Modern Heavy Metal -conference (Helsinki, June 8-12, 2015) cfp-deadline approaching

Markets, Practices and Cultures

International Academic Research Conference
June 8-12, 2015

Hosted by:
Aalto University School of Business

Co-hosted by:
University of Helsinki; IIPC / University of Turku; Sibelius Academy / University of the Arts Helsinki; Åbo Akademi University in Turku; Finnish Jazz & Pop Archive

Since its birth over 40 year ago, the music genre of heavy metal and hard rock has become not only a significant sub-culture but also an acknowledged subject for academic studies in various fields, even an interdisciplinary field of study in its own right. In the last few years, we have witnessed an increasing amount of events and publications in the metal academia, addressing the multiplicity of metal cultures, practices, and markets. The “International Society for Metal Music Studies” (ISMMS) and Metal Music Studies journal have also been established. In April 2013, the members of metal academia gathered in the “Heavy Metal and Popular Culture Conference”, hosted by the Bowling Green State University, in Ohio U.S. A decision was made there to bring the next main conference to Helsinki, Finland, the renowned metal capital of the Northern hemisphere.

Metal music has suffused to multiple directions, different markets and cultural layers – remaining marginal in some while enjoying mainstream success others. It has taken many forms, created a countless number of subgenres and representations, flirted and connected with other music genres and cultural products. Global and transnational communities have come into being simultaneously with the birth and development of local scenes. Moreover, the evolution of metal, as any other music genre, is impacted by the technological and economic revolution that has radically reshaped the forms of music production, delivery, consumption and culture – let alone the role of social media in communication, community building and fandom. Altogether, metal is embracing new fans and markets, creating new practices, forming new cultures, while treasuring the strong and polymorphous legacy of the genre. This brings along plenty of new challenges and opportunities for metal music studies in different genres.

The “Modern Heavy Metal” (MHM) conference will review, explore and discuss the current standing of metal; the plethora of its forms, cultures, practices, and markets. The conference will consist of research presentations, keynote speeches, industry/artist/media panels and other metal-laden program. In addition to the academic contents, the plan is to create close connections to the metal practice: the artists, their managers and other stakeholders, media, as well as the general metal audience. The event week will most likely include other metal entertainment spread over the evenings and the weekends.

IIPC Visiting Fellow, Autumn 2014

We are delighted to announce that Professor Gregory Seigworth (Millersville University, USA) has been appointed as the second IIPC Visiting Fellow.

Gergory Seigworth is Professor of Communication Studies in the Department of Communication and Theatre. He has published widely in journals such as Cultural Studies, Architectural Design, Culture Machine, and m/c. He has contributed chapters to various books, including Deleuze: Key Concepts, Animations of Deleuze and Guattari, and New Cultural Studies. Most recently he has co-edited, with Dr. Melissa Gregg (University of Sydney), a collection of essays on affect and cultural theory, The Affect Theory Reader (2011, Duke University Press).

During his stay at the University of Turku, in November and December 2014, Professor Seigworth will give two IIPC Debate lectures, and has a weekly research seminar for the Master’s Degree Pathway on Popular Culture Studies, PhD Programme in Popular Culture Studies (PPCS), and other PhD students of IIPC affiliated departments.

IPC Research Clinic #8: European Right Wing Heritage and Popular Culture

IIPC Research Clinic #8: European Right Wing Heritage and Popular Culture
Tue the 3rd June, 16:00-18:00, Seminar Room Litzen (E117, Minerva Building, Kaivokatu 12, Turku).

There will be two talks to generate discussion:

Dr Eva Kingsepp (Department of History, University of Stockholm): This Land was made for War': Western popular history narratives of the Second World War in North Africa and the Middle East

Professor Kees Ribbens (NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies / Center for Historical Culture, Erasmus University Rotterdam): Ebay as a remedy for the historian’s blind eye? Understanding popular culture of the World Wars

EUPOP 2014 (London, July 29-31), 2nd cfp

2nd Call for papers: Deadline: Friday, May 30th, 2014

Individual paper and panel contributions are welcomed for the third annual international conference of the European Popular Culture Association (EPCA), to be held at the University of the Arts, London UK ( 272 HIGH HOLBORN , London WC1 )
from July 29th – 31st 2014.

EUPOP 2014 will explore European popular culture in all its various forms. This could include European Film (past and present), Television, Music, Celebrity, The Body, Fashion, New Media, Comics and Popular Literature, Sport, Heritage, and Curation. The special streams will include themes such as Violence (Horror), Commodification of Popular Culture, Sport, Spirituality (the Occult), Nationalism and its Ideological Forms, Paganism (Celtic Studies, Nordic Mythologies), and Technology.

