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