IIPC Debate 28 March


IIPC Debate #89
Tue March 28, 4-6 pm, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Dr Rami Mähkä (University of Turku): “A Killer Joke: Nazism and World War Two in Monty Python’s Comedy”
The paper discusses World War Two in Monty Python’s comedy, with the focus on the British experience. The Pythons were born during or immediately after World War Two, and their generation were more or less forced to live in a country that often seemed locked into reminiscing about the war. The 1960s saw the younger generations becoming increasingly bored with the subject, and many comedy works express this frustration in many ways. In most cases, the war was “trivialised”, to the point that it appears as a “killer joke”, as in an early Flying Circus sketch. However, a clear distinction was made regarding the enemy, especially Nazi Germany, which was comedically handled, too. The treatment of Nazism in Monty Python’s comedy can be divided into three categories: parody and satire on Nazi Germany and Nazism; references to the British fascism and ultra nationalism; using Nazism as a reference point or allegory as a satirical attack (using “the Nazi Card”). In order to understand these themes in Monty Python’s works, the paper highlights how comedy functions: on the one hand, it refers above all to itself – comedy – but on the other, because of its self-referential nature, comedy can address matters in an unusually direct manner.

Rami Mähkä is a cultural historian who studied Monty Python’s historical comedy in his PhD thesis (Something Completely Historical: Monty Python, History and Comedy, Cultural History, University of Turku, 2016). His main research interests are history culture and popular culture, especially film and television and British popular culture of the 1960s to 1980s.


Popular Music in the Nordic Countries

Popular Music in the Nordic Countries

Study Day at the University of Oslo, September 14, 2017 Call for Papers

On Thursday September 14th, 2017 this year, the Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo will host a study day for IASPM Norden members. The theme of the day is the study of popular music in the Nordic countries. Professor Stan Hawkins will introduce the event, which is co-hosted by our department’s Nordic Sounds: Critical Music Research Group.


We invite proposals in the form of a short abstract/description of what you are studying within popular music research (max. 100 words).

Participants will be selected on the following criterion:

Topic that fits with the theme of popular music within the Nordic countries (e.g. if you study a specific Nordic band, artist, composer, producer, subgroup, festival, etc.)

Quality of the abstract / research questions / methodologies

IASPM Norden-member

Please send proposals as electronic mail attachment in doc/docx/pdf format to organisers

Hans T. Zeiner-Henriksen: h.t.zeiner-henriksen@imv.uio.no & Áine Mangaoang: aine.mangaoang@imv.uio.no
as soon as possible, no later than March 15, 2017.

If accepted, you will be invited to deliver a presentation (ca. 10-15 min.) followed by feedback and discussion (ca. 15-20 min.) with the other participants. Successful participants will be notified by March 31, 2017.

Provisional Schedule

The study day is provisionally planned to run from 10:00 until 17:30. The schedule is set up so that it is possible to arrive in the morning and leave in the evening. There will be an optional social gathering in the evening for those who are staying in Oslo for the night.


There will be no registration fee and we will offer complementary lunch and refreshments during the event. Travel expenses and accommodation is to be organised by individuals through their own institution.