Mesoj (Music/Sociology/Anthropology/Women's & Gender Studies)

What's new in music, sociology, anthropology, and women's & gender studies…from your librarian

Signing off

It’s been a pleasure blogging with you.  As you’ve noticed, the posts are getting sparse, mainly because I tend to use Facebook as a micro-blogging platform.  If you’d like to keep in touch, find me there at







Call for Papers: Southern American Studies Association, Charleston 2012

via SASA-L:

CFP: “We All Declare For Liberty,” the next biennial conference of SASA, the American Studies Association’s largest regional affiliate:

January 31-February 2, 2013, in CHARLESTON!

Looking ahead to the sesquicentenary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Southern American Studies Association is honored to welcome distinguished historians ERIC FONER and TIYA MILES to Charleston as our plenary speakers. We’ve borrowed our quite broad theme from an observation President Lincoln made less than a year before his assassination: “We all declare for liberty, but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.” We welcome a range of panel proposals and individual paper proposals that zero in on one or more of these three intertwined and still contested terms — emancipation, liberty and freedom – placing them in a range of contexts reflecting the richness of American Studies.

As ever, SASA also welcomes proposals on other topics that reflect that richness, too, so this list of suggestions is simply a beginning:

bollywood, mumblecore and beyond / TED / sustainability social media + the academy (or “+ pop culture” or “+ the Occupy movement,” or “+ . . .”) varieties of religious experience / varieties of musical experience history + the neo-slave narrative / prison-industrial complexities Denmark Vesey’s legacies / William Gilmore Simms’ legacies Charleston and Its RenaissanceS / Charleston and the Lowcountry as Classroom foodways + (agri)cultural practices / social history / public history, public anthropology centenary of the Armory Show / centenary of the Seventeenth Amendment Angels in America, 20 years along / 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination Who knew? North Americans’ responses to the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who / and so on

Deadline for e-mailing paper or panel proposals to <> (note: it’s not case-sensitive) is noon EDT on Friday September 14. Given how well the following statement works within the national organization’s “Getting on the ASA Meeting Program: A Practical Guide,” we’ve made it an integral part of our own 2013 CFP as well:

The paper you propose must be new and original. You should never plan to give the same paper at two different conferences, and you should never submit propos-als for the same panel to two different conferences at the same time.

In that spirit, we’ll construct sets of concurrent sessions (90 minutes each, punctuated by 15- or 30-min-ute breaks and ample caffeine), along with a reception or two and several tantalizing opportunities for getting outside the conference site, Charleston’s historic Francis Marion Hotel.

As ever, SASA will award its Critoph Prize to the conference’s best paper by a graduate student, and our 2013 bienniale will be our third consecutive one to include an interdisciplinary roundtable with the author of an especially impressive book: Prof. Foner has graciously agreed to participate in a colloquy, at this Charleston conference, on his Pulitzer Prize- and Bancroft Prize-winning The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.

For more details, please visit our Facebook page or our wee portion of As co-chairs of the committee organizing this next conference, we’re

Looking forward,

Dennis Moore, <> Scott Peeples, <> Florida State University College of Charleston President, 2011-’013 SASA = Southern American Studies Association

The Archaeology Channel


Friends and colleagues: In the latest installment of the Video News from TAC,
we show you the ancient art of wine-making in Cyprus, excavations in the
Chinese district of an abandoned mining town in Nevada, and offer an opinion on
the upcoming auction of artifacts from the ocean-bottom site of the Titanic.
See these stories in the February 2012 edition of this monthly half-hour show,
available now on our nonprofit streaming-media Web site, The Archaeology
Channel ( as well as on cable TV in cities
across the US.

