About Kimi Kärki

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

IIPC Debate 6 Oct

IIPC Debate #90
Fri Oct 6, 10-11.30 am, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)

Jeff Chang (Stanford University): Institutionalized: The Second Global Generation Of Hip-Hop Scholarship


Hip-hop scholarship was once thought to be an oxymoron. Artists were already organic intellectuals capable of speaking for themselves. The notion of a hip-hop academy had the stink of a morgue. But through pioneering journalistic, ethnographic, musicological, and critical work of thinkers like Tricia Rose, Greg Tate, David Toop, Mark Anthony Neal, and many others, hip-hop had found its way into the academy by the late 1990s. Now, as hip-hop scholarship spreads global, what are the critical questions that face the field? How might the second generation of scholars extend and transform hip-hop’s unique praxis?


Jeff Chang is a writer and cultural critic who has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music. Chang’s first book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, garnered many honors, and was also translated into multiple languages. His other publications, e.g. Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post-Civil Rights America (2016) and his latest book We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation (2016), have equally received critical acclaim. Chang serves as Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.



5-6 October 2017 – University of Turku



Janus Hall, Artium building, Sirkkala campus (Kaivokatu 12)
THURSDAY 5 October 2017

10:30 – 10:45 Welcome: John Richardson & Inka Rantakallio

10:45 – 12:30 Session 1 Hip hop pedagogies
Friederike Frost Cypher: Space, Meaning, and Movement in Breaking
Hannah Tornesjö Toy
Kristine Ringsager The Contradictions of Rap as a Resource within the Danish Welfare State’s Integration

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:15 Session 2 Gender and politics
Charity Marsh Clear Lines: Powerful and Fierce Women in Hip Hop in Canada
Natalie Koutsougera ‘The Street can’t be Silenced’: Women and the Underground Rap Scene in Athens
Anna-Elena Pääkkölä Buns, Hun: On Race, Femininity, and Nicki Minaj’s Butt

15:15 – 15:45 Afternoon tea & coffee

15:45 – 17:00 Session 3 National and regional politics
Janne Rantala Rappers Challenging Official Memory in Mozambique with Political Ancestors
Dragana Cvetanovic … And What about Politically Engaged Rap in the Post-Yugoslav Region?

FRIDAY 5 October 2017

10:15 – 11:30 Keynote
Jeff Chang Institutionalized: The Second Global Generation of Hip-Hop Scholarship

11:30 – 12:00 Morning tea & coffee

12:00 – 13:15 Session 4 Ethnomusicology
Venla Sykäri Freestyle in the Ecology of Finnish Hip Hop: From Practical Reasons and Symbolic Value
to a Distinct Genre
Susanna Välimäki Environmentalism in Finnish Rap: An Ecomusicological Discussion

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch

14:15 – 16:00 Session 5 History, religion and spirituality
Antti-Ville Kärjä Finnish Rap before Finnish Rap
Inka Rantakallio Religion in Finnish Rap Music
Ibrahim Abraham Black Magic across the Black Atlantic: A Spiritual Ecology of Hip Hop

16:00 – 16:30 Concluding discussion and future plans

EUPOP 2017 deadline & keynotes

Today is the final deadline for the EUPOP 2017. If you still want in, write immediately to  
Full cfp: https://epcablog.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/eupop-2017-deadline-april-17/
The keynotes will be:
Dr Kimi Kärki (University of Turku, Finland): Totalitarian Alternative Futures and the Fascination of Nazi Aesthetics
Dr Paul Mountfort (Auckland University of Technology, New Zeland): Cosplay, Photography and Fan Capital
Dr Melanie Williams (University of East Anglia, UK): Movie Gear and Gear Movies: Fashion’s Relationship With British Cinema in the 1960s

“Muhammad Ali, King of the Inauthentic”, May 18

Professori Gerald Early, Washington University“Muhammad Ali, King of the Inauthentic”

Torstaina, 18.5.2017, klo 11:15–12:45

Turun yliopisto, Janus-Sali

Yhdysvaltain mustien kulttuurin tutkimuksen kärkinimi, professori Gerald Early, on ”Ali in Un/Expected Spaces” -symposiumin pääpuhuja. Prof. Early on tutkinut Yhdysvaltain mustien kulttuuria mm. jazzin, Motownin, baseballin sekä ammattinyrkkeilyn kautta. Lisäksi hän on tutkinut Malcolm X:n, Martin Luther King jr:n, Muhammad Alin ja Sammy Davis jr:n kaltaisten merkkihenkilöiden kulttuurista symbolismia.

Earlyn keskeisiä teoksia ovat

· Cambridge Companion to Boxing (tulossa)

· Rhapsodies in Black: Music and Words from the Harlem Renaissance (2002)

· Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis Jr. Story (2001) [Grammy-ehdokas]

· The Muhammad Ali Reader (1998)

· How the War in the Streets Is Won: Poems on the Quest of Love and Faith (1995)

· One Nation Under Groove: Motown & American Culture (1994, 2004)

· The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature, and Modern American Culture (1994) [National Book Critics Circle Award -voittaja]

· Daughters: On Family and Fatherhood (1994)

· Life with Daughters: Watching the Miss America Pageant (1990)

· Tuxedo Junction: Essays on American Culture (1989)
Prof. Early on Emmy-palkitun ohjaaja ja tuottaja Ken Burnsin historiallisten dokumenttielokuvien luottoasiantuntija. Dokumenteista tunnetuimpia ovat elokuvasarjat The War (”Amerikkalaiset sodassa”, 2007, nähty myös Ylellä), Jazz (2001) ja Baseball (1994). Early toimii kommentaattorina National Public Radion (NPR) suositussa ohjelmassa Fresh Air.

