About Kimi Kärki

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

IIPC Debate 7 Dec

IIPC Debate #94
Thu Dec 7, 12-14, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Dr John Williamson (University of Glasgow)
New Routes? Studying artist careers in music industries’ research

This talk will make some connections between Williamson’s current research on music on Scottish television and previous work on the global music industries.

It will argue that detailed and critical biographical studies of individual artists’ careers can provide an important counterpoint to studies of either the music industries generally or institutions and organisations within them. To illustrate this, the talk will draw on the careers of two musical stars of Scottish and British television in the late twentieth century – Kenneth McKellar and Lulu. It will argue that their work on television is not only revealing from the perspective of building a musical career in 1950s and 1960s, but that it also adds considerably to what we know about the machinations of the music industries at the time. In doing so, it will focus on the under studied role of agents, managers and television/ theatre producers in the shaping these careers. More widely, it will claim that refocusing on music industries’ studies on the artists is essential to understanding both historical and contemporary events with them.

Dr John Williamson has been Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow in Popular Music Studies in the School of Culture and Creative Arts since September 2016. Prior to that, he spent four years as researcher on an AHRC funded project looking at the history of the British Musicians’ Union. This ended with a book, Players’ Work Time (co-written with Martin Cloonan) a conference in Glasgow in 2016 and an exhibition which has been shown in Glasgow, London and Manchester. (see www.muhistory.com). He completed his PhD at Queen Margaret University in 2010 on Intellectual Property, Rent Seeking and Entrepreneurship in the Music Industries. He has also worked as a journalist (mainly for The Herald newspaper) and as a manager of a number of Glasgow based bands, most notably bis and Belle and Sebastian.

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Music Research, Now!

Music Research, Now! / Musiikintutkimus, Nyt! / Musikforskning, Nu!
February 9, 2018

Department of Musicology, University of Turku

Janus Lecture Hall (Artium Building, Sirkkala Campus Area; Kaivokatu 12)
Hello, is it you I’m looking for…
The seventh annual Music Research, Now! symposium invites Turku-based researchers from whatever field of study, engaging with music or sound, to present their ongoing research at this event.
The main purpose of the event is to facilitate networking among music researchers from various departments and units at the University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Sibelius Museum, and other educational and cultural institutes in Turku. We especially encourage scholars from such fields as, but not limited to, musicology, music education, cultural history, art and media studies, cultural studies, sociology, philosophy, gender studies, and archive work, to actively participate in the event. The symposium is an opportunity for a researcher to receive feedback from the entire pool of music/sound researchers working in the city.
Because of the growing number of international and exchange students and researchers, this cfp is written in English, but papers are invited in Finnish and Swedish in addition to English.
The presentations will be speed talks: a 10-minute presentation and 5 minutes for discussion. 
In order to register for Music Research, Now! please fill in the online registration form at:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GuLdPCuJxg1NPNHTOo7MZiNBOFpt3tgohX2kcAL6yrM/edit
The registration deadline is Friday January 12, 2018.
The seminar program will be published on this website on February 1, 2018: 

http://www.utu.fi/fi/yksikot/hum/yksikot/musiikkitiede/ajankohtaista/Sivut/mrn-2018.aspx
The speakers will also be notified by e-mail.
For more information please contact one of the symposium secretaries Tuomas Auvinen (tuomas.a.auvinen (at) utu.fi).
Welcome!
On behalf of the organiser, the Department of Musicology, University of Turku
Anna-Elena Pääkölä, university teacher

Tuomas Auvinen, symposium secretary

Sanna Qvick, symposium secretary

IIPC Debate 14 Nov

IIPC Debate #92
Tue Nov 14, 4-6 pm (Seminar room E325, Minerva building, University of Turku)
Dr Katherine Farrimond (University of Sussex): The Femme Fatale in Consumer Culture: Buying Glamour, Nostalgia and Feminism

‘Femme fatale’, a term most often associated with classical film noir, can also be found in consumer contexts from fashion magazine editorials and beauty products to sex toys and weapons. Despite this elasticity, there are points of gravity and attraction around which the term hovers in consumer culture: aspiration, agency, glamour, danger. In this paper, I examine instances of ‘femme fatale’ in consumer culture as indicative of the elasticity of retro culture, the uses to which certain nostalgic figurations can be put, and the relationship between (post)feminism and the past.

Biography
Katherine Farrimond is Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex. Her monograph, The Contemporary Femme Fatale was published with Routledge in 2017, and she has published numerous articles and book chapters on representations of girlhood, femininity, sexuality and the uses of the past in popular culture. She is book reviews editor for Feminist Theory Journal and co-editor of SEQUENCE.

IIPC Debate 16 Nov

IIPC Debate #93
Thu Nov 16, 16-18, Seminar room E123 (Minerva Building, Kaivokatu 12, Turku)

Grab them by the pussy: Fifty Shades Darker and the dominant white man in the age of Trump

Dr Anna-Elena Pääkkölä (University of Turku)

 

This debate raises issues surrounding two separate yet interrelated phenomena in popular culture today: Trump and emergent sexism, and the film Fifty Shades Darker (2017). While Fifty Shades has been considered a fairly harmless, soft-core sexual fantasy franchise similar to the Harlequin novels, its raging popularity during the 2010s raises questions as to why it became so popular so quickly. In 2016, secret recordings reveal then-candidate Trump referring to women in derogatory, sexist ways. At more or less at the same time, the trailer for Fifty Shades Darker shows a powerful white heterosexual man stalking a woman, audiovisually framed as a psychological thriller instead of a “rom-com” or a soft porn film. My presentation discusses the Fifty Shades franchise as a symptom of rising sexist attitudes in the sphere of popular culture, and what this tells us of the “crisis of masculinity” in present days circumstances.

 

Anna-Elena Pääkkölä is a university teacher and researcher in musicology at the University of Turku, who discussed the sounds of sadomasochistic erotica and in her PhD (Sound Kinks: Sadomasochistic Erotica in Audiovisual Music Performances, University of Turku, 2016). Her main research interests lie in popular music and culture, gender and queer studies, and audiovisual studies.

IIPC Debate 26 Oct

IIPC Debate #91
Thu Oct 26, 16-18, Seminar room Litzen, E117 (Minerva Building, Kaivokatu 12, Turku)

IIPC Visiting Professor Scott Henderson (Brock University, Canada): There’s No ‘E’ in Fuck: Language and Alliances in Saint-Etienne’s Music Scene

Scott Henderson is an Associate Professor and former Chair of the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film at Brock University. He is also the Executive Director and co-founder of the Popular Culture Association of Canada. His research focuses on issues of identity and representation in popular culture and he is currently investigating the changing nature of music scenes within post-industrial cities, including St. Etienne, France, Hamilton, Ontario, and Glasgow, Scotland. He is also co-editing, with Barry Keith Grant, a forthcoming collection on comics to film adaptation. He has published work on Canadian film and television, youth culture, film and popular music, British cinema, and Canadian radio policy.

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.

HIP HOP ECOLOGIES AND POLITICS

HIP HOP ECOLOGIES AND POLITICS
5-6 October 2017 – University of Turku

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/787407624717273/

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
Project

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