Cfp: EUPOP 2020 (deadline 29 Feb!)

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 tur-moil 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 individ-ual 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 Intellect 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 ac-ceptance 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)

Dr 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 2020 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,


Imagined and real Talking Machines

This Saturday February 22nd Science Cafe’ will open the 2020 Season with a super-interesting talk by Docent Kimi Kärki from the University of Turku, who will talk about “Imagined and real Talking Machines” as usual in Koulu, History Class from 17.00 till 19.00.

Docent Kärki will be talking about the research project he is currently involved in (“Talking Machines. Electronic voice and the interpretation of emotions and self-understanding in human-machine communication in 1960-2020”, funded by Kone Foundation), that studies speech audio as an interface between human and machine. The cultural history of such technologies is partially built on imagined futures within the works of speculative fiction, of which Kärki will focus on science fiction films. He will also talk about the transhumanism as the current meeting point of speculative popular culture and scientific advancements.

As usual, the presentation is for non-experts and is followed by a Q&A session. Come and bring your friends! More info:


Death and the Apocalypse in Popular Culture

Bar Ö, Turku (Linnankatu 7), Tue the 18th February, 2020. 6-9 pm.

A pre-event for the Histories of Death symposium (University of Turku,, co-organized with the International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC,

The talks start at 19:00 sharp, but feel free to come earlier! Even if it’s about death and the apocalypse, there will be good time & lively discussion. Free entry.


MA Marika Ahonen (Cultural History, University of Turku): Romanticized Death in Popular Music

Dr Kimmo Ahonen (Pori Department, Tampere University): The Images of Collective Death in Science Fiction Movies of the 1950s

Docent Kimi Kärki (Cultural History, University of Turku): Cinematic Talking Machines at the Point of Dying

FB event:

Rockfestivals: History, Ideology and Content (EDIT: Cancelled due to Coronavirus pandemic)

Rockfestivals: History, Ideology and Content, Seminar for the 50th anniversary of Turku Ruisrock Festival
Special IIPC-keynote by Professor Simon Frith (title to be confirmed) and panel including Professor Sara Cohen and Professor Simon Frith (more panelists to be confirmed).
Tuesday 14th of April 2020, time 15-17, venue Janus hall, Sirkkala, Kaivokatu 12, Turku.