With this assignment, you can earn up to 3 points added to your final average in the class (or, about a third of a letter grade: a B+ would become an A-). The assignment is due on Moodle by 12:00pm on Monday, November 14. No late submissions will be accepted.

For this assignment, you have the opportunity to experience (albeit via the web) the sort of intellectual work that ethnomusicologists do when they get together at their conferences. The Society for Ethnomusicology streams some of the panel sessions (live and archived) online. The 2016 conference is being held this weekend (November 10–13), and for extra credit, you should watch a complete session from the conference and write a response to the session. (Note: because the panels are archived after they conclude, you don’t have to watch the session live as it is happening. However, you only have until Monday to complete the assignment, so you need to watch over the weekend of the conference.)

You can access the streaming schedule and list of panels here. Make sure this directs you to the 2016 conference page; previous years have been archived, but you will not receive credit for watching a session from a previous conference. Also, you may choose any session that interests you for this assignment, but it must be a session with papers or a roundtable discussion. Do not write about the opening ceremony or the general membership meeting!

Your response should be 3-4 pages (typed, double-spaced). In your response, you should summarize the overall theme of the panel, and briefly note how each paper contributed to that theme. You should then describe one paper in depth, summarizing its argument as well as assessing the nature of the Q-&-A that followed it. In order to receive credit, your response must demonstrate that you have actually watched the session (i.e., not simply riffed on the titles in the program) and that you have grasped the argument of the paper you summarize. You are also welcome to approach this response paper as a kind of ethnographic project, paying attention to the arrangement of the room, the nature of interactions between panelists and audience members, etc. But you must be sure that you include the required summary and assessment of thematic coherence in the panel and individual paper!