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Marcia Herndon Award

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Established in honor of Marcia Herndon (October 1, 1941 - May 19, 1997)


Purpose: The Marcia Herndon Award (for article-length works) and the Herndon Book Prize (for monographs and edited collections) were created to honor exceptional ethnomusicological work in gender and sexuality including, but not limited to, works that focus upon lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirited, homosexual, transgendered and multiple gender issues and communities.  The winning submissions will exemplify the highest qualities of originality, interpretation, theory, and communication.


Eligibility:  Open to any SEM member. Submitted projects should have been completed during the two preceding calendar years. Works will be accepted from any country and in any language (if a non-English work, contact the prize committee chair for requirements about providing an English translation or abstract).  Eligible "work" includes a published article, book, edition, annotated translation, conference paper, or other scholarly product (such as film, CD, website) accepted by the award committee. Individuals may be nominated for and receive the award on more than one occasion.


Prizes: The awards of $150 for each prize will be conferred at the annual meeting of the GST.


Regularity: Annually. The prize may be withheld by the decision of the committee.


Administration: The Marcia Herndon Award and the Herndon Book Prize committees shall be comprised of three or four members (each). Committee members will be members of the Gender and Sexualities Taskforce, and will be chosen at the annual business meeting of the GST.  The most recent recipients of the Award and the Prize will be strongly encouraged to serve on the following year’s respective committees, for the period of one year.


2020 Committee Members:


Marcia Herndon Award (for article-length works)

Kevin Schattenkirk, chair

Eduardo Herrera

K. Goldschmitt

Rachel Wilson Cota


Herndon Book Prize (for monograph-length works)

Kate Galloway, chair

Angela Impey

Myles McLean


Application Process:  A nomination statement should include the individual author's name, the title of the work, a description of the work (no more than one typed page), a statement affirming that the author is a member of SEM, and a statement to the effect that the work was completed during the previous two academic years.  (In the case of articles, books, and editions, by “completion” is meant the work’s publication or commitment to publish from an editor. A “completed” paper would entail its delivery at a conference or an academic forum.)  Please note:  a self-nomination should also include a brief Curriculum Vitae.  The committee will contact the author for additional materials - such as copies of the nominated work - as needed.  The committee will return copies of works if requested.


Application Deadline: Nomination statements should be received by 11:59 pm on April 1, 2020.  Statements must be sent by email to the current chair of the appropriate committee. 

For the Marcia Herndon Award, send your nomination statement to Dr. Kevin Schattenkirk:  kev.schatt@gmail.com   

For the Herndon Book Prize, send your nomination statement to Dr. Kate Galloway: kate.a.galloway@gmail.com



  • 2020 
    • Marcia Herndon Award: Anthony Rasmussen. "Acoustic Patriarchy: Hearing Gender Violence in Mexico City's Public Spaces" (Women & Music vol 23).
    • Honorable Mention for Marcia Herndon Award: Lauron Kehrer. "Who Slays? Queer Resonances in Beyonce's Lemonade" (Popular Music & Society 42(1).
    • Herndon Book Prize: Gregory Barz and William Cheng. Queering the Field: Sounding Out Ethnomusicology. New York: Oxford University Press (2019)
    • Honorable Mention for Herndon Book Prize: Sonja Downing. Gamelan Girls: Gender, Childhood, and Politics in Balinese Music Ensembles. Urbana: University of Illinois Press (2019)


  • 2019
    • Marcia Herndon Award:Denise Gill. "Listening, Muhabbet, and the Practice of Masculinity." Ethnomusicology 62(2):171-205 (2018)
    • Honorable Mention for Marcia Herndon Award:Eduardo Herrera. "Masculinity, Violence and Deindividualization in Argentine Soccer Chants:The Sonic Potentials of Participatory Sounding-in-Synchrony." Ethnomusicology 62(3): 470-499 (2018)
    • Herndon Book Prize: Angela Impey. Song Walking: Women, Music and Environmental Justice in an African Borderland. Chicago: University of Chicago Press (2018)
    • Honorable Mention for Herndon Book Prize: Julia Balén. A Queerly Joyful Noise: Choral Musicking for Social Justice. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press (2017)


  • 2018: 
    • Marcia Herndon Award: Jeff Roy. “From Jalsah to Jalsā: Music, Identity, and (Gender) Transitioning at a Hījrā Rite of Initiation.” Ethnomusicology 61(3): 389-418 (2017) 
    •  Honorable Mention: Catherine Appert. “Engendering Musical Ethnography.” Ethnomusicology 61(3): 446-467 (2017)
    •  Second Honorable Mention: Saida Daukeyeva. “Gender in Kazakh dombyra performance.” Ethnomusicology Forum 25(3): 283-305 (2016)
    •   Herndon Book Prize: Gillian Rodger. Just One of the Boys: Female-to-Male Cross-Dressing on the American Variety Stage. University of Illinois Press (2018)
    •  Honorable Mention:   E. Patrick Johnson, editor.   No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies. Duke University Press. (2016)       


  • 2017:
    •  Marcia Herndon Award: Meredith Schweig. "'Young Soldiers, One Day We Will Change Taiwan’: Masculinity Politics in the Taiwan Rap Scene,” Ethnomusicology 60/3 (Fall 2016): 383-410.
    •  Herndon Book Prize:  Sydney Hutchinson. Tigers of a Different Stripe: Performing Gender in Dominican Music. University of Chicago Press (2016).
    • Honorable Mention for Herndon Book Prize:  Allison McCracken. Real Men Don’t Sing: Crooning in American Culture.  Duke University Press (2015).


  • 2016:
    • Marcia Herndon Award: Shana Goldin-Perschbacher. "TransAmericana: Gender, Genre, and Journey."  In New Literary History, Vol. 46, No. 4 (Autumn 2015).
    • Herndon Book Prize: Moshe Morad. Fiesta de diez pesos: Music and Gay Identity in Special Period Cuba.  Routledge (2015). 


  • 2015: Stephen Amico. Roll Over, Tchaikovsky!: Russian Popular Music and Post-Soviet Homosexuality.  University of Illinois Press (2014).


  • 2014: Anna Morcom. Illicit Worlds of Indian Dance: Cultures of Exclusion. Oxford University Press (2014)


  • 2013: Sarah Hankins. "Size and Shape are Approximate, and Subject to Change: Queer Arousal and Musical Meaning." Paper presented at the 57th Annual Meeting of SEM in New Orleans, LA (2012)


  • 2012: David Kaminsky. "Gender and Sexuality in the Polska: Swedish Couple Dancing and the Challenge of Egalitarian Flirtation." Ethnomusicology Forum 20(2): 123-152 (2011)


  • 2011: Christina Sunardi. "Negotiating Authority and Articulating Gender: Performer Interaction in Malang, East Java." Ethnomusicology 55(1):31-54 (2011)


  • 2010: Sydney Hutchinson. "Becoming the Tiguera: The Female Accordionist in Dominican Meringue Tipico." World of Music. 50(3):37-56 (2008)


  • 2009: Stephanie Doktor. "Covering the Track, (Un)Covering Gender: PJ Harvey, Björk, and The Rolling Stones' 'Satisfaction.'" Paper presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of SEM at Wesleyan University, CT (2008)


  • 2008: Henry Spiller. "'To Make Ourselves Complete': Stowitts, Javanese Theatre, and American Masculinities." Paper presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of SEM in Columbus, OH (2007)


  • 2007: Sonja Downing. "Embodied Learning of Music and Gender in Balinese Children's Gamelans." Paper presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of SEM in Honolulu, HI (2006)


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