IIPC Debate 24 September

IIPC Debate 104
Tue 24th September, 4-6 pm, Seminar Room Hovi (Artium, Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Professor Sara Cohen, University of Liverpool (Faculty of Humanities Visiting Professor, University of Turku)
Mapping the Musical City: Heritage, Memory and the Popular Music Past in Urban England

This paper considers the impact of music on how people live in and engage with the world, by exploring how music is related to place and why this matters. More specifically, the paper explores efforts to map music, particularly popular music, by drawing on research conducted in the city of Liverpool and across England more generally. This research was driven by an anthropological concern with music as a social practice and experience, and by an interest in practices of remembering the musical past and constructing music as heritage.

The first part of the paper discusses how the musical past has been mapped across various social and institutional contexts. It compares, for example, the creation of maps featuring sites of music heritage for place-marketing purposes, with the life-mapping undertaken by individuals as they remember their own personal musical past. The second part of the paper explains that while these practices of mapping and remembering anchor music in space and place, they also highlight the complex, dynamic and contested ways in which people engage with places through music. This provides a basis for two concluding points: firstly, to understand music as both a social and spatial practice, it is important to trace the journeys through which people engage with and navigate places through music; secondly, music offers people a unique means of mapping and placing themselves in the world, which helps to explain why it matters.

Sara Cohen is Professor of Music, IPM, University of Liverpool. She have specialised in research on popular music, with a particular interest in anthropological and ethnographic research on music as a social and spatial practice and how people engage with places through music. This has involved a long series of projects on music and cities, including those exploring the development of local music cultures and identities, and how music is related to urban regeneration and landscape, and to cultural tourism, promoting popular music as national heritage, musical migration – in such places as Liverpool – and how popular music is related to the vernacular remembering of local audiences, practices of autobiographical remembering and relating music to ideas and experiences of ageing.

cfp: IABA World Turku 2020

IIPC is co-organizing, popular culture papers welcome!

Life-Writing: Imagining the Past, Present and Future
9–12 June 2020
Turku, Finland

SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory warmly welcomes proposals to the 12th IABA World Conference, which will be held at the University of Turku (Finland), June 9-12, 2020. Through the theme of Life-Writing: Imagining the Past, Present and Future, IABA World 2020 will explore the multiple temporalities shaping the dimensions of life storying and life writing research. Temporality impacts the writing and shaping of life narratives, as well as the ways in which we analyze life narrative documents. The temporal is at the core of how we understand the centuries-long histories of how the self is written about and the genealogy of life writing research. Temporality, however, does not mean only gazing to the past, but also understanding how the present moment and orientation to the future are visible in life writing and/or how history makes its presence known in different moments and spaces. The temporal approach also invites us to explore how the future is imagined in life narratives and to discuss our visions for the future of life writing studies.

This interdisciplinary conference encourages dialogues across boundaries of theory, methodology, genre, place, and time. The Conference invites not only traditional conference papers and panels, but also unconventional presentation formats, creative sessions, as well as artistic performances. We encourage cross-disciplinary and transnational contributions. Proposed works may consider life storying through themes including for example:

  • Narrating and imagining life courses (for example childhood, youth, and aging in life writing)
  • Ethics of storytelling
  • Cultural memory and societal change
  • Non-human life storying / Life writing in posthumanism
  • Autobiography, diary, letters, and life writing in historical research
  • The histories and futures of different genres of life writing
  • Digital history and the future of biographical and prosopographical research
  • Sensory and/or Emotive narratives
  • Life storying in popular culture (music, film, theatre, games)
  • Visual life narratives (photography, graphics, visual arts etc.)
  • Hidden/forgotten lives vs. Public/celebrated lives
  • Interrelations: Family and life writing
  • Life storying migrations, displacements, and belongings
  • Life writing illness and wellness / disability and ability
  • Imagining futures in life narratives
  • Life writing and artistic research
  • The histories and futures of life writing studies across disciplinary boundaries
  • Methods, genres, and definitions in life-writing/autobiographical/life story/ego-document research


We invite both 20 minute individual presentations and 90 minute full panel, roundtable, or workshop sessions (3-4 presenters, including Chair). We encourage proposed full sessions to be interdisciplinary and international. Creative sessions and performances can also be proposed and if you are uncertain about how to submit these, please contact the organizers: iabaturku2020@utu.fi

The conference language is English.

All presenters must submit a max. 300 word abstract and a 150 word bio.

Please note: when you propose a full session all the presenters must submit their own abstract to the system and mention that it is part of XXX session.

