This statement calls for active change in the practices of ethnomusicology. We believe we must critically engage with current modes of systemic violence, working collectively toward the goal of comprehensive transformation. We support a radical restructuring of professional societies, academic publications, and the multiple spaces in which ethnomusicology occurs.
This is a declaration of commitment to changing the academic structures that deny many scholars full inclusion in their fields. We gratefully and respectfully acknowledge those who have risked placing their careers, safety, and well-being in jeopardy waging these battles. Proceeding from a framework of intersectionality that understands all forms of oppression as inextricably linked, we encourage all scholars to consider their positions within these systems of inequity. At a political moment when ethnomusicology is increasingly at risk, as are the bodies and well-being of its practitioners and participants, this work is urgent.
*We state the following:*
The call for inclusion itself issues from within a sphere of discourse constructed by systems of oppression that unequally renders audibility and visibility.
We recognize that modern academe—ethnomusicology included—is rooted and deeply embedded in colonial ideologies.
We acknowledge that the themes, techniques, theoretical approaches, and pedagogies valued in music institutions also devalue certain musicians, music cultures, and methodologies, and we believe this value structure is inherently unjust.
We are aware that the academic system continues to reaffirm old barriers to scholars of color and members of other marginalized communities, demands their visibility while rendering them inaudible, and assigns these scholars a disproportionate burden of institutional service and emotional labor.
We believe that tokenism and diversity rhetoric potentially mask and intensify structural inequity. The language of inclusion must be actualized and further actions should be taken in order to actually be more inclusive.
We see that contextualizing and minimizing microaggressions through discourses of political correctness obscures the reality of the daily struggle for personal and cultural survival faced by our students, classmates, friends, and coworkers.
As articulated in the SEM Position Statement in Response to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, we reaffirm our commitment to globally-engaged dialogue, scholarship, and advocacy. We believe the practices of ethnomusicology can work against racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, misogyny, sexism, heteronormativity and cisnormativity, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and war.
*We pledge to:*
Speak up when we observe systemic injustices. We recognize that it is not always safe to do so, and that individuals must assess potential risks before making a decision regarding whether or not to speak.
Not speak for people who are in epistemic positions different from our own.
Cultivate listening practices and create spaces for a multiplicity of voices.
Reflect on our own positionality and the inevitable biases arising from those positions. We listen thoughtfully when it is pointed out that our own biases and assumptions reinforce structural injustice.
Prioritize attention to intersectional oppressions over singular agendas that ultimately uphold structures of injustice. We seek to deploy our listening, writing, teaching practices, and service to challenge and reframe normative structures that restrict the liberatory potential of ethnomusicological work.
Require that societies and organizations to which we belong publish statements of institutional stance regarding the inclusion of, respect for, and safety of their members. This is not only a political matter: it is an ethical one that requires an explicitly articulated position.
Request that societies and institutions to which we belong ensure infrastructural support for individuals and communities facing issues of access based on citizenship, visa eligibility, mobility, and financial considerations.
Request that societies and organizations to which we belong divest their endowments from entities that maintain structures of oppression.
Request that societies and organizations to which we belong dedicate activities engaging social justice movements—for example, conferences or pre-conference symposia, section or group meetings, journal issues, concerts, and community outreach.
Request that societies and organizations to which we belong devote resources and attention to democratizing and horizontalizing representation within these societies.
If we are to expand meaningfully the narratives and practices of ethnomusicology, we must center marginalized perspectives and engage with current critical issues. We believe that these are our obligations in 2017.
