MARCH 18, 2019 for the conference discounted rate! 

MACSEM 2019 Keynote Speaker:
KAREN SHIMAKAWA, Associate Professor of Performance Studies at Tisch School of Arts, New York University

Saturday 6 April, 5-6:30pm, Lang Music Building

Title: Catastrophic Sounds: Animacy and Equivalence  

2018 MACSEM Prize News:

* MACSEM congratulates the 2018 Lorna D'Acosta McDaniel Prize winner for best undergraduate student paper, Joshua Kerobo (American University) for his paper, “'Pleasing Allah' while 'Obsessed with Frank Ocean': Negotiations of Music and Islam in the West."

* MACSEM congratulates the 2018 Pantaleoni Prize winner for best graduate student paper, Allie Martin (Indiana University and Smithsonian Institution) for her paper, “What's Happening, CC? Sonic Gentrification in Washington, DC." 

* MACSEM Selects 2018-19 Officers

  • President: Shalini Ayyagari, University of Pittsburgh
  • Vice-President: Siv Lie, University of Maryland, College Park 
  • Secretary: Brendan Kibbee, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Treasurer: Ben Jackson, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Student Representative: Yang Shuo, University of Pittsburgh