IIPC Debate 20 Nov

IIPC Debate 78
Fri 20 Nov, 12-14, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Author & Fulbright Scholar William Doyle (University of Eastern Finland)
Secrets of the Oval Office: Time Traveling in the Cockpit of American History

William Doyle is a 2015-2016 Fulbright Scholar at UEF-Joensuu, a New York Times bestselling author, and an award-winning documentary film and TV producer for HBO, A&E and PBS networks.

Join William for an incredible journey based on his critically-acclaimed book INSIDE THE OVAL OFFICE: THE WHITE HOUSE TAPES and discover the behind-closed-doors secrets of FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton. The book is based on thousands of hours of declassified files and secret White House tapes, and Doyle’s interviews with Oval Office insiders including Henry Kissinger and Donald Rumsfeld.

How would it feel to hold in your hands the power to change the world – or destroy it?  Thirteen Americans have known that power, inside the cockpit of American history: the Oval Office. The astonishing reality of what goes on in the Oval Office when the doors are closed has never been revealed until now, in the book INSIDE THE OVAL OFFICE. “If they want this job, fuck ‘em. They can have it…You could have those bombs go off and blow up fifteen cities in the   United States.”                          John F. Kennedy secret White House tape, 1962 “If for Freud the glimpse of the parental bedroom was the primal scene of sexuality in character formation, the Oval Office is the primal scene of power.”       New York Times book review of Inside the Oval Office It is the room where history is born, scandals erupt and crises explode, the scene of horrific blunders and hair-raising drama. It is the world’s most dangerous office, where a single mistake can change history forever.War and peace. Chaos and crisis. Supreme despair and ultimate hope. Life and death on a colossal scale. The highest stakes in history.  It all happens inside the Oval Office.


William Doyle is a 2015-2016 Fulbright Scholar based in Finland, focusing on global education best practices and the schools of tomorrow. He is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling writer on American history and politics and TV producer whose credits include projects for HBO, A&E and PBS. He co-authored the 2014 book “Navy Seals: Their Untold Story” and co-authored the companion hit PBS documentary; authored the just-released book “PT 109: An American Epic of War, Survival and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy”; and co-authored with his wife the new book “Secrets of the World’s Healthiest Children”, an examination of Japanese healthy longevity. Born and raised in New York City, he is the father of an 8-year-old boy who attends Finnish public school. During his Fulbright, Doyle has worked with students and faculty at three Finnish institutions (the University of East Finland, the University of Turku and the University of Lapland) to identify and promote child-centered, evidence-based global best practices to improve the well-being and learning of children in K-8 education.

This debate is co-organised with the John Morton Center for North American Studies (JMC).

Warm welcome!!!


SELMA, Flikforsk!, Nordic Network for Girlhood Studies, and IIPC collaborate in order to bring you this symposium:


Please, visit the webpage for more information and a registration link :

Program for 11.12.2015

10.00 – 10.15 Opening of symposium

10.15 Anna Järvinen, Artist & Musician
Det var inget (Presentation in Swedish)

11.00 Bodil Formark, Umeå University & Kajsa Widegren, Gothenburg University
Akademiskt flickskrot (Presentation in Swedish)

11.30 Maarit Leskelä-Kärki, University of Turku
Dreaming Annabel. Narrative strategies in Tales of Us by Goldfrapp

12.00 – 12.45 LUNCH BREAK

12.45 Anna Biström, University of Helsinki
Rebell, geni, dagboksskrivande flicka: Skiftande bilder och äkta äkthet i Eva Dahlgrens konstnärskap (Presentation in Swedish)

13.15 Heta Mulari, University of Turku
The Girl in the Wig and Doing a Split: Embodied Readings of Chandelier by Sia Furler

13.45 Linda Forsell, Director PotatoPotato
I den bästa av tjejvärldar: En livsomvälvande resa i femininiteters potential
(Presentation in Swedish)

14.15 Myry Voipio, University of Jyväskylä
”The Overweight Unicorn”: Re-Writing Embodied Meanings and
Personal Memories about Girlhood

14.45 – 15.15 Discussion & Closing of symposium
The symposium is free of charge, but registration is mandatory!
If you wish to participate – please register via the following link

If you have questions please contact Heta Mulari at heta.mulari(at)utu.fi

The symposium will be followed by a gig by Anna Järvinen (with Tapio Viitasaari) at Dynamo in Turku (Linnankatu 7). Other artist of the evening will be Kimi Kärki (with Anna-Elena Pääkkölä). Please visit Dynamo’s webpage to see the event and buy tickets:

“What if They Are All Us? Star Trek and the Universalization of the American Imaginary”

Please join us for the next JMC Current Issues Seminar by

Dr. Austin Lane Crothers and Dr. Martha C. Horst (Illinois State University),

What if They Are All Us? Star Trek and the Universalization of the American Imaginary”

Time: November 2, 2015 at 12:15-13:45.