Katherine Meizel, Bowling Green State UniversitySidra Lawrence, Bowling Green State University Denise Gill, Washington University in St. LouisEvan Pensis, University of ChicagoYun Emily Wang, University of TorontoChris Nickell, New York UniversityNatalia Bieletto, Universidad de GuanajuatoLeón F. García Corona, Northern Arizona University
Kyle Decoste, Columbia UniversityTes Slominski, Beloit CollegeJardena Gertler-Jaffe, University of TorontoMax Katz, The College of William and MaryMary Natvig, Bowling Green State UniversityGillian Rodger, University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeNate Renner, University of TorontoSusan Thomas, University of GeorgiaAndrew Dell'Antonio, University of Texas, AustinSamantha Bassler, Co-chair, AMS Music and Disability Study GroupJason Busniewski, University of California, Santa BarbaraLillie Gordon, University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleJonathan Ritter, University of California RiversideSonja Downing, Lawrence UniversityEve McPherson, Kent State University at TrumbullEric Hung, Westminster Choir College of Rider UniversityNicol Hammond, University of California, Santa CruzHeidi Chan, York UniversityJustin R. Hunter, University of ArkansasAnonymous Dylan Robinson, Queen's UniversityEly Lyonblum, University of CambridgeBeth Szczepanski, Whitman CollegeLCP Tess J. Popper, Doctoral candidate, University of California Santa BarbaraHeather Bergseth Bernard Ellorin, University of Michigan Ann ArborKatie Graber, Ohio State UniversityMD Kara Attrep Jack Harrison, University of TorontoEdmundo Luna, Mokpo National UniversityMatt Sakakeeny, Tulane UniversityAT Ryan Persadie, University of TorontoOwen Hubbard, University of ChicagoChristopher Witulski, Bowling Green State UniversityWilliam Cheng, Dartmouth CollegeJulie BeauregardTanya Merchant, University of California, Santa CruzJeremy Wallach, Bowling Green State University Esther Clinton, Bowling Green State UniversityCJ Komp, University of GeorgiaGrace Osborne, New York UniversityAndreja Vrekalić, Doctoral Candidate, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, CroatiaGisa Jähnichen, ShanghaiNicholas Gareiss, Independent scholarSteven Moon , University of Pittsburgh David A. McDonald, Indiana UniversityKlisala Harrison, University of HelsinkiMark Lomanno, Northeastern UniversityLaura Jorgensen, University of Texas at AustinJeremy Reed, Indiana University, BloomingtonLisa Beebe, University of California, Santa CruzLuis-Manuel Garcia, University of BirminghamJA Aliah Ajamoughli, Indiana UniversityHeather MacLachlan, University of DaytonAnonymous, DetroitAnthony W. Rasmussen, University of California, RiversideDavin Rosenberg, University of California, DavisTravis Stimeling, West Virginia UniversityJoseph C. Hickerson, Portland, OregonMegan E. Hill, Ypsilanti, MichiganJessica Schwartz, University of California, Los Angeles Matthew Sumera, Hamline UniversityDonald JamesRichard Emmert, Musashino University, TokyoScott A. Carter, University of Wisconsin-Madison Luis Chavez, University of California, DavisKendra Salois, American University, Washington DCD. Akira Stadnicki , University of Alberta Jorge Arévalo Mateus, Association for Cultural Equity, Hunter CollegeRachel Tollett, PhD Candidate, Northwestern University Kim Nucci, Graduate student, Mills CollegeBeto González, Los AngelesShannon Garland Columbia UniversityHannah Adamy, University of California, DavisEleanor Lipat-Chesler, Los AngelesSarah Hankins, University of California, San DiegoAllison Adrian, St. Catherine UniversityKathleen Kuo, Indiana UniversityPatrick Nickleson, University of TorontoCorey Michael Blake Lascano, University of California, RiversideJonathon Bakan, TorontoMichael Odle, Little Rock, ARDave Wilson, Victoria University of WellingtonJohn Vallier, University of WashingtonRachel Adelstein, University of CambridgeJeongin Lee, University of California, DavisMuriel E Swijghuisen Reigersberg, The University of Sydney, AustraliaJordan Tani, University of California, IrvineJeremy