IIPC Debate Dec 11

IIPC Debate #63
Thu 11 Dec, 2-4 pm, Seminar room E225 (Minerva Building, Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Dr Albion Butters (University of Turku)
Enter the Mandala: Musings on a Cross-Media Project in Progress

This talk will explore various aspects of cross-media — from comics to film, from online communities to games — in the context of an ongoing project in the United States named Mandala. My goal is to trace some of its successes and failures in relation to the changing landscape of cross-media since the project began in 2007, offering both a high-level historical perspective and insight into specific obstacles and opportunities today.

ALBION BUTTERS (PhD, Columbia University, 2006) is a Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Religion at the University of Turku. Aside from his academic background in Asian religions with a focus in Tibetan Buddhism, he is also one of the founders and Creative Director of the Big ‘I’ Group, a cross-media studio in the United States. He is one of the creators of the Mandala graphic novel published by Dark Horse in May 2014, and he is currently writing a book on the evolution of spiritual content in comics.


Music Research, Now!

Music Research, Now! / Musiikintutkimus, nyt! / Musikforskning, nu!

January 23, 2015
Department of Musicology, University of Turku
Janus Lecture Hall (Artium Building, Sirkkala Campus Area; Kaivokatu 12)

Hey, what’s going on?

The fourth 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 educational programs and pathways in English at the universities, and 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 in the online registration form at:


The registration deadline is Friday January 9, 2015.

The seminar program will be published on this website on January 15, 2015.

The speakers will also be notified by e-mail.

For more information please contact the symposium secretary, Sini Mononen
siinmo@utu.fi (Department of Musicology, University of Turku).

Organizer: The Department of Musicology, University of Turku, in collaboration with the Departments of Cultural History and Music Education at the University of Turku and the Department of Musicology at Åbo Akademi University.