Cold War, Aesthetics and Popular Culture

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Cold War, Aesthetics and Popular Culture


13.12 Sirkkala campus, University of Turku, Janus hall

13.00-13.15 Opening Words: Kari Kallioniemi: Different Cold Wars and their Cultural/Aesthetical Elements

13.15-14.00  Eva Näripea: Otherness in Grigori Kromanov’s The Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel (1979): Bending Genre and Gender

14.00-14.45 John Williamson: The Rearguard of the Revolution?  Communism, the state and musicians in Britain at the start of the Cold War.

14.45-15.15 Coffee

15.15 Snapshots of Cold War Aesthetics in Popular Culture

Pertti Grönholm: Talking machines and total destruction in science fiction

Laura Antola: Soviet Super-Soldiers vs. The Avengers: Superheroes and the end of the Cold War

Kimmo Laine: Cold War Film Compositions

Kimmo Ahonen: Invaders from Mars (1953) and the Fear of Brainwashing

Kari Kallioniemi: ’When the Wind Blows’: Culture and Aesthetics of British Cold War Invasion Fantasies

17.00-18.00 Screening of document ‘Billy Bragg Goes to Moscow’ (dir. Hannu Puttonen, 1989, 45 min.) The director will introduce the piece.

Assessment: 5 op (ECTS) essay, lecture diary or lecture pass (2 op)

If you are interested of submitting an essay or lecture diary, a student can contact the teacher responsible of the marking: Paavo Oinonen (Cultural History), Laura Saarenmaa (Media Studies,  METU1051, METU0146), Kari Kallioniemi, Musicology



EUPOP 2020
Jagiellonian University, July 22nd – 24th, 2020
Deadline: 29th February, 2019
Individual paper and panel contributions are welcomed for the ninth annual international conference of the European Popular Culture Association (EPCA), to be held at Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland, July 22nd – 24th, 2020.
EUPOP 2020 will explore European popular culture in all its various forms. This includes, but is by no means limited to, the following topics: Climate Change in Popular Culture, European Film (past and present), Television, Music, Costume and Performance, Celebrity, The Body, Fashion, New Media, Popular Literature and Graphic Novels, Queer Studies, Sport, Curation, and Digital Culture. We also welcome abstracts which reflect the various ways of how the idea of relationship between Europe and popular culture could be formed and how the current turmoil in European identity (e.g. the legacy of totalitarianism and fascism), union, its borders and divisions are portrayed in popular cultural themes and contents.
Papers and complete panels for all strands will be subject to peer review. Proposals for individual presentations must not exceed 20 minutes in length, and those for panels limited to 90 minutes. In the latter case, please provide a short description of the panel along with individual abstracts. Poster presentations and video projections are also warmly welcomed.
There will be opportunities for networking and publishing within the EPCA. Presenters at EUPOP 2020 will be encouraged to develop their papers for publication in a number of Intel-lect journals, including the EPCA’s Journal of European Popular Culture. A full list of Intellect journals is available at:
Proposals comprising a 300-word abstract, your full name, affiliation, and contact details (as a Word-file attachment, not a PDF) should be submitted to Kari Kallioniemi ( by 29.02.2020. Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged via e-mail, and the decision of acceptance will be notified within two weeks of submission.
The conference draft program will be announced in May 2020, along with the conference regis-tration and accommodation details. The likely conference fee will be 150 euros (student), and 200 euros (other). The fee includes coffees, lunches, evening reception & dinner, and EPCA Membership (includes subscription to the European Journal of Popular Culture, Intellect Press).
The keynote speakers:
Dr Tomasz Z. Majkowski (Jagiellonian University)
Professor Mari Pajala (University of Turku)
Professor Małgorzata Sugiera (Jagiellonian University)
The European Popular Culture Association
The European Popular Culture Association (EPCA) promotes the study of popular culture from, in, and about Europe. Popular culture involves a wide range of activities, material forms and audiences. EPCA aims to examine and discuss these different aspects as they relate both to Europe and to Europeans across the globe, whether contemporary or historical.
EUPOP 2019 is organised by:
European Popular Culture Association (EPCA):
International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC):
Kind Regards,
EPCA President, Kari Kallioniemi,
EPCA Vice-President, Pamela Church Gibson,
EPCA Secretary, Kimi Kärki,
EPCA Membership Secretary, Graham Roberts,
Local Organiser Contact: Anna Svetlova, and Olga Grzelak,