Music, digitalisation and democracy (cfp)

Study day at Åbo Akademi University, December 14, 2018
Organised by Dept of Musicology at Åbo Akademi University, the research project
“Digitaliseringens inverkan på minoritetsmusik” (DIMM) and IASPM Norden

Call for Papers

On Friday, December 14, 2018, the Department of Musicology at Åbo Akademi University
and the research project “Digitaliseringens inverkan på minoritetsmusik” (DIMM – “The
Impact of Digitalisation on Minority Music”) will host a study day at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland.

The theme of the day is music, digitalisation and democracy. We invite papers that deal with the connections between digitalization and music, and issues surrounding the envisaged democratising potential of digital technology. Papers on other subjects that engage researchers of IASPM Norden are also welcome.

An introductory keynote presentation on the impact of digitalisation on music media will be given by Pelle Snickars, Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Umeå University. Snickars is director of the research project “Streaming Cultural Heritage: File Pursuit in Digital Music Distribution”. He has published several articles and co-authored books on digitalisation, music industry and media, e.g. Den svenska enhörningen: Storyn om Spotify [The Swedish Unicorn: The Spotify Story], Efter The Pirate Bay [After Pirate Bay] and The iPhone and My Media.

We invite proposals in the form of a short abstract of max. 200 words. Please send proposals as a doc/docx/pdf attachment to Juho Kaitajärvi-Tiekso:

Deadline for proposal submissions is September 14, 2018. Successful participants will be
notified by October 1, 2018.

Paper presentations last 20 minutes, followed by discussion (10 minutes). The study day is provisionally planned to run from 9 am to 5 pm. There will be an optional social gathering in the evening for those who are staying in Turku overnight.

There will be no registration fee. Participants are responsible for their travel,
accommodation and food arrangements and expenses.

Please note that all participants must be members of the Nordic branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM Norden). For details on how to become a member, please see:

For more information:
Johannes Brusila (Åbo Akademi University, DIMM):
Kim Ramstedt (Åbo Akademi University, DIMM):
Juho Kaitajärvi-Tiekso (IASPM Norden):


IIPC Debate 19 Sep

IIPC Debate #100
Wed the 19th September, 4-5 pm (four sharp!!!)
Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Movie Scenes and Social Scenes
Professor Will Straw, McGill University

Fiction films regularly give show images of crowds and families, couples and individuals. My talk is concerned with the ways in which the “cultural scene”, as a loosely structured group of people bound by shared interests, is characteristically shown in films. Drawing on examples from the cinemas of Brazil, France, the United States and Canada, I will examine ways in which films display cultural scenes and make them objects of understanding and fascination.

Will Straw is James McGill Professor of Urban Media Studies in the Department of Art History and Communications Studies at McGill University. He is the author of Cyanide and Sin : Visualizing Crime in 50s America (Andrew Roth Gallery, 2006) and co-editor of several volumes including Circulation and the City: Essays on Urban Culture (with Alexandra Boutros) and Formes Urbaines (with Anouk Bélanger and Annie Gérin) and The Oxford Handbook to Canadian Cinema (co-edited with Janine Marchessault). He has published widely on cultures of the urban night, and is the author of over 150 articles on music, cinema and urban culture.

Warm welcome!!!

IIPC Debate 13th Sep

IIPC Debate #99
Thu 13th September, 2-3 pm
Media Studies library, Minerva, 3 krs. (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Televisioformaatti ja kulttuurinen neuvottelu
Heidi Keinonen
Television ohjelmaformaatit ovat sekä taloudellisesti että kulttuurisesti merkittävä osa globaalia populaarikulttuuria. Formaattien tuonnissa ja adaptaatiossa ei kuitenkaan ole kyse ohjelmien monistamisesta sellaisinaan eri maissa vaan mediateollisuuden eri tasoille sijoittuvasta monitahoisesta prosessista, jota kuvaan kulttuurisen neuvottelun käsitteellä. Esittelen alustuksessani kulttuurisen neuvottelun ajatusta esimerkkien avulla.
YTT, dosentti Heidi Keinonen toimii Turun yliopistossa mediatutkimuksen yliopistonlehtorina. Hänen tutkimusaloihinsa kuuluvat televisiotuotanto, mediahistoria ja mediateollisuus