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The GST is pleased to announce the 2020 winners and honorable mentions for the Marcia Herndon book award and the Herndon article prize.


The 2020 Marcia Herndon Book Award (for monograph-length works) is awarded to Dr. Gregory Barz and Dr. William Cheng for Queering the Field: Sounding Out Ethnomusicology (Oxford, 2019). The committee recognized the volume’s broad ranging impact on ethnomusicology as a discipline, especially as it defies the cisheteronormative assumptions that have often informed how we understand fieldwork and this important social, emotional, and musical labor. This strong volume contains contributions from a range of scholars across career stages and identities. Queering the Field poses a wide-ranging, radical challenge to ethnomusicology's heteronormative theoretical and methodological assumptions. The text offers a great launchpad for queer ethnographers to further interrogate their own experiences. As one committee member expressed: “Its breadth of subject and probing ethnographic attention reminds us that while ethnomusicologists may have been slightly slow in embracing gender's multifarious performativites, when it does catch up, it does so through a globally expansive analytical lens. Additionally, the book's contribution to ethnomusicology's current self-critique is timely, adding critical deliberation about voices, positionalities and ethical representation.” 


Receiving an Honorable Mention is Dr. Sonja Downing for Gamelan Girls: Gender, Childhood, and Politics in Balinese Music Ensembles (University of Illinois, 2019). This intricately detailed and well-written account of women's music-making in specific contexts brings new insights to our understanding of music and gender and music and childhood studies. Downing’s immersive ethnographic work in Gamelan Girls is an invaluable teaching resource, as it joins a community of scholarship that seeks to upend and challenge how “canonic” genres, such as gamelan, are positioned in our ethnomusicology curriculum. She writes with care as she attends to the significant ways that contemporary girls and mixed-gender ensembles have challenged the tradition of male-dominated gamelan performance (which includes their dominance in pedagogical literature).


Many thanks to the Marcia Herndon Book Award committee for their excellent work: Dr. Kate Galloway (chair), Dr. Angela Impey, and Myles McLean.


The 2020 Herndon Prize (for article-length works) is awarded to Dr. Anthony Rasmussen for his article "Acoustic Patriarchy: Hearing Gender Violence in Mexico City's Public Spaces (Women & Music vol 23). Dr. Rasmussen’s article is a beautifully written ethnography incorporating sound studies perspectives in order to address issues of street harassment in Mexico City. In examining the sonic impact of whistles, shouts, taunts, profanity and catcalls, Dr. Rasmussen demonstrates how victims of harassment and gender violence in public spaces navigate patriarchal structures by both constructing topographies of risk informed by sensitivity to sounds and a capacity for selective listening and discerning dangerous from innocuous sonic events. Relying on testimonies, and with a sensitive ear for trauma, Rasmussen reveals a sonic systemic sexism that fosters violence and inequity.


Receiving an Honorable Mention is Dr. Lauron Kehrer's article "Who Slays? Queer Resonances in Beyonce's Lemonade" (Popular Music & Society 42(1)). In the article, Dr. Kehrer navigates the difficulties of "studying up” into superstar status, examining the ways in which Beyoncé’s politically engaged “Formation” from her album Lemonade, incorporates, engages, and exploits with queer artists and the queer community in New Orleans at large. Dr. Kehrer synthesizes interviews with reception studies in order to demonstrated the fragility of a representation/exploitation divide, underlining Beyoncé’s debt to, and complex relationship with, her queer fans and collaborators.


Many thanks to the Herndon Prize committee for their excellent work: Dr. Kevin Schattenkirk (chair), 2019 Honorable Mention Dr. Eduardo Herrera, and Dr. K. Goldschmitt.


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