The Popular Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology

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2019 David Sanjek Lecture

K-pop: The Diasporic Dancing Body

A Talk by Chuyun Oh


Facilitated by global social media, K-pop becomes a platform for exploring alternative identities among global youth. This keynote speech addresses the diasporic imagery of "home" in K-pop fandom based on Dr. Oh's ethnographic fieldwork and interviews with K-pop cover dance groups since 2015. By adapting K-pop choreography, lyric, fashion, makeup, and fandom culture, they migrate K-pop dance to their space and construct nostalgic, hybridized, alternative cultural identities. They challenge the localized notion of racialized and gendered norms, build a sense of community, and perform multiple personae while experiencing a process of becoming with alter egos. Their cultural adaption and embodiment of K-pop extends and traverses the location of cultural identity within fixed geography. 

2017 David Sanjek Lecture

Feminista Hip Hop/Futurismo Feminista: Sumak Kawsai/Buen Vivir/Living Right in the Americas

A Talk by Michelle Habell-Pallán


What might a feminista futurism sound like? By focusing on an encuentro & dialogue called “Feminista Hip Hop/Futurismo Feminista” that took place in Quito, Ecuador in Summer 2017, this paper accounts for current Andean feminista examples of collective hip hop music-based mobilizations that provide alternative practices of “Sumak Kawsai/Buen Vivir/The Good Life.” It discusses ways that music and digital media bring about new ways of collective being, while building participatory communities and music within and beyond national borders. This paper understands music production and listening as sites of engagement that can produce and/or challenge social structures of equity. As a method, it pushes on narrative frameworks that naturalize the absence of women of color and Chicanx and Latin Americanx musical movements in music scholarship, and tracks music practices and politics that move us into the good life.

2016 David Sanjek Lecture

Art of praCh

A Talk by praCh


2015 David Sanjek Lecture

Planetary Perspectives: Pop Music as Viewed from a Distant Galaxy

A Talk by Lenny Kaye


2014 David Sanjek Lecture

Justice For Mike Brown vs The Silence of the Lambs, or Why Black Popular Kulcha's Current Elite are Too Sold-out, Skeered and Glitch-assed to Soundtrack the Revolution in Ferguson, Mo.

A Talk by Greg Tate


2013 Prize Winners

Lise Waxer Prize

Meredith Schweig 
“That's a Rap?: Imagining the Multiple Origins of Taiwan Hip-Hop.”

Photo (from left to right):
Jennifer Milito Matsue, Meredith Schweig (winner)

Richard Waterman Prize

Andrew Eisenberg
"Hip-hop and Cultural Citizenship on Kenya’s Swahili Coast"

2013 PMSSEM Lecture


How the Smart Kids Study Popular Music, or Why Are There No Papers on Katy Perry?

A Talk by Elijah Wald

Elijah Wald is a musician and writer who has been performing since the 1970s and writing since the early 1980s, originally as roots and world music reporter for the Boston Globe, then doing a wide variety of book and album projects. His eleven books include Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas; Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues; Global Minstrels: Voices of World Music; and How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music. He has won multiple awards, including a 2002 Grammy, and is currently completing a doctoral dissertation at Tufts University on New Mexico Hispanic music and Los Angeles banda rap, tentatively titled Reinventing Ranchera. For more information, his web page is

2012 Prize Winners

Lise Waxer Prize

Tony Dumas 
“Metaphors of Emotion and the Commodification of Flamenco in Northern America.”

Photo (from left to right):
Jennifer Milito Matsue, Tony Dumas (winner) and Joshua Duchan (chair)

Richard Waterman Prize

Ellen Gray
"Fado's City."
In Anthropology and Humanism, 36.2 (December 2011): 141-163.

Jonathan Ritter
"Chocolate, Coconut, and Honey: Race, Music, and the Politics of Hybridity in the Ecuadorian Black Pacific."
In Popular Music and Society, 35.5 (December 2011): 571-592.

Photo (from left to right):
Jennifer Milito Matsue, Jonathan Ritter (winner), and Gordon Thompson (chair)

2012 PMSSEM Lecture


Official Launch of the New Wiki

As some of you may have noticed in the recent discussion regarding hip-hop sources, we have been working on updating the PMSSEM website through And I must first thank Trevor Harvey for his tremendous work designing the new webpage!! The webpage for PMSSEM maintained by SEM is now streamlined to facilitate updating and all detailed information will only be maintained on the new PMSSEM wiki website.

Please visit the updated website at (the older "tamu" based site has been closed, though anyone who visits that address will be directed to the new site for the time being.) Anyone can navigate the wiki website, but you must register with and join the PMSSEM website if you wish to upload Bibliographies, create links, or edit your entry in the Member Directory (see below).

Joining the PMSSEM Wiki
To become a member of the PMSSEM wiki, please go to the "Members" menu and open the Becoming a Member page, or paste the following into your browser address bar:

From the Becoming a Member page, select the "Join" button located about halfway down the page.

A new window will open requesting that you create a new Wikidot account. If you already have a account, you may sign in, otherwise fill out the form to create a new Wikidot account. After completing the registration, will send you a verification email to complete your registration with the service. Once this registration process is complete, you should verify your membership with the PMSSEM wiki by going again to the Becoming a Member page. If the "Join" button is no longer visible, you have successfully joined the PMSSEM wiki. You may have to refresh the page, but should be good to go!

Updating the Membership Directory
In the process of transferring information, we realized that the entries for most individuals in the Member Directory were seriously out of date and decided therefore not to transfer them. Rather, we invite PMS Members to create a new entry in the Member Directory that you may edit on your own as your circumstances and/or interests change. Please note that you may make an entry in the Member Directory without registering for Wikidot and joining the PMSSEM website, but you will not be able to update the entry on your own in the future. Therefore, if you want the ability to edit, it is best to register with Wikidot, join the website and then make your entry. To do so, please follow the steps above and then go to the Members page and select Member Directory and follow the directions to create your entry.

You will find a growing list of useful Bibliographies on the website. We invite PMS members to add to the collection, though remember that you must register for Wikidot and join the PMS website first. Then simply go to the Bibliographies page under Resources and follow the directions.

All members may also update Links under Resources.

We will make every effort to keep the information on the website fresh, but appreciate everyone’s patience!

All best,