The Society for Ethnomusicology has two separate electronic
SEM-L is interactive and intended for posts that seek feedback or
discussion on issues related to ethnomusicology.
SEMNotices-L is for ethnomusicological announcements that are not
intended for discussion, such as calls for papers and job advertisements.
SEM-L and SEMNotices-L are closed, moderated lists.
"Closed" means that subscriptions are approved by
the list moderator. The lists are open to subscriptions by SEM members and
"Moderated" means that messages are approved by
the moderator before they go to the list.
The contact information for our current moderator is the
Hope Munro Smith
Department of Music
400 West First Street
Chico, CA 95929-0805
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Electronic Mailing List Policies
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Purposes of Lists
SEM-L is intended for:
of ethnomusicology in general and related disciplines. (See the About Us
area for more on what ethnomusicology is and for the mission of the
of music-making from around the world.
of career-related activities for ethnomusicologists, including teaching,
research, publishing, performance, archiving and librarianship, public
sector work, etc.
SEMNotices-L is intended for:
timely circulation of news about the work of the Society for
Ethnomusicology among SEM members and others interested in
announcement of ethnomusicology related career opportunities, calls for
SEM-L and SEMNotices-L are moderated lists that provide a
forum for those with an educational or professional interest in the field of
ethnomusicology. The quality of information on SEMNotices and discussion on
SEM-L should be consistently useful to its subscribers.
The following kinds of communication are not appropriate for
that cannot reasonably be fit into one of the categories listed under
"purposes of this list"
of single concerts or lectures
so carelessly written that they are confusing
The moderator reserves the right to
contact individuals who send messages inappropriate for the list, and, if
necessary, to prevent their access to the list.
See below for further discussion of what constitutes
commercial solicitation under "Informing, not Advertising." The
announcements of individual concerts and lectures present a slippery slope: if
everyone could send in announcements of their concerts, which naturally only
interest the small percentage of subscribers who live nearby, then the
signal/noise ratio for the list as a whole could rise to unacceptable levels.
In such cases, the moderator will suggest that the announcement be forwarded
instead to the SEM Internet Editor for posting on the News
section of the website. SEMNotices-L will post announcements of concert tours
and conferences, although for accuracy we ask that producers or chairpersons be
the ones to send these announcements.
SEMNotices-L welcomes announcements of publication or
re-publication of books, recordings, and films related to ethnomusicology, as
well as of concert tours and of new Internet resources for ethnomusicology.
Many of these announcements are of educational interest to librarians and
bibliographers as well as individual students and scholars. We do ask that you
please remove price and ordering information (referring the reader to a website
or email address where such information may be obtained), and limit the announcements
to items newly available or reissued. (Relevant websites should seek to be
listed in the SEM website's Resources section.) Advance announcements of
publications (that is, prior to general availability) will not be accepted.
Announcements from publishers, wholesalers, and retailers will also not be
accepted. Do not send announcements of the form "see what's new on our
website this month" or "item X is *still* for sale," as they
clutter the list with redundant information.
SEM-L and SEMNotices-L follow a conservative interpretation
of fair use doctrine in the observance of copyright laws in the quoting of song
lyrics, newspaper and magazine articles, and all other intellectual property
outside of postings to SEM-L and SEMNotices-L themselves. Still, it is
extremely difficult for the moderator to know in all cases, especially where
the source material is not at hand, what constitutes fair use. Therefore, the
Society for Ethnomusicology and the subscribers of SEM-L and SEMNotices-L take
no responsibility for any infringements of copyright resulting from postings on
The most common mistake made by subscribers is to send the
entire text of a news article. The proper way to post a notice of a newsworthy
event is to describe briefly what it is and to include the URL of a website
where the news article resides.
Copyright for a message posted to SEM-L and SEMNotices-L are
held solely by the author of the message, but with the understanding that
reproduction and distribution of messages within the context of SEM-L
discussion and archiving is not a violation of copyright. The author has sole
copyright, including rights to reproduction and distribution, to this content
outside the context of SEMNotices-L, SEM-L, and its publicly available Internet
Any use of ideas or research without accurate attribution is
plagiarism, including those that appear on SEM-L and SEMNotices-L.
SEM-L and SEMNotices-L have a plain-text only policy. No
attachments, no special formatting, no HTML or other Internet mark-up language
for web pages. If you are concerned about losing the impact of what your web
site's formatting provides, include a simple URL reference to the web page
(using the http:// prefix), which is converted to a hyperlink by many
join? Who may post?
SEM-L and SEMNotices-L are open to SEM members and non-members
Anyone, not only subscribers, may send a message to SEM-L
and SEMNotices-L subject to the moderator's approval. Of course, we encourage
anyone interested in the list to subscribe to it. We also urge anyone with an
abiding interest in our field to join the Society for Ethnomusicology (learn
more about Benefits and Rates).
When you hit "reply" to a message, the response
automatically goes to SEM-L and SEMNotices-L, and to the person who posted the
message. Personal asides and short responses like "I agree!" should
go to the person, not the list, and the moderator will generally not post such
personal responses that are inappropriately sent to the whole list. However,
the moderator cannot always accurately detect intent, and once he or she posts
a message to the list, it cannot be retracted. Therefore, pay attention to whom
your SEM-L replies are addressed.
When responding to SEM-L and SEMNotices-L, don't change the
subject line of the message. Continuity of subject lines is critical for the
maintenance of "threads" (sequences of messages connected by topic)
that one may consult in the SEM-L archives (list.indiana.edu/sympa/home).
Also when responding to SEM-L and SEMNotices-L, don't
include the entire text of the message to which you're responding. This is
especially important for longer posts or daily digests, which unnecessarily
clog everyone's mailboxes. Including excerpts to which you are specifically
responding is fine. The subject line, in conjunction with the archives and
reader's memories of what has already been said, is generally sufficient to
provide the context for the discussion.
If you post a query and receive a number of off-list
responses, we ask that you post a final summary of the contributions you have
received. Please make the subject line note that this is a summary:
"SUMMARY: Sources on Maltese music." We suggest that you post this
summary a week after you posed your initial query, or after the contributions
have settled down, whichever comes first.
All posters need to identify themselves by full name and
affiliation (institutional or any other type) and/or location, in their
signature. This is not only a common courtesy, but also emphasizes the fact
that the SEM-L is a list of a professional organization. Even if you have been
a regular poster to this list, and/or feel that the ethnomusicology community
is familiar with your work, please keep this in mind when sending your e-mails
to avoid cancellations or delay in processing the posts.