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 https://iipcblog.wordpress.com/iipc-debates/) 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)utu.fi, tel. +358 2 333 5890
The postal address of the institute is:
IIPC, Department of Cultural History
University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku


CFP: EUPOP 2014 (deadline approaching!)


University of the Arts, London, UK


Call for papers: Deadline: Friday, April 25th, 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.


The closing date for this call is April 25th, 2014.


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: http://www.intellectbooks.com


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 (europop@arts.ac.uk – 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, p.church-gibson@fashion.arts.ac.uk

Journal of European Popular Culture editor, Graeme Harper, graeme@eupop.org

PCA-Finland Director, Adjunct Professor Kari Kallioniemi, kakallio@utu.fi

IIPC Coordinator Kimi Kärki, kierka@utu.fi

IIPC Debate 28 April

IIPC Debate #55
Mon 28 April 2-4 pm, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Dr Katariina Kyrölä (University of Turku, Finland):
Feeling Through Media Images: Affect and Body Image as (Auto)Ethnographic Methodology

Dr. Katariina Kyrölä’s is Postdoctoral Researcher (Academy of Finland) at Media Studies, University of Turku. Kyrölä has also taught Cinema and Media Studies at Stockholm University in 2010–2013 and was Visiting Scholar at Macquarie University in Sydney in 2012. She is the author of The Weight of Images (2014, Ashgate, this debate is the book launch event!) and the co-editor of Koolla on väliä! (Size Matters! 2007, Like, with Hannele Harjunen). She has written several articles in English and Finnish on feminist media theory, embodiment, sexuality, and fat studies, and her postdoctoral research addresses the methodology of studying media ‘impact’ through the concept of body image.

This is a book launch event!

More info on The Weight of Images:

IIPC Debate 23 April

IIPC Debate #54

Ke 23.4. klo 14-16, Janus-sali (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)

Dosentti Harri Kalha (Helsingin yliopisto):

Uusi nainen näyttämöolentona: moderniteetti ja sukupuolijännitteet 1900-luvun alun Pariisissa


Mitä meillä oli ennen Madonnaa ja Lady Gagaa? Taidehistorioitsija Harri Kalha kuljettaa lukijansa sadan vuoden takaiseen kadonneeseen aikaan, jolloin puolimaailman varieteekaunottaret eli kokotit sekoittivat miesten pään. Elettiin “kaunista aikaa” (Belle Époque 1871-1914). Huikentelevaisen maailmankulttuurin pääkaupunki ei ollut New York vaan Pariisi, johon perustettiin kuuluisat kabareet Folies Bergère ja Moulin Rouge. Jacques Offenbach sävelsi aikakauden tunnukseksi nousseen cancanin.

Dosentti Kalha on visuaalisten representaatioiden tutkija, joka tarkentaa katseensa hyveellisen ja paheellisen naiskuvan historiaan. Sata vuotta sitten housuihin pukeutuminen, tupakointi ja huulipuna olivat paheellisen naisen varmoja tuntomerkkejä.

Luentotilaisuus on avoin niin opiskelijoille kuin henkilökunnalle, tervetuloa kuuntelemaan!