The Society for Ethnomusicology is pleased to announce the launch of Sound Matters: The SEM Blog. Hosted on the SEM website, the
blog offers content on a variety of subjects related to music, sound,
and ethnomusicology. SEM seeks lively and accessible posts that provide
both stimulating short-form reading for ethnomusicologists
and outreach to readers beyond the academy. We encourage authors to
consider this forum a unique opportunity to transcend the boundaries of
traditional print journals with brief works that integrate hyperlinks
and multimedia examples. All content will be peer-reviewed.
The inaugural post for Sound Matters is
"From Scholarship to Activism in Zimbabwe,” by Jennifer Kyker of the
University of Rochester. In this multimedia document, Professor Kyker
examines how music and dance are critical to the work of a non-profit
organization in Zimbabwe called
Tariro, which supports education for teenaged girls and HIV/AIDS prevention.
SEM greatly appreciates the work of the Sound Matters Editorial
Advisory Board: James R. Cowdery, Chair (RILM); Nilanjana Bhattacharjya
(Arizona State University); Rachel Colwell (University of California at
Berkeley); Sandra Graham (Babson College);
and Frederick Moehn (King’s College London).