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UK to host Society for Ethnomusicology Midwest Chapter April 1-3

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (March 30, 2022) — From Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3, the University of Kentucky’s Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology will host the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (MIDSEM) with a hybrid of in-person and virtual presentations.

The conference will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1 at the John Jacob Niles Gallery, with a virtual performance and discussion featuring musical guests, AppalAsia. This event is co-sponsored by the UK Appalachian Center & Appalachian Studies Program, the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, Passport to the World’s Year of Cultures Without Borders, the Gaines Center for the Humanities and the Office of China Initiatives. It is presented in association with the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology. For more information visit: https://www.as.uky.edu/appalasia

Britain’s Donna Lee Kwon, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, has been named MIDSEM President, and third-year student Hada Jang has been named Student Representative for 2022. In the spring of each year, MIDSEM meets to their annual meeting which includes presentations, panels, performances and socializing opportunities. Each year, the chapter awards the JaFran Jones Award to the best student paper presented at the annual meeting.

This year’s MIDSEM keynote address, “Arousing sense – embodying transmission and research”, will be given by Tomie Hahn, President of the Society for Ethnomusicoloy from 3-4pm on Saturday April 2, presented via Zoom, streaming in the Niles Gallery. Hahn is an ethnomusicologist and interpreter of shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), nihon buyo (traditional Japanese dance) and experimental performances. She is Emeritus Professor of Performance Ethnology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2008, her book, “Sensational Knowledge: Embodying Culture through Japanese Dance” (Wesleyan University Press), received the Alan P. Merriam Award from the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Also on Saturday, following Hahn’s keynote, a panel discussion on “Decolonizing the Musical Ensemble” will be held from 4:30-6:00 p.m., presented at the Niles Gallery, streaming on Zoom, with Jon Silpayamanant (Indiana University Southeast), Angela Scharfenberger (Louisville Folk School), Thomas Turino (Emeritus, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), Stefan Fiol (University of Cincinnati), Elizabeth DiSavino (Berea College), Emmanuel Stokes (Berea College), and Sam Gleaves (Berea College). Participants are invited to stay after the roundtable for an open jam session starting at 7 p.m.

The Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (MIDSEM) is a chapter organization of the Society for Ethnomusicology. The Society was founded in 1955 to promote research, study and interpretation of musical behavior in its cultural, social and political contexts.

Pre-registration is required before April 1st. For more details on the MIDSEM 2022 conference, visit https://midsem.wordpress.com/.

For more information on the UK School of Music’s World Music Ensembles, visit https://finearts.uky.edu/music/world-music.