Place: Janus Hall, Sirkkala Building, University of Turku

Star Trek, originally broadcast on NBC from 1966 to 1969, was a ratings failure as originally broadcast. Its low viewership made it vulnerable to cancellation at the end of each of its seasons. Given its status as a low-rated television series, there was no reason to suppose the Star Trek franchise would go on to become a global pop culture powerhouse. Whatever its beginning, however, the franchise now spans five television series, twelve motion pictures, uncountable numbers of novels and magazines, the entire “Trekkie/Trekker” fan convention phenomenon and even dictionaries of “Trek” languages like Klingon — in which it is possible to enact William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” if one desires to do so. The continuing popularity of Star Trek derives from its linkage of American political cultural values to a global — indeed a galactic — scale. Star Trek offers its fans the promise that the future will be global, ethical, rights respecting, and democratic. Humanity’s future will, in other words, be the best parts of the “American way”: American culture made manifest on a galactic scale.


Dr. Kari Kallioniemi is a University Lecturer and Researcher in Cultural History and the Vice-Director of the International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC) at the University of Turku.


Dr. Austin Lane Crothers is Professor of Politics and Government at Illinois State University. He is currently serving as the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the University of Helsinki. His main fields of interest are American political culture and political leadership, and his broad research agenda focuses on the political and social sources and effects of the globalization of American popular culture. The author of seven books and 20 other research articles and chapters, he taught at the University of Alabama-Huntsville and Eastern Washington University before coming to Illinois State University in 1994. He is married to Dr. Martha C. Horst. They have two children, Austin, 4, and Gigi, 2.

Dr. Martha Callison Horst has taught music theory and history at San Francisco State University, University of California, Davis, and East Carolina University. She is currently an Associate Professor in Theory & Composition at Illinois State University. Recent accolades include winner of the Alea III International Composition Competition, winner of the Rebecca Clarke International Composition Competition, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony. In addition to her compositional activities, she is an accomplished singer, having performed regularly with the Emmy and Grammy-award winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus.

The event is organized in collaboration with the International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC). It is free and open to the public.

UTU students may attend the seminar to collect entries for lecture passes.


Aku Ankasta Pokémoniin – Populaarikulttuuri tieteen tähtäimissä

Aku Ankasta Pokémoniin – Populaarikulttuuri tieteen tähtäimissä
pe 23.10.2015, klo 12-18
Turun Kaupunginkirjaston Studio-salissa

Tiede sanoo pop! Populaarikulttuurin tutkimuksen tohtoriohjelma PPCS:n ja Turun kaupunginkirjaston järjestämässä tapahtumassa nuoret tutkijat ympäri Suomea esittelevät yleistajuisesti tutkimusaiheitaan, Aku Ankasta Pokémoniin, Mainos-TV:stä nettipalstoille, ja rock-musiikista tyttöenergiaan. Lyhyissä ja ytimekkäissä esityksissä käydään läpi laaja kattaus modernia populaarikulttuurin tutkimusta. Puhujat ovat jatko-opiskelijoita ja vastaväitelleitä tutkijoita Turun, Jyväskylän ja Itä-Suomen yliopistoista sekä tohtoriohjelman ohjaajia.

Päivän kruunaa paneelikeskustelu populaarikulttuurin tutkimuksen merkityksestä nyky-yhteiskunnassa.

Tilaisuuteen on vapaa pääsy. Kaikki tervetulleita!

Tapahtuma löytyy myös facebookista: https://www.facebook.com/events/1209780659048675/

12:00-12:15 – Avaussanat

12:15-12:30 – Sini Mononen: Ketä stalkkaaja kyttää?
12:30-12:45 – Maiju Kannisto: Massamedia – Mitä Mainos-TV myy?
12:45-13:00 – Juhana Venäläinen: Työelämän muutosten kulttuurinen kuva Joonas Rinta-Kannon Fok_It-sarjakuvassa

13:00-13:15 – Urpo Kovala: Populaarikulttuurin tutkija ja kulttuuripopulismi
13:15-13:30 – Heidi Hakkarainen: Lentäviä koiria ja puhuvia taloja – kaupunkilaishuumoria 1800-luvun Wienistä
13:30-13:45 – Suvi-Sadetta Kaarakainen: Mistä on nettiäidit tehty – äitien teknologiasuhteen historiaa

13:45-14:15 – tauko

14:15-14:30 – In English: Jelena Gligorijevic: Contemporary Music Festivals as Micronational Spaces
14:30-14:45 Helmi Järviluoma-Mäkelä: Äänimaiseman muutos tutkimuskohteena
14:45-15:00 – Katja Konturi: Zombi upotti Titanicin! Don Rosan Aku Ankka –sarjakuvat kommentoivat kulttuuria historian ja fantasian kautta

