About Kimi Kärki

PhD, Docent, Research Fellow: International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC, http://iipc.utu.fi/) & Cultural History, University of Turku, Finland

EUPOP 2019 (Limerick, Ireland)


Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, July 16th – 18th, 2019

Deadline: 28th February, 2019

Individual paper and panel contributions are welcomed for the eighth annual international conference of the European Popular Culture Association (EPCA), to be held at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick), Ireland, July 16th – 18th, 2019.

EUPOP 2018 will explore European popular culture in all its various forms. This includes, but is by no means limited to, the following topics: 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, 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 2019 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 Marcus Free (Marcus.Free@mic.ul.ie) by 28.02.2019. Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged via e-mail, and the decision of acceptance will be notified within two weeks of submission. Early submissions are welcome.

The conference draft program will be announced in May 2019, along with the conference registration and accommodation details. The likely conference fee will be 150 euros (student), and 200 euros (other). The fee includes coffees, lunches, evening dinner, wine reception, and EPCA Membership (includes subscription to the European Journal of Popular Culture, Intellect Press). Cheap student accommodation will be available.

The keynote speakers:

Dr Seán Crosson (Huston School of Film and Media, National University of Ireland, Galway)

Dr Debbie Ging (School of Communications, Dublin City University)

Professor Diane Negra (Film Studies and Screen Culture, University College Dublin)

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): http://epcablog.wordpress.com/

International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC): http://iipc.utu.fi/

Kind Regards,

EPCA President, Kari Kallioniemi, kakallio@utu.fi

EPCA Vice-President, Pamela Church Gibson, pamelachurchgibson@gmail.com

EPCA Secretary, Kimi Kärki, kierka@utu.fi

EPCA Treasurer, Pekka Kolehmainen, pmkole@utu.fi

EPCA Membership Secretary, Graham Roberts, grahamroberts83@gmail.com

Local Organiser Contact: Marcus Free, Marcus.Free@mic.ul.ie


IIPC Debate 25 Oct

IIPC Debate #101

Thu 25 Oct, 4-5 pm

Seminar Room Hovi (V105), Artium, Kaivokatu 12, University of Turku

Ramones and Hardcore – When Fast Is Bad

Dr. J. Mark Percival (Queen Margaret University)

Everett True in his 2005 biography of Ramones writes, “Speed was John’s craft, his trade. It was the one thing he felt he could do better than anyone else. No wonder he felt threatened by the new breed of hardcore bands”. Pioneering Los Angeles hardcore bands like Middle Class and Black Flag formed in the late 1970s, either directly or indirectly influenced by Ramones, but with ramped up BPM and aggression on stage (off stage though, often literate and intellectual). Guitarist Johnny Ramone’s sense that one of the core Ramones distinguishing characteristics – playing fast, stripped down rock and roll – was no longer unique even in punk rock, increased existing insecurities within the band. Even by the time Ramones had released their first two albums in 1976 and 1977 their live performances were getting faster. The studio recording of Ramones seminal debut single, ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ (January 1976) is 2:10 – by 1991, the Loco Live version is a breathless 1:34. Ramones response to hard core is also evident on two studio albums, Too Tough To Die (1984) and Animal Boy (1986), yet it was Ramones’ unlikely longevity that meant that there was a response at all. This paper argues that the process of essentialising (hardcore) punk rock around speed was almost certainly about distancing hardcore from the ‘mainstream’, but that it also played squarely into mainstream rock authenticities that devalue ‘pop’, valorise technical skill and validates conventional masculine gendering of rock.

J. Mark Percival is Senior Lecturer in Media at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. His 2007 doctoral thesis at the University of Stirling, Making Music Radio, focused on the social dynamics of the relationship between record industry pluggers and music radio programmers in the UK. He has written about Scottish indie music production, popular music and identity, and mediation of popular music. Mark presented music shows for BBC Radio Scotland from 1988 to 2000, and was a Mercury Music Prize judging committee member in 1998 and 1999.

Warm welcome!

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: juho.kaitajarvi@gmail.com

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: https://iaspmnorden.wordpress.com/how-to-join/

For more information:
Johannes Brusila (Åbo Akademi University, DIMM): jbrusila@abo.fi
Kim Ramstedt (Åbo Akademi University, DIMM): kim.ramstedt@gmail.com
Juho Kaitajärvi-Tiekso (IASPM Norden): juho.kaitajarvi@gmail.com

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

Puhuvat koneet -aloitusseminaari

Puhuvat koneet – Elektroninen ihmisääni tunteiden ja itseymmärryksen tulkkina 1960–2020.

Turun yliopisto / KONEEN SÄÄTIÖ (2018–2022)




Aika: 31.8.2018, klo 12–14

Paikka: Seminaarisali E221, Minerva. Sirkkalan kampus, Turun yliopisto. Kaivokatu 12, Turku




Keskustelu digitaalisten olentojen kanssa – uhka vai mahdollisuus?


“You have my sympathies”: koneen tunteet tieteiselokuvissa


Outouden tunteen pitkä historia: Puhuvat päät ja konepuheen pulmat.


Ääni ja kone. Ihmisäänen elektronisen muokkauksen ensiaskeleet.


Ihmisyyden ytimessä ja rajamailla: Laulavat koneet ja konemaiset vokalistit popmusiikissa.

13:30 Keskustelua

Puhuvat koneet -hanke tutkii tieteen ja taiteen keinoin ihmisen ja koneen vuorovaikutusta inhimillisen äänen ja puheen näkökulmasta. Tutkijat ja taiteilijat kysyvät, miten kulttuuriset käsitykset ihmisen ja koneen välisestä viestinnästä ovat muuttuneet viimeisten 60 vuoden aikana ja miten ääni ja puhe ovat nousseet yhä tärkeämmiksi kysymyksiksi, kun tekoälysovellukset ja robotit ovat alkaneet tulla osaksi arkea niin työssä kuin vapaa-ajalla.

