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MACSEM 2014 Annual Meeting - University of Pennsylvania, March 29-30, 2014

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Please note that this page is an archive of the 2014 annual meeting; the deadlines and information here are now expired. Stay tuned to this site for news about MACSM's 2015 meeting and the call for papers for that meeting!

The 2014 annual meeting of MACSEM will take place on March 29-30, 2014 at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA

MACSEM 2014 Keynote Speaker:
Kate Pourshariati

Keynote Title: FILM SOUND/SOUND FILM: Some preliminary notes on the histories of sound in documentary and ethnographic film.

Download the Full Conference Program (PDF).

(recommended by the local arrangements committee)

$139/night @ Homewood Suites by Hilton - University City
4109 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

3549 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Keynote Speaker Bio:
Kate Pourshariati is a film archivist at the Penn Museum where she works with a range of culturally and historically significant motion picture films, dating from 1913 to the 1990s. Kate has been involved with restoration of (likely) the first documentary sound film, Matto Grosso, the Great Brazilian Wilderness (1931), the seminal series Navajo Film Themselves (1966) and Native Life in the Philippines (1913). In addition to the cataloging, restoration and digitization of films, she has been working with source communities to share back the Museum's historic film materials for re-interpretation and revision. Most recently, she has been curating cultural documentary screenings at the Museum, including a new occasional series called Live From the Archives! which consists of films made using Museum archival footage. Kate studied visual anthropology with several principal filmmakers of the field; Jean Rouch, Richard Leacock, and Tim Asch, at Harvard. Among other works, she has written on the film works and photographs of the anthropologist Frank Speck, for an upcoming festschrift. She is currently also working with the Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson films of Bali and Papua New Guinea for the Library of Congress.
For a preview or background on the topic of the talk, please visit the Matto Grosso site.

More information can be found on MACSEM's Facebook page.

U Penn Dept of Music
Call for papers (deadline now expired):
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology ( ) will hold its annual meeting between March 28-30, 2014 at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. The Program Committee invites proposals from ethnomusicologists as well as music scholars working in related fields, including historical musicology, anthropology, media studies, folklore, performance studies, and cultural studies. Graduate and undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts. MACSEM awards the Hewitt Pantaleoni Prize each year to the best student paper delivered at the annual meeting.
Options for presentations include scholarly papers (20-minute presentation,10-minute discussion), organized panels of three or four papers, poster sessions, lecture-demonstrations, film/video screenings, and workshops. Paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Those proposing panels should submit one 200-word abstract for the entire panel as well as individual abstracts for each presenter. Please include with your proposal: the name(s) of the presenter(s), institutional affiliation(s), title of presentation, format of presentation (paper, panel, poster, workshop, etc.), A/V equipment requirements, e-mail address, and phone number.

Please send abstracts by e-mail to: Fernando Rios (Program Committee Chair) at, with the subject line: MACSEM 2014 Proposal Submission.

*Deadline:* February 9, 2014 (Early submissions are strongly encouraged!)

Notifications will be made by the end of February.
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