Friday, April 8, 2011

Dzian and G.A.M.E. Saturday night!

Dzian (Charlottesville, VA) and G.A.M.E. (BGSU) will be performing on Saturday night!

8:30-11:30 PM, Room 206 (BTSU Theater). Lec-Dem and Concert by Dzian! and the
Game and Anime Music Ensemble (G.A.M.E.)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Parking is free and unrestricted on Saturday and Sunday.  On Friday, you have two choices.  The lot right next to the Union is a pay lot (free for the first 15 min.).    We have purchased a number of parking vouchers that can be used in the surrounding lots.  These will be available at the registration table on the third floor of the Union.    Please email Kara Attrep, our Local Arrangements Co-Chair (kattrep at if you have any questions.

You will have to pick up your parking permit at the registration table on Friday. The parking lot that is available is across the railroad tracks as shown on the map.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Fun things to do in BG

Bowling Green is a thriving university town, with a downtown featuring an impressive array of shops and restaurants. Grounds for Thought is a favorite for BGSU students and faculty alike--it not only serves as a coffee shop, with hand-roasted coffee and pastries, but is a fully functioning used-book and record store as well. (It’s three stores in one!) Bowling Green's independent music store, Finders Records, offers patrons a diverse selection of vinyl, CDs, and DVDs across music genres. A must-shop for conference attendees! For basic needs, gifts, and craft supplies, visit the dime-store Ben Franklin on Main Street. Other unique gift shops include For Keeps and Calico, Sage & Thyme, and you can also find a hat shop and quilt shop nearby. The natural café Squeakers sells organic foods and handmade gifts, as well. The Happy Badger includes a café and gift shop, Saturday jazz brunches, and a Sunday open mic. All of these options are located on or near Main Street and adjacent to campus, easily accessible and close to the restaurants listed on this page. If you are looking for night life, there are several options around BG.  Main Street boasts several nice establishments for evening fun.  The Clazel is a recently converted theater and has an amazing assortment of microbrew and specialty beers and a nice selection of wine. A must see for downtown BG! The lounge above the Italian restaurant, DiBenedetto's, is also quite nice.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Keynote Speaker

We are very pleased and excited to welcome Dr. Harris M. Berger (Professor of Music and Associate Head in the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University) as our keynote speaker. His talk entitled "Stance and Meaning in Music" will be on Saturday, April 9th from 6:30-7:30 PM, in room 308 in the BTSU.

More information on Dr. Berger:

A scholar working at the intersection of ethnomusicology, folklore studies, popular music studies, and performance studies, Harris M. Berger is Professor of Music and Associate Head in the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University. His books include Metal, Rock, and Jazz: Perception and the Phenomenology of Musical Experience (1999), Global Pop, Local Language (co-edited with Michael T. Carroll, 2003), Identity and Everyday Life: Essays in the Study of Folklore, Music, and Popular Culture (co-authored with Giovanna P. Del Negro, 2004), and Stance: Ideas about Emotion, Style, and Meaning for the Study of Expressive Culture (2010). In 1996, he founded the Popular Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology and was the section’s chair until the end of 2004. He served as the president of the US Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music from 2004 to 2007. Dr. Berger is co-editor of the Music/Culture series at Wesleyan University Press and has recently completed a five-year term as the co-editor of the Journal of American Folklore. He is currently President of the Society for Ethnomusicology. He is co-editor of the forthcoming volume Metal Rules the Globe: Heavy Metal Music around the World. His website can be found at

JaFran Jones Award

The JaFran Jones prize is awarded annually (whenever funds allow) to the best student paper presented at the Chapter meeting. The prize was established in 1998 to honor the memory of the composer, ethnomusicologist and Balinese gamelan teacher JaFran Jones (d. 1997) who taught at the University of Toledo and at Bowling Green State University.

All students are highly encouraged to submit papers.


Entries for the JaFran Jones Prize must submit their papers texts exactly as presented by 11:59 PM April 17, 2011 (one week after the conference) to Powerpoints and other audiovisual accompaniments should not be emailed but submitted on a clearly labelled CD-ROM at the registration table before the close of the conference.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

MIDSEM Chapter Website

The MIDSEM Chapter Website is currently being expanded and updated.

You can find the site here.

You can find information about the history of the Chapter, the JaFran Jones Award (award for best student paper), and the bylaws of the Chapter.

Students: more information will be posted shortly about the JaFran Jones Award but you are all highly encouraged to submit your paper for the award.

Check the site for information regarding the award. More details to come.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Crash space

Anyone interested in graduate student crash space and/or rides to and from the airport should contact BGSU graduate student and Cross Cultural Music Club (aka Team Ethno) President Garrett Spatz at

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Driving directions to the Bowen-Thompson Student Union where the majority of the conference will be held.

Directions and a map of the campus.

You can also find directions here.

General Map of campus and BG:

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Places to Eat

Food in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union (BTSU):
There are several options including a Pub that is open until 11pm on both Friday and Saturday. There is also a Starbucks for all of your caffeine needs.

Link to all of the food choices and hours of operation for the BTSU can be found here.

For those of you attending Saturday, April 9th, you may want to attend and eat dinner at the Caribfest (an annual meeting of the Caribbean Association at BGSU). They will be selling tickets for $8 for Jamaican food (from a Jamaican restaurant in Toledo named Dexter's). The event is being held in Olscamp Room 101A. (Directions will be provided at the conference. It is a short walk from the BTSU).

Bowling Green may be small but it does offer some rather nice places to eat and they are all relatively close to campus. Almost everything is about a 15 to 20 minute walk (or a very quick drive) from the Bowen-Thompson Student Union (BTSU).

Here are our suggestions:

Naslada (Bulgarian fare)
They have a nice selection of both veg and non-veg options. We recommend the moussaka, the stroganoff, and the many delicious salads they have.

Grounds for Thought (coffee shop/record store/book shop/all around awesome place)
This is a great coffee shop and so much more.

Call of the Canyon Cafe
(a lovely sandwich place)
They are open for lunch and dinner and they have both veg and non-veg options. A nice place for a good sandwich and don't forget PIE!

Happy Badger Cafe (a nice lunch place and good for tea)
They have sandwiches (made with Zingerman's breads), soups, and lots of veggie options.

These chain restaurants can be found downtown as well: Qdoba and Panera Bread.

A little further from downtown is a take out place offering wonderful Middle Eastern food. A short drive from school, South Side Six, is worth the trip. Great falafel and shwarma! Address: 737 South Main Street

Finally, don't hesitate to ask any of the locals for directions, suggestions, etc.


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Here are the two hotels where rooms have been reserved (click on links to websites):

Best Western Falcon Plaza
Rate: $84.95/night
1450 East Wooster Street
Phone #: 419-352-4671
Choice between one and two beds at time of booking
When making the reservation say you are with MidSEM or
the Music in Everyday Life conference

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Hampton Inn
Rate: $75/night (at this time there are a limited number of rooms)
142 Campbell Hill Road
Phone #: 419-353-3464
Contact Sami (the manager) and say you are with Esther's group

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Both hotels are close to campus and near restaurants.