Musiikintutkimus, Nyt! / Musikforskning, Nu! / Music Research, Now!

Friday February 4, 2022.

The initial reservation is 10 am to 4 pm, with a lunch break, but the event is likely to be shorter.

Place: Publicum 3 (Assistentinkatu 7, University of Turku). We will be closely monitoring the Covid-situation, and change the event to zoom webinar, if necessary.

The eleventh 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 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 the following form:

The registration deadline is Friday December 17, 2021.

The seminar program will be published on IIPC website by Monday December 20, 2021:

The speakers will also be notified by e-mail.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Dr Kimi Kärki (kimi.karki at

Organizer: The Department of Cultural History, University of Turku, in collaboration with the Departments of Musicology and Music Education at the University of Turku, the Department of Musicology at Åbo Akademi University, and the International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC).


IIPC Debate 4 Nov

IIPC-debate 113

To 4.11, klo 16-18, hybridinä paikassa Arcanum, A267
Popmusiikin uusi aika?

Jukka Haarma

Kaikki muuttui tasan 13 vuotta sitten, syksyllä 2008. Silloin avautui Spotify. Sen jälkeen musiikkimaailma ei ole ollut entisensä.
Ei ehkä ole sattumaa, että juuri ruotsalaiset toivat samalla popmusiikin takaisin populaarimusiikin keskiöön. Ruotsi on aina ollut popmaa, päinvastoin kuin Suomi.
Mutta mitä me tarkoitamme popmusiikilla? Ja mihin perustuu väite popmusiikin uudesta ajasta? Ja jos elämme sen uutta aikaa, niin koska oli popin ensimmäinen aika? Ja mitä yhtymäkohtia noilla kahdella ajalla on keskenään?


Ilmoittautumiset ja zoom-info:


Jukka Haarma on kuunnellut populaarimusiikkia 1950-luvun lopusta lähtien. 1970-luvun lopusta 2010-luvun alkuun hän toimi Yleisradiossa mm. musiikkitoimittajana ja -päällikkönä. Sen jälkeen hän on kirjoittanut ensirakkaudestaan musiikista mm. blogissaan ja on parhaillaan mukana kirjoittamassa kirjaa tämän vuosituhannen suomalaisesta popmusiikista.

Yves Montand 100 Years Webinar

On October 13th, 2021 at 1.00-2.30pm EEST (at 11 am in London, 12 am in Paris, 1pm in Moscow, and 9pm in Sydney) we will celebrate Yves Montand’s 100th birthday by organizing an online seminar. The event is based on the book Yves Montand in the USSR. Cultural Diplomacy and Mixed Messages (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2021).

IIPC Debate 11 Oct

IIPC Debate 112, Mon 11 Oct, 2:15 pm (online, zoom-info below)


‘Youthification’ of television through online drama and real-time storytelling?
Dr Vilde Schanke Sundet (University of Oslo)

Short abstract: For television producers aiming to reconnect with younger audiences, online drama published in real time has become an attractive new format. This is especially true for the Nordic countries, where several successful real-time online drama series have already been developed and produced. In short, playing with time and platforms has become an essential strategy for many storytellers trying to reintroduce a sense of liveness and realness. What are the pros and cons of this way of producing and publishing online drama? What can these digital-first, youth-targeted productions teach us about television as an always-changing medium that constantly has to ‘youthify’ itself to stay relevant? This talk positions online drama and real-time storytelling within a larger frame of how streaming is changing the television industry and its production cultures, publishing models and industry-audience relations. It builds on an in-depth study of the Norwegian public service broadcaster (NRK) and some of its game-changing drama productions (Lilyhammer, SKAM, blank). The analysis draws on more than a hundred interviews with television experts and fans, hundreds of hours of observations, and unique access to industry conferences, meetings, working documents, and ratings. It combines perspectives from production studies, media industry studies, and fan studies.
This talk is based on Sundet’s book, Television Drama in the Age of streaming: Transnational Strategies and Digital Production Cultures at the NRK:  
Short bio: Vilde Schanke Sundet (PhD) is a researcher at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo. She has published extensively on topics of television production, media industries, media policy and audiences/fans. Her work is published in journals such as New Media & Society, Media, Culture & Society, European Journal of Communication, Poetics, Television & New Media, Critical Studies in Television, Media History, International Journal of Cultural Policy, and Journal of Fandom Studies. Her recent book is Television Drama in the Age of Streaming (Palgrave, 2021). See more:




IIPC Debate with Vilde Schanke Sundet
Time: Oct 11, 2021 02:00 PM Europe/Riga
Meeting ID: 675 7479 2516
Passcode: 110899