W. Foutz, STEAM Workgroup Indianapolis, INHeather Buffington-Anderson, Claflin UniversityNoé Dinnerstein, John Jay College, CUNYBernd Brabec de Mori, University of ViennaAmber Clifford-Napoleone, University of Central MissouriAndrea Douglass, UMass BostonJennifer Fraser, Oberlin CollegeEvan Rapport, The New SchoolMT Marissa Moore, Yale University Steve Waksman, Smith CollegeAlexandria Carrico, Florida State UniversityTyler Bickford, University of PittsburghJeff Kaiser, University of Central MissouriGavin Douglas, University of North Carolina at GreensboroGordon Thompson, Skidmore CollegeNomi Dave, University of VirginiaJeff Roy, Paris Sciences et LettresNicole Reisnour, Cornell UniversityAnaar Desai-Stephens, Cornell UniversityGage Averill, University of British ColumbiaTK Christi-Anne Castro, University of Michigan, Ann ArborEric Martin Usner Eduardo Herrera, Rutgers, The State University of New JerseyRussell Skelchy Daphne Carr, New York UniversityHadi Milanloo, University of TorontoKariann Goldschmitt, Wellesley CollegeEllen Koskoff, University of Rochester Randal Baier, Eastern Michigan UniversityNicholas Tochka, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of MelbourneJesse P. Karlsberg, Emory UniversityElizabeth K. Batiuk, Illinois State University Katie Stuffelbeam, Boston UniversityJennifer Milioto Matsue, Union College, Schenectady, NYEric J. Schmidt, University of California, Los AngelesAmanda Modell, University of California, DavisRuth Mueller, Saint Louis UniversitySeyit Yöre, Istanbul UniversityAlex Blue V, University of California, Santa BarbaraEliot Bates, City University of New York Graduate CenterCarol Silverman, University of OregonIoannis TsekourasKelley Kipperman, Mills College, Oakland, CaliforniaNathan Bakkum, Columbia College Chicago Gary Yerkins, Columbia College ChicagoSunaina Keonaona Kale, University of California, Santa BarbaraShayna Silverstein, Northwestern UniversityC. B. Henry, Independent ScholarAdam Shead, University of MichiganCarol Babiracki, Syracuse UniversityJonathan Shannon, Hunter College/CUNY Graduate SchoolAnna Schultz, Stanford UniversityKarl J Haas, Berklee College of Music Leslie C Gay Jr, University of TennesseeReinhard Straub, National Chung Hsing UniversityMolly McGlone, University of Pennsylvania Shelley Zhang, University of PennsylvaniaAngela Glaros, Eastern Illinois University Andrew Eisenberg, NYU Abu DhabiShalini Ayyagari, University of PittsburghJack Vishneski, Minneapolis, MNJessie M. Vallejo, Cal Poly PomonaKristina Nielsen, UCLAAlex Kreger, University of Texas at AustinMichael O'Toole, University of CincinnatiSarah Riegler, Toronto Leon Shernoff, ChicagoLars Christensen, University of MinnesotaFethi Karakecili, York University, TorontoMike Kohfeld, University of Washington Liselotte Sels, Ghent UniversityMehtap Demir , İstanbul University State Concervatory Ethnomusicology and Folklore Department Tamara Levitz, UCLAAngela Keats, Yukon.Daniel Tan, Silicon ValleyAlex W. Rodriguez, UCLAHande Saglam, Department of Folk Music Research and Ethnomusicology, MDWNoriko Manabe, Temple UniversityRachel Harris, SOAS, University of LondonEric Lewis, McGill UniversityElizabeth Bynum, University of PennsylvaniaMiriam Piilonen, Northwestern UniversityWade F. Dean, University of California, Los AngelesAnna Farhan, New York UniversityKathleen Wiens, Canadian Museum for Human RightsJoel E. Rubin, University of VirginiaMaria Sonevytsky, Bard CollegeScott Hanenberg, University of TorontoCharles Sharp, California State Univ., FullertonNancy Guy, Univ. of Calif., San Diego Tamar Sella, Harvard University Andrew Normann, Bowling Green State UniversityJames Roberts, Toronto, OntarioMarié Abe, Boston University, Boston MA Otto Stuparitz , University of California, Los Angeles Alia O'Brien, University of TorontoKathryn Metz, Rock & Roll Hall of FameBhavisha Panchia, MemmingenMadison Heying, University of California, Santa CruzAnonymous, New York CityLauren E. Sweetman, New York UniversitySandra Graham, Babson CollegeAli Colleen