Archives for September2012

The AAA Meetings in San Francisco

We have organized the following activities for our members at the AAA meetings in San Francisco:

First of all, please do not forget to participate in our annual business meeting. It will take
place on Friday November 15, from 12:15 to 1:30PM in Union Square 17&18.

In addition, there are several music- and sound-related panels at the AAA meetings! Some of
these panels are:

• LABORING CREATIVELY. Wednesday, November 14, 2012: 8:00 PM-9:45 PM.
Chairs:  Aina Landsverk Hagen (Work Research Institute) and Leonore A Phillips
(University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)

• MUSIC, ART, NARRATIVE AND FICTION. Wednesday, November 14, 2012: 12:00
PM-1:45 PM. Chair: Sadiah Nynke Boonstra (Urije Universiteit)

• FROM LIGHT TO SOUND: EXPLORING PERCEPTIONS IN LANDSCAPE
AND SPATIAL STUDIES. Wednesday, November 14, 2012: 2:00 PM-3:45 PM. Chair: Kate
Galloway (Memorial University, Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media and Place)

• AUDIBLE OBSERVATORIES: CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICES IN
CONVERSATION WITH ANTHROPOLOGIES OF VOICE AND SOUND.
Thursday, November 15, 2012: 8:00 AM-9:45 AM. Organizer and Chair:  Stephanie Takaragawa
(Chapman University)

• AUDIBLE Observatories—Listening STATIONS (Inno-vents)
Friday, November 16, 2012: 5:00 PM-8:45 PM
Saturday, November 17, 2012: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
Sunday, November 18, 2012: 12:00 PM-9:00 PM
Organizer:
Craig AR Campbell (The University of Texas at Austin – Department of Anthropology)

• THE POLITICS OF PARTY MUSIC: BAY AREA BEATS, RHYMES AND
DANCE. Friday, November 16, 2012: 8:00 AM-9:45 AM. Chair: Dawn-Elissa Fischer (San
Francisco State University)

• SOUND, MEMORY, AND SETTLEMENT OF NATURAL AND MANMADE
DISASTERS. Saturday, November 17, 2012: 10:15 AM-12:00 PM. Chair:  Jennifer E.
McDowell (University of Pittsburgh)

• MUSIC, DIGITAL MATERIALITIES AND ETHNOGRAPHY. Saturday, November
17, 2012: 4:00 PM-5:45 PM. Organizers:  Georgina E Born PhD (University of Oxford) and
Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier (University of Victoria). Chair: Alexandrine Boudreault-

Fournier (University of Victoria)

There are also a very sizable number of individual papers that discuss music and sound
from diverse perspectives. We encourage you to peruse the preliminary program for more
information on those sessions. If a member of MSIG would like us to post information
about their session or paper on our website, or to send a general message to the list about it,
please let us know!

This year, we have organized a series of fascinating events outside the traditional AAA
venues. The MSIG will organize two interrelated initiatives to encourage AAA attendees
to engage more deeply with the sonic and music-social landscapes of San Francisco and the
Bay Area. First, we will be offering conference “dance cards,” a handy checklist of music
and dance events going on in SF during the time of the conference. We are working on
compiling the information for these cards, securing the funds to print them, and arranging
to have them included in the conference packets. Secondly, we will be inviting some of
the artists and promoters behind the events on the “dance cards” to join us for a panel or
brown-bag lunch somewhere close to the conference site. The precise theme for the panel
will be announced later, once we have confirmed the panelists, but the broader theme
consists of the pleasures and challenges of making musical nightlife happen in the Bay Area.
The organizers of these events are Luis-Manuel Garcia and Ali Colleen Neff.

For more information on these activities, please visit our webpage in October. We will also
send you an email with updates on the activities and venues connected to this event.

MSIG News and Requests

Volunteers to Create a Listserve

We are looking for volunteers interested in creating and running a listserve for MSIG.
Jerry and Carla are only able to send one message per month to the MSIG membership.
Clearly, this limits our possibilities for extended communication, and we hope to remedy this
limitation with a listserve.

If you are interested in contributing to MSIG in this matter, please do let us know!

Our new MSIG-SEM Liaison

As of last month, David Novak has been officially appointed the MSIG-SEM liaison.
He replaces John Chernoff, with whom he has been working closely to maximize our
effectiveness within SEM. David’s email is [email protected]

Looking for Candidates for MSIG Co-convener

Carla will end her term as MSIG convener at the end of the AAA meetings in San Francisco.
At the business meeting, Jerry will become the MSIG convener, and we will appoint a new
co-convener. At this point, we invite any MSIG member to apply for the position of co-
convener.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please send us a short email
message with a short paragraph indicating your research projects as well as the reasons for

your interest in this position. The deadline to send this information is November 1. Our
emails are [email protected] and [email protected]