Puheen ja äänen merkitystä ihmisen ja tietotekniikan suhteessa ei ole tutkittu vielä paljonkaan. Hankkeemme hakee vastauksia kysymyksiin, jotka ovat väistämättömiä, jos tekoälystä ja roboteista halutaan tehdä aidosti sosiaalisia koneita, jotka kykenevät esim. palvelu-, hoiva- ja asiantuntijatehtäviin. Koneen puhe- ja dialogiominaisuuksien kehitystyössä on tärkeätä ottaa huomioon ihmisten käsitykset koneista, tunteet niitä kohtaan sekä niille annetut kulttuuriset merkitykset.

Hankkeessa teemaa tutkitaan niin media- ja informaatiotutkimuksen, kulttuurihistorian, tekniikan historian, taiteentutkimuksen kuin populaarikulttuurin tutkimuksenkin välinein. Samalla testaamme myös hypoteeseja ja tutkimusmenetelmiä. Taiteellisen ohjelman kautta hankkeen jäsenet tuovat yleisön kuultaviksi tutkimusaineistoja ja nähtäviksi puhuvia laitteita sekä laajan yleisön koettavaksi esimerkiksi suomalaista konepuhetta, konerunoutta ja konelaulua kuuden vuosikymmenen ajalta.

Projektin keskeisiä tutkimusongelmia ovat kysymykset tekoälyn ja robotiikan kehityksen taustalla vaikuttaneista käsityksistä viestinnästä ja vuorovaikutuksesta, koneellisen puheen muodostaman vierauden tunteen synnystä ja tämän kokemuksen merkityksistä ja niiden muutoksista. Lisäksi hankkeen tutkijat kysyvät, miten koneellisen äänen kautta populaarikulttuurissa ja taiteessa on käsitelty ihmisen ja koneen vuorovaikutusta, ihmisyyttä erotuksena koneellisuudesta sekä tulevaisuuden odotuksia, toiveita ja pelkoja, jotka liittyvät ihmisen ja tietotekniikan yhteenkietoutumiseen. Hankkeen tulokset esitellään tieteellisissä julkaisuissa, yleisötapahtumissa ja tieteellisissä konferensseissa sekä taiteellisena työnä ja teoksina.


Travel grants to Canberra 2019 (IASPM members)

In preparation for the XX Biennial IASPM Conference, which will take place in Canberra, Australia, 24-28 June 2019, and in view of the high cost of flights from practically all continents to Australia, the Executive Committee would like to make the following announcements:

1. Unless we must face unforeseeable expenses next year, the Executive Committee considers that IASPM is in a position to invest a substantial amount of money in travel grants, probably not less than 25,000 USD, so that a significant number of low income members are able to attend the Canberra conference.

2. Since the criteria applied for travel grants to attend the Kassel conference were discussed during the General Assembly, but not amended, we intend to maintain them. Therefore, the criteria for eligibility will be: 1) membership up to date 2) at least one year of seniority (in this case, being a member at least since 2018) 3) proof of insufficient funding. The scoring will depend on: 1) geographical distance (we will decide a scale in due time), 2) IASPM responsibilities at branch or international level, and 3) attendance of local and international IASPM events. Having been awarded a travel grant in previous years will detract points.

3. If grantees purchase their flights before a certain date, which will be announced in due time, they will be able to receive up to the 50% of their grants before the conference. The rest of the grant would be paid during the conference, as usual. This will be accorded upon request only, and it will be available for unwaged members only.

4. We intend to open the application period for travel grants shortly after the Academic Committee has reviewed all the abstracts and letters of acceptance have been sent out. The results of the application process will be announced as early as possible, so that grantees can book their flights at better prices.

5. Finally, we would like to thank all branches that have updated their membership lists and paid their fees promptly, and urge the rest to do it as soon as possible, or contact the Membership Secretary or the Treasurer (iaspminternational@gmail.com) if they are not able to do so. As you can imagine, prompt payment will be especially welcome next year.

If you want to take part in the XX Biennial IASPM Conference, we remind you that the deadline for abstract submission is approaching. So please email your abstract no later than 31 July 2018, as a doc/odt/rtf attachment to: iaspm2019@anu.edu.au. Please name the file with your surname (eg. Ciccone.docx). The following format should be used:

·      Name, affiliation and contact email address
·      Type of presentation (select one from: panel, individual paper, film/video, poster)
·      Stream (select preferably one but not more than two from: Temporal/Spatial/Technological/Political/Theoretical/Affective Turns and Revolutions)
·      Title of presentation
·      Abstract (200 words maximum; in the case of panels, include a general abstract followed by individual abstracts, in total 1000 words maximum)
·      Five keywords
·      Bio (80 words maximum; in case of panels, bios of all participants)

Abstracts will be accepted in English, IASPM’s official language. Papers in all other languages are allowed, if accompanied by a visual presentation in English. Letters of acceptance will be sent by 30 September 2018.

Each participant must be a member of IASPM: www.iaspm.net/how-to-join. Each participant may present only one paper at the Conference, but may also preside over a panel or serve as a discussant.

If you have any queries or comments on the announcements or on any other subject of our competence, please let us know on this list or email us (iaspminternational@gmail.com).

With kindest regards,

IASPM Executive Committee

Jacopo Conti, Membership Secretary
Marta García Quiñones, Treasurer
Antti-Ville Kärjä, Member-at-Large, and Liaison to the Local Organizing Committee of the Canberra conference
Kimi Kärki, Web/Publications
Sílvia Martínez, General Secretary
Julio Mendivil, Chair
Ann Werner, Member-at-Large