Sound Matters  is a blog about making ethnomusicological research and debates accessible to and engaged with the wider public.  Sponsored by the Society for Ethnomusicology, the blog is a peer-reviewed digital publication that emphasizes collaboration and new ways of doing ethnomusicology. Sound Matters provides a platform for young, independent and tenured scholars, inclusive of those working inside and outside academic institutions, to challenge the status quo in the field of ethnomusicology and colonial forms of knowledge production.

The blog welcomes and encourages media-rich contributions (sound, video, photos) as a way to provoke new research questions and generate a broader interest in ethnomusicology scholarship and teaching.

Sound Matters was launched in 2014 by the inaugural Editor-in-Chief Jim Cowdery (RILM). The current Editor-in-Chief is Eliot Bates (The Graduate Center, CUNY).

Editorial Board
The Sound Matters Editorial Advisory Board is tasked with broad issues such as establishing blog guidelines, and stands ready for consultation on any matters that the Editor deems beyond the realm of peer review. The Board is chaired by the Editor.

Current Editorial Advisory Board members:

Eliot Bates (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
Farah Zahra (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
Brian Bond (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)

Founding Editorial Advisory Board:

James Cowdery, Founding Editor-in-Chief (RILM)
Nilanjana Bhattacharjya (Arizona State University)
Rachel Colwell (University of California at Berkeley)
Sandra Graham (Babson College)
Frederick Moehn (King’s College London)

We are looking both for individual posts, as well as suggestions for curated “mini-issues” that include several blog posts exploring a particular topic. Please contact us at soundmattersblog@gmail.com if you have a topic you’d like to propose!