Link to abstract submission:

Abstract submission guidelines:

  • Register to Oxford Abstracts to submit
  • You may amend your submission until the final submission deadline. Please note that uncompleted abstracts will not be reviewed.
  • Remember to complete the abstract and answer all the required questions before the deadline.
  • If you have any questions regarding the submission process, please contact info@aboaservices.fi

Practicalities and schedule:

Deadline for proposals 30.9.2019

Notification of acceptance: 1.12.2019

Registration opens: 1.12.2019 / Early bird fee until: 29.2.2020 / Final registration by: 15.4.2020

The Conference Fee will be ca. 200/150 EUR (early bird), 250/200 EUR (the exact amount will be notified when the registration opens)

Information about publication plans:

The conference team will publish a special issue of Biography in conjunction with the 2020 IABA Turku. Information will be available on the conference website by August.

Conference organizer: SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory, University of Turku

Conference co-organizers:  Åbo Akademi University, the City of Turku, International Institute for Popular Culture, and the Finnish Literature Society

Study Day: Ambient Sound and Silence in Cinema and Television 

September 27th, University of Turku
Organised by the Musicology Department and the IIPC
Arje Schein Lecture Hall, Dentalia, 10 – 15 (exact schedule to be confirmed)
Keynote speaker: Richard Dyer, King’s College 

Ambient sounds and silence in audiovisual artefacts serve to create the space, time, and mood of scenes without strictly speaking consisting of “music”. In some ways, they are integral to constructing the “messages” of films and television – in essence, producing the sonic differences between familiarity and strangeness, and evoking qualities such as eeriness or temporal stasis. In approaches ranging from the consideration of sound as a tool for producing immersion to more explicit communication, studies of ambient sound delve deeper in this often neglected area of soundtrack design. In this study day, we will delve into the nature, construction and meanings of ambient sound in audiovisual contexts and discuss its functions, slippages and newest forms. 

Students may earn 2 ECTs by attending this conference and writing a lecture diary with additional reading summaries. The submission deadline for this is October 31st. Contact Anna-Elena Pääkkölä (aempaa@utu.fi) for additional details and readings, preferably before the event already.  


Popular Culture and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest

Friday 3.5.2019

Janus, Sirkkala


10.00–11.00 :Welcome; Dean Vuletic: Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest


Pia Koivunen: Russia and Ukraine in the Eurovisions: a love–hate relationship

Mari Pajala: Israel and Eurovision – a brief history

Jan Wickman: A spectre of queer visibility on the ESC stage

12.15 –13.00 Lunch break


Pertti Grönholm: From Telex to Darude: Electronic sounds and the questions of authenticity and performance in the ESC

Yrjö Heinonen: Persona and character in three Finnish Eurovision Song Contest performances: Sata Salamaa (Vicky Rosti, 1987), La Dolce Vita (Anneli Saaristo, 1989) and Tule Luo (Katri Helena, 1993)

Anna-Elena Pääkkölä: Marry Me? Krista Sigfrid’s camp cheer for the Finnish equal marriage campaign

14.15–14.45 Coffee


Panel discussion with Kaisa Ilmonen, Dean Vuletic and Jan Wickman: The Eurovision experience on location


Information for students:

Students attending to seminar can gain credits for the following modules:

Musicology: MUSI3008 Popular Music Studies, MUSI2175 Other Area of Study I, MUSI2178 Other Area of Study II

European and World History: YLHI0612 Power, politics and borders/Nationalism and transnationalism

Media Studies: METU1051 Media and Popular Culture, METU1052 Differences and Identities in Media Culture, METU0146 Project Studies

2 ECTS: lecture diary (5 pages, 1,5 spacing)

5 ECTS: essay (12 pages, 1,5 spacing) using additional literature and possibly analysing related media material of your own choice. A list of literature is available from teachers. You can write in English or Finnish.


Musicology: anna-elena.paakkola ( AT ) utu.fi

European and World History: pia.koivunen ( AT ) utu.fi

Media Studies: mari.pajala ( AT ) utu.fi

Deadline for essays and lecture diaries 26 May 2019.

IIPC Debate 25 April

IIPC Debate 103
Thu 25th April, 4-5 pm, Seminar Room Aikala (Historicum, Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Dr David Archibald, University of Glasgow
Tracking Loach: Making The Angels’ Share

This paper draws on research gleaned from conducting an ethnographic study of the making of The Angels’ Share (Loach, 2012). The study involves four elements: participant observation of the production process; interviews with cast and crew, the visual documenting of the process, and subsequent archival research. The paper explores questions of cinematic authorship in Loach’s oeuvre, suggesting that they are best informed, not simply by screen analysis, but also by careful consideration of the filmmaker’s working methods. The paper will be accompanied by filmed footage of the production process, shot on-location by the presenter.

