IIPC Debate Dec 11

IIPC Debate #63
Thu 11 Dec, 2-4 pm, Seminar room E225 (Minerva Building, Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Dr Albion Butters (University of Turku)
Enter the Mandala: Musings on a Cross-Media Project in Progress

This talk will explore various aspects of cross-media — from comics to film, from online communities to games — in the context of an ongoing project in the United States named Mandala. My goal is to trace some of its successes and failures in relation to the changing landscape of cross-media since the project began in 2007, offering both a high-level historical perspective and insight into specific obstacles and opportunities today.

ALBION BUTTERS (PhD, Columbia University, 2006) is a Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Religion at the University of Turku. Aside from his academic background in Asian religions with a focus in Tibetan Buddhism, he is also one of the founders and Creative Director of the Big ‘I’ Group, a cross-media studio in the United States. He is one of the creators of the Mandala graphic novel published by Dark Horse in May 2014, and he is currently writing a book on the evolution of spiritual content in comics.

Music Research, Now!

Music Research, Now! / Musiikintutkimus, nyt! / Musikforskning, nu!

January 23, 2015
Department of Musicology, University of Turku
Janus Lecture Hall (Artium Building, Sirkkala Campus Area; Kaivokatu 12)

Hey, what’s going on?

The fourth annual Music Research, Now! symposium invites Turku-based researchers from whatever field of study, engaging with music or sound, to present their ongoing research at this event.

The main purpose of the event is to facilitate networking among music researchers from various departments and units at the University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Sibelius Museum, and other educational and cultural institutes in Turku. We especially encourage scholars from such fields as, but not limited to, musicology, music education, cultural history, art and media studies, cultural studies, sociology, philosophy, gender studies, and archive work, to actively participate in the event. The symposium is an opportunity for a researcher to receive feedback from the entire pool of music/sound researchers working in the city.

Because of the growing number of educational programs and pathways in English at the universities, and of international and exchange students and researchers, this cfp is written in English, but papers are invited in Finnish and Swedish in addition to English.

The presentations will be speed talks: a 10-minute presentation and 5 minutes for discussion.

In order to register for Music Research, Now! please fill in the online registration form at:


The registration deadline is Friday January 9, 2015.

The seminar program will be published on this website on January 15, 2015.


The speakers will also be notified by e-mail.

For more information please contact the symposium secretary, Sini Mononen
siinmo@utu.fi (Department of Musicology, University of Turku).

Organizer: The Department of Musicology, University of Turku, in collaboration with the Departments of Cultural History and Music Education at the University of Turku and the Department of Musicology at Åbo Akademi University.

IIPC Debate #61

Thu 20 Nov, 4-6 pm, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Professor Robynn Stilwell (Georgetown University, Washington):
Take a Bow: Girls’ Voices in Girls’ Stories

ROBYNN STILWELL is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Georgetown University, Washington, US. She is well-known for her extensive work on cultural music research. Her publications have ranged from film and television music, Beethoven and masculinity, rock music and femininity, and French/American musical and dance culture interactions, to classical ballet, science fiction, and figure skating. Among her edited collections include Cultural Politics and Propaganda: Composing for the Screen in Germany and the USSR, with Phil Powrie (Indiana University Press, 2007), Changing Tunes: Issues in Music and Film, with Phil Powrie (Ashgate, 2006), and The Musical: Hollywood and Beyond, with Bill Marshall (Intellect, 2000). Currently she is writing two books, one on the female voice and the identity formation of young girls in cinema since 1990, and one on “intermediality”: modes of representation and performance in television that stem from radio, live theatre, and cinema.

IIPC Debates #60, #62 and Seminar on Affect Theory

IIPC Debate #60
Wed 19 Nov, 4-6 pm, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Professor Gregory Seigworth (Millersville University, USA):

This debate will be joined by Mona Mannevuo from Gender Studies, University of Turku. She will talk about her forthcoming chapter in a book “New Arrangements of Gender and Labour in Post-Fordist Times” (eds. Lisa Adkins, Maryanne Dever, Anne Kovalainen).

And the second Professor Seigworth Debate in December:

IIPC Debate #62
Wed 10 Dec, 4-6 pm, Janus Hall
Taking Stock of Affect Theory: Worldings/Tendings/Futures

GREGORY J. SEIGWORTH is Professor of Communication Studies in the Department of Communication and Theatre at Millersville University, Pennsylvania, US. He has published widely in journals such as Cultural Studies, Architectural Design, Culture Machine, and m/c. Greg has contributed chapters to various books, including Deleuze: Key Concepts, Animations of Deleuze and Guattari, and New Cultural Studies. Most recently Greg has co-edited, with Dr. Melissa Gregg (University of Sydney), The Affect Theory reader (Duke UP 2010), being and one of the leading authorities in the field.

These are both part of the following course:

Seminar on Affect Theory (3 ECTS)
Wednesdays 16:00-18/20:00, 19.11.- 10.12.

IIPC Visiting Professor Gregory Seigworth will be teaching a seminar on affect and contemporary cultural theory for MA and PhD students at the School of History, Culture and Art Studies.

The course consists of readings, two seminar sessions and discussions, as well as two IIPC debate lectures by Seigworth: 19.11., Debt/Affect/Gesture/Interface, 10.12.Taking Stock of Affect Theory: Worldings/Tendings/Futures.

The two seminar sessions at seminar room Jäntere (Minerva E121) 4 pm onwards, as long as needed at each time.

If you are interested in participating to the course, please contact IIPC Coordinator Kimi Kärki (kierka@utu.fi) by Tue 18 Nov.