Launched in October 2010, the Video News from TAC is designed for both online
streaming and cable TV distribution.  Since that launch, we have presented 38
stories on topics in seven US states, 17 other countries, and two heavenly
bodies (the Earth and the Moon).  Subjects covered so far in the series are
quite diverse, such as a tour of Thailand’s cultural heritage; preserving the
first Moon base; the indigenous people of Taiwan; a joint Hopi Tribe-USDA
Forest Service effort to save ancient rock art panels; recording cultural
heritage on the Thames River in London; ongoing excavations at a long-inhabited
site in Jordan; the Terracotta Army exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine
Arts; the disappearing hutong neighborhoods of Beijing; a Native American man
rediscovering an ancient craft; vandalism on the walls of an Oregon forest
cave; the recovery of a prehistoric dugout canoe in Florida; a discourse on the
Mexican Day of the Dead; excavations in the Grand Canyon, on the Polynesian
island of Tubuai, and in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain; the extensive
underground world of Alexandria, Egypt; a 300-year-old European battlefield; a
lost language in Peru; how to write Mayan hieroglyphs; a magnetometer survey of
vanished Ohio earthworks; a stunning look at Malta’s megalithic temples that
were old before the Egyptians built the pyramids; and a direct reading of the
Mayan creation story from a stone monument.  Video News program details can be
found at  The growing list of
cable TV stations carrying the show is posted at

This and other programs are available on TAC for your use and enjoyment.  We
urge you to support this public service by participating in our Membership
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help can we continue and enhance our nonprofit public-education and
visitor-supported programming.  We also welcome new content partners as we
reach out to the world community.

Please forward this message to others who may be interested.

Richard M. Pettigrew, Ph.D., RPA
President and Executive Director
Archaeological Legacy Institute

Nature in Children’s Literature

Nathan Palmer is part of a research team that has published a new study that’s getting some press.  Check out their findings about natural environments, animals, & such in children’s literature.

Sociology Sounds

Ever thought about playing a song at the beginning of class to set the tone?  I know one faculty member who shows a clip from a horror series each day, and if the students come in a few minutes early, they don’t miss anything.  Nathan Palmer & April Schueths now have a handy way for you to choose songs for sociology class.  Check out Sociology Sounds here.  Here’s a quick intro video about the new site.  And here’s a suggestion form for adding your favorite sociologically relevant songs!

33 1/3

Ever noticed the 33 1/3 series of books about music by artists like Prince and Radiohead?  They’re looking for authors for new volumes in the series; details here.


Southern Cultures: The Fifteenth Anniversary Reader

via SEM-L:

The Southern Cultures Fifteenth Anniversary Reader is now available online at no cost to readers whose institutions subscribe to Project Muse:

This anthology includes James Cobb’s “Rednecks, White Socks, and Pina Coladas?:Country Music Ain’t What It Used to Be … And It Really Never Was” and Adam Gussow’s “Where Is the Love?”:
Racial Violence, Racial Healing, and Blues Communities.”

To browse the Fifteenth Anniversary Reader online, read our latest Music issue, or peruse more essays, please visit:

Thank you.


Dave Shaw
Executive Editor, Southern Cultures
UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South
CB# 9127, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-9127

“The rich array of photographs and graphics, and the sincere and effective attempt at readerly appeal, go well beyond what is attempted by most. . .
Southern Cultures is truly impressive.”
-Council of Editors of Learned Journals

Religion and Music: Call for Submissions

Southern Cultures, the award-winning and peer-reviewed quarterly from UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South, would like to strongly encourage submissions for our sixth Music issue. We are a multidisciplinary journal, interested in all approaches and types of scholarship, and we pay our contributors. The deadline is March 5, 2012.

60,000 people annually read Southern Cultures in print, online, and through eBooks, including scholars and students of religion, music, history, American studies, literature, pop culture, sociology, women & gender, photography & art, and many other subjects. To browse our archive of essays and features online by subject, please visit:

To read the latest Music issue and for information about submissions, please visit:<>

Thank you.


Dave Shaw
Executive Editor, Southern Cultures
UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South CB# 9127, UNC-CH Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-9127

“The rich array of photographs and graphics, and the sincere and effective attempt at readerly appeal, go well beyond what is attempted by most. . .
Southern Cultures is truly impressive.”
-Council of Editors of Learned Journals

Teenage: The Film

Jon Savage’s book, Teenage:  The Prehistory of Youth Culture, 1875-1945, will soon have a documentary film to accompany it.  The New York Times has a brief story from the filmmakers, along with a 4.5-minute video about how the idea of teenagers was invented.

Society for Ethnomusicology and Congress on Research in Dance: Video-Streaming Schedule

The Society for Ethnomusicology & Congress on Research in Dance are offering live and archived video-streams of selected sessions from their 2011 Joint Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, November 17-20.  Check out the full schedule with live & archive video links here.

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