FINAL reminder. We accept proposals until tomorrow (Tuesday 2 August).
University Consortium of Pori, Finland, September 27th, 2016
9.45 am- 17.00 pm
Individual paper and panel contributions are welcomed on the following thematic
Popular Culture and Urban Studies
Crime fiction, city and emotions
Urban Heritage and Identity Work
Temporal Uses of Urban Space
The international symposium will offer a variety of perspectives on urban studies and popular culture research. For example music festivals have become quite a significant factor in determining urban identities, and for the reason we also encourage contributions on 50-year old Pori Jazz Festival.
This symposium will offer two keynote lectures. Professor Justin O’Connor (Monash University, Australia) is an expert of urban popular culture and cultural industries. He will be talking about the popular cultural heritage of the city of Manchester. Dr Kimi Kärki (University of Turku, Finland) has researched the cultural history of rock spectacles and other media events. His keynote address will focus on rock spectacles as containers of history culture.
The workshops will explore
1) The various ways of how popular culture and urban culture are connected.
2) How urban fear in crime fiction will introduce the relationship between the city and characters of crime fiction in literature, film, TV, and other media.
3) How urban heritage can be explored by the identity and identity work.
4) Temporary uses will be introduced and explored via popular music and analyzed by their significance, on the basis of design, sustainability, profitability, creativity, inclusiveness and heritage.
The seminar is organized, on the home turf of the internationally well-known Pori Jazz Festival, at the University Consortium of Pori at 27th September 2016. The seminar languages are English and Finnish. The seminar is free of charge for all participants.
Papers will be subject to peer review. Proposals for individual presentations must not exceed 20 minutes in length. Send your 250 words abstract with:
your full name
contact details, including e-mail address (as a Word-file attachment, not a PDF)
presentation title
3-5 keywords
A jury will decide which papers are accepted and may suggest the proposed paper to switch to an another category considering that there is no hierarchy in the type of presentation, each one being mentioned in the program of the conference and published in the conference proceedings. Descriptions of all the four workshops, see below.
Proposals should be submitted to Professor Anna Sivula ( by August 2, 2016.
The conference draft program will be announced in August 12th 2016, along with the symposium registration and accommodation details.
The refereed proceedings will be published at the IIPC Publication Series ISSN 1797-318X (online). For the previous titles in the series, see
Keynote lectures
Professor Justin O´Connor
Monash University, Australia
Dr Kimi Kärki
IInternational Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC), University of Turku
Application for participation in the conference, please send an abstract (250 words) to:
professor Anna Sivula (
Abstracts can be written in English and the conference languages will be English and Finnish.
Abstract submission deadline is August 1st, 2016.
The acceptance will be announced by 12th August, 2016.
The preliminary schedule of the conference
Monday 26th September 2016
Evening reception at Satakunta Museum, Pori
Tuesday 27th September 2016
Conference program with two keynote presentations and four parallel workshops
Organizers of the conference
MUSIC FESTIVAL AND URBAN IDENTITY is organized by the University of Turku:
Cultural Heritage Studies and Degree Program in Cultural production and Landscape Studies (Pori)
International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC)
Further information
Professor Anna Sivula,
Here are the descriptions of all four workshops:
Workshop 1
Popular Culture and Urban Studies
PhD, Kari Kallioniemi, University of Turku
The main aim of this workshop is to explore the various ways how popular culture and urban studies are connected, both in their historical and contemporary forms, and how different concepts of popular and urban could provide material for students interested about the relationship between popular culture and urban studies.
Workshop 2
Crime fiction, city and emotions
Dr Silja Laine, University of Turku
Crime fiction is in many ways a transnational genre, written, produced and consumed in every continent and it may be set in the most extraordinary or distant places. At the same time it has national traditions and many popular films and books have a special tie with a specific city. This session sets out to investigate the relationship between the city and characters of crime fiction in literature, film, TV, and other media. What kind of emotions and affects do cities generate in crime fiction? How do specific urban places connect to crime, for instance by enhancing criminal activities or shielding people from them, creating places of danger and fear, or safety and community? In what ways are gender and urban spaces intertwined?
Workshop 3
Cultural heritage of popular culture
Professor Anna Sivula, University of Turku
Popular culture is an important source of the both tangible and intangible cultural heritage of urban and digital communities. This workshop explores the complex relationship between the cultural heritage and popular culture. In this group we explore the heritage communities that use the remnants of 20th and 21th century popular culture as places of memory. We are interested in the methodologies of critical heritage studies concerning the new heritages. We are also interested in the different kinds of case studies of the process, where the cultural heritage of popular culture emerges and is solidified.
Workshop 4
Temporal Uses of Urban Space
Dr Giacomo Bottá, University of Helsinki
This workshop explores temporary uses via popular music and analyses their significance on the basis of design, sustainability, profitability, creativity, inclusiveness and heritage. Are there different typologies of popular music-led temporary uses to be taken into account? What are their outcomes from the social and spatial dimension? What roles plays the temporary in festivals? How can we mobilize temporality to durable and long-lasting effects?