IIPC Debate 12 November

IIPC Debate #59
Wed 12 November, 2-4 pm, Seminar Room 223 (Minerva Building, Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Dr. Markus Heide (Uppsala University, Sweden):
Border Film and the US-Canada Divide

Arranged together with The John Morton Center for North American Studies (JMC Current Issues Seminar # 4).

Dr. Markus Heide is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of English, Swedish Institute for North American Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden. Besides Uppsala, he has worked and been a fellow at Harvard University, USA, Ludwig Maximilians Universität Munich, Humboldt University Berlin and McMaster University, Canada. His research interests include e.g. postcolonial literature and culture theory, film history, cultural history of various ethnic groups in USA and Canada, and early American novel. His publications include Kanadischer Film: Geschichte, Themen, Tendenzen. Konstanz: Universitätsverlag Konstanz (UVK), 2006. [with Claudia Kotte], Grenzüberschreibungen: Chicano/a-Erzählliteratur und die Inszenierung von Kulturkontakt. Heidelberg: Winter, 2004. The Americas in the Nineteenth Century: Inter-American Perspectives on U.S. Literature, American Studies/Amerikastudien, special issue 53.1 (2008). [ed., with Gabriele Pisarz-Ramírez], Eating Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Food. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2003. [ed., with Tobias Döring and Susanne Mühleisen], and Postcolonial Passages: Migration and Its Metaphors, ZAA – Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, special issue 3 (2001). [ed., with Mita Banerjee und Mark Stein].

IIPC Debate 6 November

IIPC Debate #58
Thu 6 November, 4-6 pm Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Professor Andrew Herman (Wilfrid Lauriel University, Canada & Aarhus University, Denmark):
Media Materialities, Affective Labour and the Moral Economy of Cultures of Innovation in Digital Capitalism

This paper will report on my on-going research project into comparative cultures of innovation of “high-tech” start up sectors within national formations of digital capitalism. This research project examines the spatial registers and digitally mediated work practices of the cultures of productions of regional tech sectors in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Israel. The overall research project is an on-going, multi-modal ethnography of the performativities of digitally mediated labour in the tech sector, an assemblage of material and imaginary elements that I felicitously term “Blackberry™ capitalism”. The research project is animated by an analytical framework that is located at located at the interstices of the epistemological concerns of radical empiricism and new media materialism, one the hand, and the ontological concerns of theories of digital capitalism and immaterial labour on the other. For my talk in Turku, I will discuss one phase of the (much) larger ethnographic project. This phase is focused on a digital media business “accelerator” in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada called “the Communitech Hub”. Prior to its transformation into a “node in the national network” of Canadian informational capital, the building that houses the Hub was home to the Lang Tannery, which, in its heyday, was the largest tannery operation in the British Empire. Where animal skins were once turned into materials for worker’s clothing, work is now transmogrified into play as “big ideas are turned into big companies” within the friendly confines of the Hub’s metaphorical sandbox. I will explore how the imaginary of technological innovation and entrepreneurship of the Hub is organized around and through the socio-technical affordances of mobile media forms. Such media forms, I argue, are essential to the successful propagation of “project” based networks that are the primary vehicles (literally and figuratively) for the accumulation and movement of informational capital. Yet part and parcel of the creation and sustenance of such projective networks is an affective bearing of people in the project towards their work and its goal that is thoroughly mediated by the materialities of mobile media they work with and on. This, in turn, creates differential mobilities of power within the Communitech Hub between funders, project leaders, and designers. Thus, contrary to many contemporary analyses of affective labor in digital capitalism that emphasize its “immaterality”, such labour is always-already material in fundamental ways.

Andrew Herman is an associate professor of Communication Studies in the Faculty of Arts on the Waterloo campus. He received his BA in Government from Georgetown University and his PhD in Sociology from Boston College. Before joining Laurier in 2004, he taught at Drake University, Boston College, College of the Holy Cross, and York University. He has been chair of the Communication Studies department and Director of the MA Program in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory. He has written widely in the field of social theory, media and culture and his appeared in scholarly journals such as Cultural Studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, South Atlantic Quarterly, and Anthropological Quarterly. Among his many publications are The “Better Angel” of Capitalism: Rhetoric, Narrative and Moral Identity Among Men of the American Upper Class (Westview, 1999) and his edited collections, Mapping the Beat: Popular Music and Contemporary Cultural Theory (Blackwell, 1997), The World Wide Web and Contemporary Cultural Theory (Routledge, 2000) and Theories of the Mobile Internet: Materialities and Imaginaries (Routledge, 2014).

IIPC Debate 16 October

IIPC Debate #57
Thu 16 October, 4-6 pm Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Professor Tricia Rose (Brown University):
Commercial US Hip Hop and Racial Storytelling in the Age of Obama

This talk will examine the complicated impact of the commercialization of US hip hop on the ideas and images disseminated globally as well as the links between hip hop commerce, radicalized fan desires and US racial discourse in a so-called “post-race” era.

Tricia Rose (Ph.D, Brown University, American Civilization, 1993) is Professor of Africana Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. She specializes in 20th century African-American culture and politics, social history, popular culture, gender and sexuality. In addition to her scholarly interest in black cultural production, the role of new technologies and ideologies about race in U.S. life, and the politics of intimacy and social justice, a central facet of her work reflects a deep interest in examining the current legacies of racial and other forms of structural relations and exploring the creative and visionary strategies developed by artists, communities and movements to build a more just society.

Books by Professor Rose:
• The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop and Why It Matters, Basic Civitas, 2008.
• Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003.
• Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America, Wesleyan University Press, 1994.
• Microphone Fiends: Youth Music and Culture, edited by Andrew Ross and Tricia Rose, Routledge, 1994.