An Ecomusicological Symposium

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 10:00–17:00

University of Turku, Sirkkala Campus, Kaivokatu 12
Hovi Lecture Hall


10.00 Opening words

10.15 KEYNOTE: Climate Change, Ecomusicology, and Academic Discourse
Aaron S. Allen (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

11.15 Coffee

11.30 Fluctuating Guitar Market and Endangered Wood Species
Heikki Uimonen (Sibelius Academy / University of the Arts Helsinki)

12.15 Environmental Themes in Contemporary Finnish Orchestral Music
Susanna Välimäki (University of Turku)

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Sound and Social Space: Sensory Memory and Performative History in Vuonislahti Environment
Helmi Järviluoma (University of Eastern Finland)

14.45 Hydroelectric Power as an Ecomusicological Concern
John Richardson (University of Turku)

15.30 Coffee

15.45 Ecomusicology as Risk Musicology
Juha Torvinen (University of Turku)

16.30 Closing of the symposium

Keynote speaker Aaron S. Allen is Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he is also director of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard and his B.A. in music and B.S. in environmental studies from Tulane University. Allen is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, editor of the Ecomusicology Newsletter, and co-editor of the
forthcoming collection Current Directions in Ecomusicology (Routledge). For further info about Dr. Allen and his publications, please visit

The symposium is open to all. WELCOME!


The symposium is organised by the research project “Music, Nature, and Environmental Crises: A Northern Perspective on Ecocritical Trends in Contemporary Music” (Academy of Finland Research Fellow Juha Torvinen) together with Department of Musicology of the University of Turku, International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC), and the research project Finnish Music in the 21st Century: The Socio-Cultural Significance of Art Music in the Postmodern World (SUMU).

For more information, please email to Juha Torvinen

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