EUPOP Online, July 16, 2021

Join us at

EUPOP Online

A free European Popular Culture Association (EPCA) zoom event

July 16, 2021, 4-7 pm Finnish time (GMT +3)

Keynote speakers:

Sarah Gilligan (Northumbria University, UK):

Fashioning the Strange: Tilda Swinton, Film and Photography

Laura Saarenmaa (University of Turku, Finland):

Taming the nasty (nazi) past. Popular recollection of American, Swedish and Finnish men’s magazines

Maria Shteynman (HSE University, Russia):

The Transmedial Witcher: Political History, Race Diversity and Feminism Issues

Register to EPCA Secretary, Dr Kimi Kärki [ kimi . karki ( at ) utu . fi ] by July 15, 2021, to receive the zoom-link for the event.

Follow the info at EPCA Facebook and

IIPC Debate 21 April

IIPC Debate 111, Wed 21 April, 5:15 pm (online, zoom-info below)

Dependent, distracted, bored: Affective formations in networked media
Professor Susanna Paasonen (University of Turku)

According to a dominant narrative repeated in journalistic and academic accounts for more than a decade, we are addicted to the digital devices, apps, and sites designed to distract us, which drive us to boredom and harm our capacities to focus, relate, remember, and be. Focusing on three affective formations — dependence, distraction, and boredom — as key to understanding both the landscape of contemporary networked media and the concerns connected to it, this talk challenges the dominant narrative and argues for the centrality of accounting for complexity and ambiguity instead. Dependence and agency, distraction and attention, boredom and excitement can be seen as dynamics that enmesh, oscillate, enable, and depend on one another — and, in some instances, cannot be told apart.

The debate is based on the book, Dependent, Distracted, Bored, out on April 20 with MIT Press.

Susanna Paasonen is a Finnish feminist scholar. She is a Professor of Media Studies at the University of Turku, and was a visiting scholar at MIT in 2016. She gained her PhD from the University of Turku in 2002; her dissertation was on gender and the popularization of the internet, which was later published through Peter Lang. After holding positions at the universities of Tampere, Jyväskylä and Helsinki, Paasonen was appointed Professor of Media Studies at the University of Turku on 1 August 2011, and publishes on internet research, media theory, sexuality, pornography and affect.

Topic: IIPC Debate
Time: Apr 21, 2021 05:15 PM Helsinki
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IIPC Debate 24.3.

IIPC Debate 110, ke 24.3. klo 16:15 (online, Zoom-tiedot tapahtumatiedotteen lopussa)
Leevi & the Leavingsin pitkä kulttuurihistoria
Dosentti Janne Mäkelä (Vapaa tutkija / Taideyliopisto)

Leevi & the Leavings oli vuosituhannen vaihteen tunnetuimpia musiikkinimiä Suomessa. Yhtyeen suosio oli poikkeuksellista, sillä kokoonpano ei toiminta-aikanaan 1978–2003 esiintynyt keikkalavoilla ja loppuvaiheessa myös sen johtaja Gösta Sundqvist vältteli antamasta haastatteluja medialle. Tässä luennossa menestystarinaa valotetaan musiikin tekemisen, jakamisen ja kokemisen näkökulmista ja väitetään, että tragikoomisista kappaleistaan tunnettu yhtye oli “kulttuurihistoriallinen projekti”, joka oli sysätty liikkeelle vuosikymmeniä aiemmin ja jonka jäljet näkyvät selkeänä vielä 2020-luvullakin.

FT, dosentti Janne Mäkelä toimii vapaana kirjoittajana ja Taideyliopiston Sibelius-Akatemian vierailevana tutkijana. Hän on Turun yliopiston populaarikulttuurin historian dosentti. Hänen julkaisujaan ovat muun muassa John Lennon Imagined: Cultural History of a Rock Star (2004), Kansainvälisen populaarimusiikin historiaa (2011, e-versio Pophistoria: kuinka musiikki muutti maailman) ja Nubbenin levyt: taiteilija Lars-Gunnar Nordström jazzkeräilijänä (2019). Parhaillaan Mäkelä kirjoittaa Pop & Jazz Konservatorion historiaa.

Zoom meeting

Topic: IIPC Debate
Time: Mar 24, 2021 04:00 PM Helsinki

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Passcode: 843799

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Music Research, Now! Fri the 29th January (online)

Music Research, Now! will be arranged the 10th time already. Part of the day will be conducted in English.

Info (in Finnish):

Programme (in English):