The 17th Finnish Music Researchers’ Symposium, Turku 13–15.3.2013

The myriad forms of music and modes of musical performance on offer today have prompted debate about the materials and methods of music research. Uses of music in different media, for example, raise questions about the relationship between music and space. In addition, new interpretations have been offered about the boundaries between music and sound. The temporal dimension, too, has garnered the attention of researchers; particularly how time is bound up with musical cultures and experiences of music. The theme of the 17th Finnish Music Researchers’ Symposium is The Cultural Memory of Sound and Space.

This theme is intended as a starting point for debate extending across a wide range of fields of study, methods and individual research apparatuses.

The following internationally recognised keynote speakers have agreed to participate in the symposium:
Prof. Claudia Gorbman (University of Washington Tacoma, USA)
Prof. Sara Cohen (University of Liverpool, UK)
Prof. Morten Michelsen (Københavns Universitet, DK)

The organisers of the Symposium are the Departments of Musicology at Åbo Akademi University and the University of Turku, the Department of Cultural History at the University of Turku and the Finnish Musicological Society.

Welcome to Turku in March 2013!


NSU Popmodernism CFP: “Bodies and Mediality”


Vintersymposium: Call For Papers

Inlagd i november 2012

Vintersymposium – call for papers

Winter symposium, March 15-17, 2013, Turku, Finland

Bodies and Mediality

Within the theoretical discourses of the last decade “the body” is much discussed. At the same time we can see that huge parts of the twentieth century artistic production worked hard not to think the body: twelve-tone music, diverse literary practices, movements towards abstraction in the visual arts, all these were understood as cerebral activities far away from the human body, whereas other cultural expressions had the body at its forefront; the invention of modern ballet on the one side, popular music and sports on the other. In diverse forms of rereading twentieth century culture, “the body” also appears within the ways of reading gender and sexual difference, racial differences and ethnicity.

Another key feature of the twentieth century’s cultural landscape is the increased focus on mediality, both as a way of understanding the diverse media brought into existence and their cultural impact, but also as ways of understanding transmissions of cultural artifacts, from local to global, between the events and their reproduction.

Bodies and mediality intersect in the sensorial apparatus, where the skin works as an interface between the human being and her or his surroundings. In this sense, media becomes extensions of the human body (as both Sigmund Freud and Marshall McLuhan in their different ways suggested), meaning simultaneously that current developments within media studies can be used in establishing a posthuman anthropology. The new media (digital, virtual, 2nd life) reopens the question of “man,” and establishes “new” bodies.

In the opening pages of William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1984) we read:
“For Case, who’d lived for the bodiless exultation of cyberspace, it was the Fall. In the bars he’d frequented as a cowboy hotshot, the elite stance involved a certain relaxed contempt for the flesh. The body was meat. Case fell into the prison of his own flesh.”
This novel is also where the term “cyberspace” was first used, and it might thus function as one possible entry point to understanding today’s media-culture.

Another possible entry point is aesthetic surgery, where constructing beautiful bodies were once the ideal, but where the ideals of beauty surly has changed over time. In today’s popular culture both the surgery of actual bodies and the mediatized “surgery” of Photoshop contributes to today’s body-ideals, while simultaneously raising the question whether there today can be such a thing as a un-mediated body.

Yet another entry point would be how cybernetics and other theoretical approaches are found within popular culture, such as The Terminator (1984). The Terminator, as a cyborg, arguably feed our cultural fantasies, also about science, and thus opens up for negotiations between popular culture and scientific research, where technology and bodies interact.

In this seminar the main focus will be on the intersections between bodies and mediality. How can today’s mediatized society teach us something about the past? Different intersections throughout the twentieth century (and, of course, before that) might demonstrate different possible futures – and pasts – but might also show how artistic expressions have participated in these different developments.

Abstracts are invited on all possible topics of bodies and mediality – primarily in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries – related to pop, modernism, and their intersections.

Send abstracts – 300 words – to the coordinators by December 1st.


CFP: EUPOP 2013, University of Turku, July 31-August 2, 2013

Call for Papers for EUPOP 2013, the PCA Europe annual conference, University of Turku, July 31-August 2, 2013.

Call for papers: Deadline: Friday 29th March 2013

Individual paper and panel contributions are invited for the second yearly international conference of the European Popular Culture Association (EPCA), organised with the Popular Culture Association Finland (PCA-Finland) and IIPC.

EUPOP 2013 will explore European popular culture in all its different forms. This could include European Film (past and present), Television, Music, Celebrity, The Body, Fashion, New Media, Comics, Popular Literature, Sport, Heritage and Curation.
The special streams will include themes such as Sport, Obesity, Violence, Spirituality, Technology and Transatlantic Cultural Interaction in the popular culture context.

Closing date for this call is 29th March 2013. There will be opportunities for networking, publishing and developing caucus groups within the EPCA. Presenters at EUPOP 2013 will be encouraged to develop their papers for publication in a number of Intellect journals, including the Journal of European Popular Culture, the journal of the EPCA. 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 should be submitted to the email contact below. Paper/panel submissions will be subject to peer review. Submit paper or panel proposals to: (the same address should be used for general administrative queries).

Keynote speakers to be confirmed.

People attending to PCA/ACA 2013 International Conference in Warsaw, please notice that there are direct flights from Gdansk, Poland, to Turku:

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, outcomes and audiences. EPCA aims to examine and discuss these different activities as they relate both to Europe, and to Europeans across the globe, whether contemporary or historical.

Kind Regards,

EPCA President, Pamela Church Gibson

Director of Research & Exchange, Graeme Harper

PCA-Finland Director, Adjunct Professor Kari Kallioniemi,

IIPC Director, Professor John Richardson,

IIPC Coordinator Kimi Kärki,