Ambiguous Heritage of the Second World War in Popular Culture

IIPC Seminar

Time: Saturday, February 28, 10:15–12:00

Place: Lecture Hall Janus (Artium Building, Sirkkala, Kaivokatu 12)

Opening words by Professor of Cultural History Hannu Salmi (University of Turku)
Dr Peter Webb (University of Cambridge)
Dr Joana Brites (University of Coimbra)
Dr Jonas Linderoth (University of Gothenburg)
Dr Kari Kallioniemi (University of Turku)
Dr Kimi Kärki (University of Turku)

The dark legacy of the Second World War, fascism, continues to allure and entice to this day. This dark side of the twentieth-century in European cultural memory has found a new life in various social practices, media and popular culture. The cultural symbols of Nazism and fascism have been circulated in the media over and over again, and connected with varied, often contradictory webs of significance.

The seminar opens the IIPC-coordinated effort to create a project for the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Framework program, to explore the topic of fascism and popular culture. Visiting scholars from three universities involved with the project will be presenting their take on the topic of ambiguous heritage of the Second World War.

PETER WEBB is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College. He specializes in research into popular and contemporary music, subcultures, globalization, new media technology, politics, cultural and social theory.

JOANA BRITES is a full-time Invited Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art, Theory of Art, Art History Research Methodologies at the Faculty of Art and Humanities of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Her research focuses on the relationship between fascism and modernism, totalitarian art and spheres and mechanisms of artistic control.

JONAS LINDEROTH is a professor at the Department of Education, Communication and Learning, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Jonas’s academic interest is about perception, learning and cognition during gameplay. In his talk, Jonas will talk about the Limits of play.

KARI KALLIONIEMI is the vice-director of IIPC and an adjunct professor at the Department of Cultural History in University of Turku. He will be offering some thoughts on the fascinated revulsion and fascist imagery in popular culture.

KIMI KÄRKI is the coordinator of IIPC at the Department of Cultural History, University of Turku. He will consider the ‘Northernness’ of extreme metal culture.

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