The Lise Waxer Prize

The Popular Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology is pleased to announce the Lise Waxer Graduate Student Paper Prize competition. The prize was created to recognize the most distinguished student paper in the ethnomusicology of popular music presented at the SEM annual meeting. The Waxer Prize comes with a cash award of up to $200. All students giving papers on popular music topics at the SEM conference are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration.

Scholar, teacher, and musician, Lise Waxer was an ethnomusicologist whose research on salsa music was greatly admired in the field and whose supportive work as a mentor and colleague inspired the greatest loyalty and respect from those around her. Her untimely death in 2002 was a shock to those that knew her, and at the 2002 SEM meeting, the PMSSEM voted to name the prize in her honor.

About the Prize

Purpose

To recognize the most distinguished student paper in the ethnomusicology of popular music presented at the SEM annual meeting.

Prize

A cash prize in an amount decided annually by the PMSSEM chair; the amount will not exceed $200.

Regularity

Annually. The prize may be withheld by the decision of the committee.

Eligibility

Any student who presents, in person, a formal paper in the ethnomusicology of popular music at the SEM annual meeting is eligible for the prize. A student shall be defined as a person pursuing an active course of studies in a degree program. This includes persons who are engaged in writing the doctoral dissertation but not those who are teaching full-time while doing so. To be eligible, the applicants must submit this registration form at the PMSSEM business meeting and email a copy of his or her paper to moc.liamg|ezirprexawmessmp#moc.liamg|ezirprexawmessmp before the deadline listed on the annual Call for Submissions. The paper submitted must be the version that was read at the conference and must not exceed twelve double-spaced pages (roughly 4,000 words).

Administration

The selection committee shall be made up of three or four members of PMSSEM, with members chosen for the next year's competition by the section at its annual business meeting or by mail-in vote. (Students may not serve on this committee.) Entries will be judged solely on the content of the papers, including the use of video and audio examples submitted. In general, the Waxer Prize selection committee will decide upon a winner by 15 March each year.

Application Process

To apply for the Waxer prize, the prize candidate must complete two steps:

  1. Submit a completed registration form to the Chair of the prize committee at the PMSSEM business meeting, the time and location of which are listed in the SEM conference program; and
  2. Send a copy of his or her paper, in PDF format to moc.liamg|ezirprexawmessmp#moc.liamg|ezirprexawmessmp before the submission deadline: 12:00 PM (eastern time) on the third day after the end of the annual SEM conference. (In most cases the deadline is at noon on the Wednesday following the annual SEM meeting.) The paper submitted must be the version read at the conference and may not exceed twelve double-spaced pages (roughly 4,000 words). Candidates who wish to submit audio or visual examples should send these to the above email address as well.

Submissions are due at 12:00 PM (eastern time) on the third day after the end of the annual SEM conference.

Registration Form

You may download the Lise Waxer Prize Registration Form in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Waxer Prize 2015 Form.docx
Waxer Prize 2015 Form.pdf

Past Recipients

2014

Fritz Schenker
"'The Paul Whiteman of the East': Performing Race in Colonial Asia."

2013

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

2012

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

2011

Luis-Manuel Garcia
"Liquid Solidarities: Vague Belonging at Electronic Dance Music Events in Paris, Chicago, and Berlin."

2010

Andrew Mall
"Lost in the Sound of Separation: Mainstreams and Undergrounds at a Christian Rock Festival."

2009

Tyler Bickford
"Media Consumption as Social Organization at a New England Public School."

2008

Jayson Beaster-Jones
"Indexing the Past, Selling the Future."


2007

Elizabeth K. Keenan
"Straightyfest, Ladyquest, Ladyfest: Femininity, Sexuality, and Third Wave Feminism at Young Women's Punk Rock Music Festivals."


2006

Rachel Devitt
"Girl on Girl: Bio-Queens, Pop Music, and Re-radicalizing Drag."


2005

Kristin Solli
"Keeping it Køntri: Country Music, Class, and Cultural Hierarchy in Norway."

2004

Richard W. Mook
"'Oh How I Miss that Old Gang of Mine': Memory and Homoeroticism in Barbershop Performance."

2003

Thomas H. Greenland
"Mutiny on the Boundary or Microcosmopolitanism?: Theorizing Transience in Cruiseship Communities."