15:00-15:15 – Tiina Käpylä: Turkulaisen nuorison ja rock-musiikin yhteinen taival
15:15-15:30 – Aino Tormulainen: Girl Power! Suomalaisittain tyttöenergia – 1990-luvun ilmiö sukupolvikokemuksena
15:30-15:45 – Johannes Koski: Käsikonsoleista Twitch Plays Pokémoniin: 20 vuotta Pokémon-videopelejä ja pelaajia
15:45-16:00 – Pekka Kolehmainen: Rock, Reagan ja porno

16:00-16:30 – Tauko

16:30-18:00 – Paneelikeskustelu populaarikulttuurin tutkimuksesta. Vetäjänä Tiina Käpylä. Osallistujina Katja Konturi, Aino Tormulainen, Johannes Koski

IIPC Debate 8 Oct

IIPC Debate 77
Thu 8 Oct, 4-6, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Professor Serge Lacasse (Université Laval, Quebec)
The Study of Popular Music as a Path Towards a Posthumanist Musicology

Following the work of Cary Wolfe, this lecture will put forward a posthumanist approach to music research; that is, an approach fostering reconciliation with our “animality”, our biological condition. In search of aesthetic balance, such an approach aims to address the organic and concrete aspects of music that have been either omitted from, or bluntly denigrated in, musicological enquiry, to the advantage of aspects that are generally considered “noble”, “complex”, or truly “Great Art”. I will argue for a new academic path as a guide toward this posthumanist musicology and will illustrate my argument with the help of several sound examples.

Serge Lacasse is full Professor of Musicology, with a specialism in popular music, at the Faculty of Music, Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada. He heads both the Laval site of the Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (oicrm.org) and the Laboratoire audionumérique de recherche et de création (larc.oicrm.org). Favouring an interdisciplinary approach, his research projects mostly deal with the study and practice of recorded popular music. He recently co-authored (with Sophie Stévance) Les enjeux de la recherche-création en musique (PUL, 2013) and co-edited Quand la musique prend corps (PUM, 2014) with Monique Desroches and Sophie Stévance. Serge also pursues artistic activities as a record producer, drummer, and songwriter.

IIPC Debate 28 Sep

IIPC Debate 76
Mon 28 Sep, 4-6, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
FT Hannu Eerikäinen

Heidegger, postmodernin ”post” ja sen seuraukset

Mitä tapahtui teorialle kun poststrukturalismi ja postmoderni valloittivat länsimaisen akateemisen keskustelun? FT Hannu Eerikäisen luennossa Heidegger, postmodernin ”post” ja sen seuraukset tarkastellaan Heideggerin näkökulmasta postmodernin nousun myötä tapahtunutta nykyteorian muutosta. Ranskassa alkunsa saanut poststrukturalistinen teoriasuuntaus radikalisoi jo 1960-luvulta asti keskustelua herättäneen ”kielellisen käänteen” ja valtasi postmodernin teorian johtaen sen ”kielellistymiseen” ja ”kirjoituksellistumiseen”. Tätä teorian muutosta kutsutaan luennossa teorian ”postifioitumiseksi” ja sitä vastaavaa uutta, itseensä viittaavaa teorian muotoa ”post-teoriaksi”. Muiden seurauksien ohella ”postin” vaikutuksia tarkastellaan ”kyberdiskurssiksi” kutsutun teknoeuforisen teoriatyylin yhteydessä. Luennossa osoitetaan, miten ”kalifornialaisen ideologian” ja ”ranskalaisen teorian” risteytyksenä muodostunut kyberdiskurssi on luonut todellisuusharhan eli teorian paratodellisuuden, joka perustuu ”teoriafiktioihin” ja ”kielen virtuaalitodellisuuteen”. Luento on suomenkielinen, mutta sen esimerkkiaineistona toimivat lainaukset erilaisista teoriateksteistä ja niiden tulkinnoista esitetään englanniksi. Teemojen kehittelyä valaistaan myös kuva-aineistolla.

FT Hannu Eerikäinen väitteli 2014 teoksella Cybersex and Prosthetic God. “Sex,” Desire and the Posthuman Body in Cyber Discourse. Acta Universitatis Lapponiensis 224.Hän on toiminut elokuva-aktivistina ja dokumenttiohjaajana vuosina 1974–1981. Hän on työskennellyt freelance-toimittajana vuosina 1974–1979 ja 1984–1988 sekä televisiotoimittajana YLE-TV-1:ssä vuosina 1979–1984. Eerikäinen on työskennellyt tuntiopettajana Taideteollisessa Korkeakoulussa, Taideakatemiassa ja Lahden Muotoiluinstituutissa sekä luennoitsijana Suomen eri yliopistoissa vuosina 1978–1992. Hän on toiminut assistenttina ja erikoissuunnittelijana Lapin yliopistossa vuosina 1992–1994 sekä tutkija-luennoitsijana Europa-Universität Viadrinassa Frankfurt an der Oderissa Saksassa vuosina 1994–1999. Tällä hetkellä hän työskentelee vapaana kulttuurintutkijana Berliinissä.