There will be opportunities for networking, publishing, and developing caucus groups within the EPCA. Presenters at EUPOP 2014 will be encouraged to develop their papers for publication in a number of Intellect journals, including the EPCA’s Journal of European Popular Culture. Journal editors will be working closely with strand convenors – a full list of Intellect journals is available at:

Papers and Complete Panels for all strands will be subject to peer review. Proposals for individual presentations must not exceed 20 minutes in length, and those for panels – not more than 90 minutes. In the latter case, please provide a short description of the panel along with individual abstracts. Poster presentations and video projections are also warmly welcomed.

Proposals comprising a 300 word abstract, your full name, affiliation, and contact details (as a Word-file attachment, not a PDF) should be submitted to Pamela Church Gibson ( – the same address is available for general administrative queries) until March 28, 2014. Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged via e-mail.

The conference draft program will be announced at the end of May, 2014, along with the conference registration and accommodation details.

Keynote speakers: Information will be posted shortly.

The European Popular Culture Association

The European Popular Culture Association (EPCA) promotes the study of popular culture from, in, and about Europe. Popular culture involves a wide range of activities, material forms and audiences. EPCA aims to examine and discuss these different aspects as they relate both to Europe and to Europeans across the globe, whether contemporary or historical.

Kind Regards,
EPCA President, Pamela Church Gibson,
Journal of European Popular Culture editor, Graeme Harper,
PCA-Finland Director, Adjunct Professor Kari Kallioniemi,
IIPC Coordinator Kimi Kärki,

IIPC Research Clinic #7: Arkistoista potkua poptutkimukselle

Ma 19.5. klo 10-12, Janus-sali (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)

10.00 Avaussanat

10.05-11.00 Dosentti Janne Mäkelä (Suomen Jazz & Pop Arkisto): Populaarikulttuurin tutkimuksen vanhat ja uudet arkistopalvelut

11.00-12.00 Dosentti Arja Kuula (Yhteiskuntatieteellinen tietoarkisto): Yhteiskuntatieteellisen tietoarkiston palvelut

IIPC Research Clinic
International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC, ) tekee monitieteisiä ja tiedekuntarajat ylittäviä avauksia. Keskeinen työkalu on IIPC Research Clinic -ajatushautomo, jossa tuoreita tutkimusaloitteita työstetään monitieteisenä, ”avoimen koodin” yhteistyönä. ”Avoin koodi” tarkoittaa tässä sitä, että projekteja rakennetaan tiedekuntarajat ylittävän jakamisen ja vuorovaikutuksen kautta yhteisinä hankkeina.
Vuosien 2013-2015 strateginen ydinajatus on tuottaa uusia aloitteita kahdella tutkimusalueella, jotka ylittävät tieteenalojen rajat ja joissa tarvitaan monialaista yhteistyötä ja joihin populaarikulttuuri avaa hedelmällisen näkökulman. Nämä ovat 1) teknologia/ekologia ja 2) väkivalta/hyvinvointi.
Nämä jännitteiset teemat kattavat merkittävän osan tämän päivän populaarikulttuuriin liittyvää keskustelua ja ovat keskeisiä kulttuuristen vuorovaikutusprosessien kannalta. Ne kiinnittyvät myös laajempaan voimistuvaan yhteiskunnalliseen keskusteluun hyvinvoinnista, väkivallasta ja ympäristöstä. Siksi ne tarjoavat erinomaiset mahdollisuudet yhteistyöhön Turun yliopiston eri tiedekuntien kesken.


Spend your sabbatical or research leave in Turku, Finland, in an inspiring academic atmosphere.


The International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC) is a multi-disciplinary research unit concerned with promoting cutting-edge research on contemporary popular culture. We aim not only to chart and explain emerging cultural forms but also to investigate the history and transformations of popular culture. The Institute is committed to pursuing academic excellence, and to promoting ambitious, high-quality research while facilitating international scholarly exchange and collaborative publications.

The IIPC Visiting Fellow will receive travel costs to and from Turku, Finland, accommodation during the stay, and office space to work in. We will not pay your salary or other living expenses. We are looking for outstanding scholars with a research interest in popular culture to stay with us for one month. We require the fellow to give an IIPC Debate lecture (see at the beginning and the end of the stay, and to run a weekly IIPC Research Seminar. The first possibility to arrive is in the autumn 2014. The minimum requirement for visiting fellows is a PhD degree in a germane area of research on popular culture.

May 16, 2014, we advise those planning to join us in Autumn 2014 to contact us as soon as possible.

IIPC Coordinator Kimi Kärki: kimi.karki(at), tel. +358 2 333 5890
The postal address of the institute is:
IIPC, Department of Cultural History
University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku