General Editor’s Note: Special Issues
Issue 58.3 is the first “Special Issue” in the history of the Symposium, and we are delighted to welcome in this new era of collaboration as we host guest editors and themed articles. Since Special Issues are focused on a particular topic, they are beneficial to the unique disciplines of our readership. Both professionals and scholars can explore a concept on a more detailed level while gaining the insight of varied outlooks which are all presented in one place. As other scholarly publications recognize, these pointed issues benefit readers and authors as they communicate useful information, but they also buoy the health of journals since they attract a fair amount of interest and are often referenced time and again. Ideas for Special Issues can come from many sources. The Symposium may invite leading scholars to write a group of articles on a topic that is particularly relevant, or a special issue can be developed from noteworthy papers and presentations at conferences, symposia, or workshops, or the Symposium might solicit a “Call for Special Issue Proposals.”
Quality can never be sacrificed, so all Symposium Special Issue articles must follow the guidelines and standards of the journal. Authors must prepare original, well-written work that is of significance to Symposium readership. Guest editors (one or more per issue) must ensure that all manuscripts receive rigorous peer review and that ethical standards of academic publishing are met.
LISA URKEVICH, PhD is the Chair of the Department of Music and Drama at the American University of Kuwait (AUK), Professor of Musicology/Ethnomusicology, and has served as Senior Advisor of Strategy for the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Senior Advisor of Music for the General Culture Authority. In 2015-2016 she was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. Before moving to the Middle East, as a two-time Senior Fulbright Scholar, Urkevich was a professor at Boston University where she held a joint position in the College of Fine Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She has taught both western and non-western music courses at a variety of institutions. She holds four degrees in music: PhD University of Maryland, MM Florida State University, BS Towson University, BA University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Urkevich is a specialist in the performing culture of the Arabian Peninsula, where she has undertaken fieldwork for almost two decades. She is the author of Music and Traditions of the Arabian Peninsula: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar (New York/London: Routledge: 2015), lauded as “among a handful of the best books on traditional music” (Roots World), and “one of the most comprehensive books on music anywhere in the Middle East and North Africa” (The National).
Along with ethnomusicological work, Urkevich is an established historical musicologist. Through her Renaissance music publications, she proved in two separate studies that precious surviving music books were not the possessions of royal men as formerly believed but were the books of women (Anne Boleyn; and Anne of France). Her findings have an impact on a myriad of factors, including the dating and source stemmas of major compositions.
Urkevich is a former editor of the International CPE Bach Edition, for whom she worked for two years. For seven years she was the Film/Video Reviews Editor of the Yearbook for Traditional Music (UNESCO). She is the 2015 recipient of the Alumna of the Year Award at the University of Maryland. www.urkevich.com