NeffAndrea Low, Auckland, New ZealandAnonymous, CanadaParis Thibault, Boston, MAGabriel Solis, University of IllinoisAshley Hirt, Eastern Washington UniversityJim Sykes, University of PennsylvaniaDavid Garcia, University of North Carolina at Chapel HillPaul Yoon, Virginia Commonwealth UniversityKathleen Van Buren, University of SheffieldJessica A. Holmes, McGill/MontrealGavin Steingo, Princeton University Jessica S. Baker, University of ChicagoKiri Miller, Brown UniversityGlenda Goodman, University of PennsylvaniaVijay Iyer, Harvard University Amy Frishkey, Austin, TXMeryl Krieger, Indiana UniversityPriscilla Tse, University of Illinois Matthew E Knight, University of IllinoisHelen Gubbins, University of SheffieldIan Copeland, Harvard UniversityCatherine Grant, Griffith University, AustraliaPeter McMurray, Harvard UniversityHenry Johnson, University of OtagoAnne K. Rasmussen, The College of William and MaryMichael Iyanaga, Federal University of the Recôncavo in BahiaCurtis Andrews, University of British ColumbiaJocelyn Moon, University of WashingtonAna María Alarcón Jiménez, Universidade Nova de LisboaJoseph Maurer ,University of ChicagoDean Reynolds, The Graduate Center, CUNYJoshua BrownCatherine M. Appert, Cornell UniversityAaron Pettigrew, University of British ColumbiaDaniel B. Reed, Indiana UniversitySolmaz Shakerifard, University of Washington, SeattleAnonymous POC, UoW, SElizabeth Clendinning, Wake Forest University Darci Sprengel, University of California, Los AngelesIoannis Tsioulakis, Queen's University BelfastMargaret Sarkissian, Smith CollegeAndrea F. Bohlman, University of North Carolina at Chapel HillSteven Spinner Terpenning, ColoradoKatherine Lee, University of California, DavisCornelius Holzer, MDW ViennaPanayotis League, Harvard UniversityKate Brucher, DePaul UniversityAnonymous, Oakland, CABeezer de Martelly, UC BerkeleyNadia Chana, University of ChicagoThalea Stokes, University of ChicagoMeredith Schweig, Emory UniversityNil Basdurak, University of TorontoShana Goldin-Perschbacher, Temple UniversityDanielle Sirek, University of WindsorLindsay Wright, University of ChicagoRebecca Bodenheimer, Independent scholarHarris M. Berger, Memorial University of NewfoundlandPhilip J Murphy JrMade Mantle Hood, Universiti Putra MalaysiaAndrea Emberly, York university Joe Kinzer, University of WashingtonAlyssa Mathias, University of California, Los AngelesAndreja Vrekalić, Ph. D. Candidate, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, CroatiaJerome Camal, University of Wisconsin-MadisonLauren Weintraub Stoebel, Los AngelesTomie Hahn, Rensselaer Jeff Klein, University of PittbsurghW. T. Franklin Dusthuis Means David Borgo, University of California San DiegoJuan David Rubio Restrepo, University of California, San DiegoAnna Stirr, University of Hawaii ManoaJames Rhys Edwards, Lewis & Clark CollegeLiz Przybylski, University of California, RiversideAmy Catlin-Jairazbhoy, Ethnomusicology Department, UCLALynette Yetter, Reed CollegeBenjamin Krakauer, Temple UniversityAilsa Lipscombe, University of ChicagoJoe Snape, NYUGreg Campbell, Cascadia College (Bothell, Washington)Laurel Sercombe, University of Washington (retired but present)Junko Oba, Hampshire CollegeMaria Gabriela Lopez Yanez, Goldsmiths, University of LondonGarrett Field, Ohio University Anna Morcom, Royal Holloway, University of London Po-wei Weng, Wesleyan UniversityByron Dueck, The Open UniversityBenjamin DuPriest, University of PennsylvaniaM.T. Ray TorikMartin Hatch, Cornell UniversityJosé R. Torres-Ramos, University of North TexasPortia Seddon, CUNY Graduate CenterJane Kozey, New York UniversityStephanie L. Jackson, The Graduate Center, CUNYGillian Irwin，University of California, DavisYildiray Erdener, Independent scholar, IstanbulHarold E.B. Dennis, DMA, Indiana University, Bloomington, INWei-Ya Lin, University of Music and Performing Arts ViennaWendy Hsu, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural AffairsSumanth Gopinath, University of MinnesotaBethany J. Collier, Bucknell University