Lukuisista virallisista tunnustuksista mainittakoon esimerkiksi Lifetime Achievement Award (St. Louis American Foundation, 2012), Lifetime Achievement in the Arts (Webster Groves Arts Commission, 2009) sekä Arts and Excellence in the Arts Award (Education Council, St. Louis, Missouri 2008). Mutta kenties prof. Earlyn työn merkitystä yhdysvaltalaisen kulttuurin hyväksi kuvaa parhaiten se, että hänen tähtensä on valettu St. Louisin Walk of Fame –kävelykadulle!

 Luento on kaikille avoin. Tervetuloa!

Luento on osa Pohjois-Amerikan tutkimuksen John Morton -keskuksen järjestämää “Ali in Un/Expected Spaces”-symposiumia, joka järjestetään Janus-salissa 17–19.5.2017. IIPC on symposiumin osajärjestäjä. Opiskelijat voivat saada osallistumisesta merkinnän luentopassiin.

Lisätietoja: http://www.utu.fi/en/units/jmc/conferences/Ali_in_Un-Expected_Spaces/


CFP: Affective Politics of Social Media Symposium

CFP: Affective Politics of Social Media Symposium
University of Turku, Finland, October 12-13 2017
Confirmed keynote speakers: Crystal Abidin (Jönköping University / Curtin University), Kath Albury (Swinburne University of Technology), Nancy Baym (Microsoft Research New England) and Ben Light (University of Salford)
From clickbaits to fake news, heated Facebook exchanges, viral Twitter messages and Tinder swipes, the landscape of social media is rife with affective intensities of varying speeds and lengths. Affect, as the capacity to relate, impress and be impressed, creates dynamic connections between human and nonhuman bodies. Zooming in on these connections, their intensities, rhythms, and trajectories in the context of networked communications, Affective Politics of Social Media asks how affect circulates, generates value, fuels political action, feeds conflict and reconfigures the categories of gender, sexuality and race through and across social media platforms.
Multiple analytical avenues have already been laid out for doing this, from Jodi Dean’s examination of affect and drive to Tarleton Gillespie’s analysis of the politics of platforms, Adi Kuntsman’s examination of “webs of hate” and Zizi Papacharissi’s discussion of affective publics as contagious articulations of feeling that bring forth more or less temporary sense of community and connection. Building on a growing body of work on “networked affect”, this two-day symposium features keynotes exploring the affective labour of social media influencers, the automation and quantification of the intimate, the netiquette of hook-up apps and the dynamics of music stardom and fandom, and invites contributions connected to affect and social media in relation to
• collective action and political activism

• sexual cultures and practices

• harassment, hate and resistance

• affective rhythms, intensities and investments

• popular culture and everyday life
In order to facilitate participation, the symposium has no registration fee but pre-registrations are required. To propose a paper, please send a 300-word abstract and short bio (max. 100 words) to affective@utu.fi by June 9, 2017. Registrations will be made available in August 2017.
Organized by Department of Media Studies, IIPC, the International Institute for Popular Culture & DIGIN, Research Network on Digital Interaction at University of Turku and the Department of Gender Studies at Åbo Akademi University
Conference website: https://affectivesome.wordpress.com/
Organizing group: Susanna Paasonen, Kaisu Hynnä, Katariina Kyrölä, Mari Lehto, Mari Pajala & Valo Vähäpassi

EUPOP 2017, deadline May 15


University of the Arts London, July 25th – 27nd, 2017

Deadline: May 15th 2017 

Individual paper and panel contributions are welcomed for the sixth annual international conference of the European Popular Culture Association (EPCA), to be held at the University of the Arts London (272 High Holborn), July 25th – 27nd, 2017.

EUPOP 2017 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, Celebrity, The Body, Fashion, New Media, Popular Literature and Graphic Novels, Queer Studies, Sport, Curation, and Digital Culture. One particular strand will be devoted to fascism and popular culture.

There will be opportunities for networking and publishing within the EPCA. Presenters at EUPOP 2017 will be encouraged to develop their papers for publication in a number of Intellect journals, including the EPCA’s Journal of European Popular Culture. Journal editors will be working closely with strand convenors – a full list of Intellect journals is available at:

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.

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 Pamela Church Gibson (pamelachurchgibson@gmail.com) by 15/05/2017. Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged via e-mail.

The conference draft program will be announced in May 2017, along with the conference registration and accommodation details. The likely conference fee will be 200 euros (student), and 250 euros (other). The fee includes coffees, lunches, evening reception & dinner, and EPCA Membership (includes subscription to the European Journal of Popular Culture, Intellect Press).

Keynote speakers will be announced in May 2017.

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 2017 is organised by:
European Popular Culture Association (EPCA): http://epcablog.wordpress.com/
International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC): http://iipc.utu.fi/

EPCA President, Kari Kallioniemi, kakallio@utu.fi

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

EPCA Secretary, IIPC Coordinator, Kimi Kärki, kierka@utu.fi

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

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.