Published: February 28, 2012

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Left to right: Robert Garfias, Anthony Seeger, Aaron Bittel. Photo: Helen Rees

Several UCLA faculty, students, librarians, and alumni participated in the 46th annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology Southern California and Hawai’i Chapter (SEMSCHC), which took place on Saturday, February 25 at Loyola Marymount University. A roundtable entitled “For Better Ethnomusicology and a Better World, Archive It!” organized by Professor Anthony Seeger and Archivists Aaron Bittel and Maureen Russell, included presentations by Bittel, alumnus Robert Garfias (Ph.D. ‘65), and Seeger (“Audiovisual Archives and the Past, Present, and Future of Ethnomusicology”); UCLA alumnus Kevin Miller (Ph.D. ’08) and graduate students Eleanor Lipat-Chesler and Eric Schmidt (“Students and Archives”); and Archivist Maureen Russell, Professor Helen Rees, and Professor Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje (“Planning Your Preliminary Research, Fieldwork Methods for Archival Usefulness, and Post-Fieldwork Collection Building”).

Alumnus Bernard Ellorin (B.A. ’03; currently at UH Manoa) presented a paper entitled “From the Kulingtan to the Electronic Keyboard: Bajau Laut and Contemporary Music in the Sulu Archipelago and Sabah.” Alumnus Chris Aplin (Ph.D. ’10) presented a paper entitled “War Dance: Militarism and Meaning in 19th Century Apachean Song.”  Professor Timothy Taylor chaired a session entitled “Activism,” in which current graduate student Rebecca Dirksen presented a paper, “Zafè Fatra (The Affair of Trash): Haitian Musicians on Speaking up and Acting out to Clear Haiti’s Streets of Rubbish.” Graduate student Lauren Poluha presented a paper entitled “L’Esprit d'Afrique: Expanding Notions of African Diasporic Identity and Spirituality.”

For more information go to: SEMSCHC 2012 Program


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Left to right: Maureen Russell, Aaron Bittel, Helen Rees,
Kevin Miller, Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, Eric Schmidt,
Eleanor Lipat-Chesler, Robert Garfias, Anthony Seeger.
Photo: Jessie Vallejo