Dr. Archibald is a Senior Lecturer at Film & Television Studies, University of Glasgow. His research interests include film and journalism, film and history, specifically, cinematic representations of the Spanish civil war, production studies, film festivals – in addition to academic work in this area, David has attended numerous film festivals as the accredited delegate of publications such as Cineaste and Financial Times.

Musiikintutkimus, Nyt! / Musikforskning, Nu! / Music Research, Now!

Friday, January 11, 2019 (2 pm to 6:15 pm)

Music Library, Turku City Library (Old Building, 2nd floor, Linnankatu 2, Turku)

This symposium is fully open to public, welcome!!!


The eighth 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.

The presentations will be speed talks: a 10-minute presentation and 5 minutes for discussion.

Organizer: The Department of Cultural History, University of Turku, in collaboration with Turku City Library, the Departments of Musicology and Music Education at the University of Turku, the Department of Musicology at Åbo Akademi University, and the International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC). If you have questions about the event, please contact Dr Kimi Kärki (kimi.karki at utu.fi).


14:00 Kimi Kärki (Cultural History, University of Turku):
Opening words

14:00-14:15 Jan Hellberg (Musicology, Åbo Akademi):
Glocalising Worship Musicking. Performed meanings and localisation in the music culture in the Evangelical Lutherhan Church in Namibia

14:15-14:30 Tiina Käpylä (Musicology, University of Turku):
Puhetta soittavista naisista ja soittaville naisille

14:30-14:45 Anna Peltomäki (Art History, University of Turku):
Hopeinen kuu on teräksinen. Suomalaiset pop-monumentit

14:45-15:00 Sanna Qvick (Musicology, University of Turku):
Nukahtamisen äänellinen tulkinta…

15:00-15:15 Rami Mähkä (Cultural History, University of Turku):
Tulevaisuus ja utopia Jimi Hendrixin musiikissa

15:15-15:30 Jopi Harri (Musicology, University of Turku):
Nykyinen kirkkolaulu Valamon luostarissa Heinävedellä

15:30-15:45 Marjaana Virtanen (Musicology, University of Turku):
Audiovisuaalinen esittäminen Maj Lind –pianokilpailussa


15:45-16:00 BREAK


16:00-16:30 Johannes Brusila & Kim Ramstedt (Musicology, Åbo Akademi University):
The impact of digitalisation on minority folk and popular music: some preliminary results

16:30-16:45 Janne Palkisto (Musicology, University of Turku):
Bernhard Crusell in 1798 in the light of new sources

16:45-17:00: Tuomas Auvinen (Musicology, University of Turku):
Producers and Job Fulfilment: The Concept of ‘Ikigai’ in the Work of Music Producers in Finland, Japan, Sweden and the U.S.A

17:00-17:15 Yrjö Heinonen (Musicology, University of Turku):
Writing a Musical Work: The Case of Beethoven’s A Minor String Quartet Op, 132

17:15-17:30 Anna-Elena Pääkkölä (Musicology, University of Turku):
Fart Studies: Aestheticizing The Profane in The Swiss Army Man (2016)

17:30-17:45 Kari Kallioniemi (Musicology, University of Turku):
The State of the Anglo-Finnish Musical Nation – The Adaption of English Influences in Post-War Finnish Popular Music

17:45-18:00 John Richardson (Musicology, University of Turku):
Unbeaching Einstein, Sounding a New Queer Space: Report on recently completed editorial work

18:00-18:15 Martin Cloonan (TIAS, University of Turku):
Musicians and the gig economy

Musiikintutkimus, Nyt! / Musikforskning, Nu! / Music Research, Now!

Musiikintutkimus, Nyt! / Musikforskning, Nu! / Music Research, Now!
Friday, January 11, 2019 (2pm to 6 pm)
Music Library, Turku City Library (Linnankatu 2, Turku)
The eighth 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 the following form:
The registration deadline is Wednesday December 19, 2018.
The seminar program will be published on this website by Friday December 21, 2018.
The speakers will also be notified by e-mail.
If you have questions about the event, please contact Dr Kimi Kärki (kimi.karki at utu.fi).
Organizer: The Department of Cultural History, University of Turku, in collaboration with the Departments of Musicology and Music Education at the University of Turku, the Department of Musicology at Åbo Akademi University, and the International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC).

Welcome to ‘1984’


Welcome to ‘1984’ – Populaarikulttuurin lähihistoriaa – Seminar on Current History of Popular Culture

//In English below//


Tervetuloa IIPC:n, musiikintutkimuksen ja mediatutkimuksen yhteiseen iltapäiväseminaarin 12. Joulukuuta (Janus-sali klo 12–18). Seminaarin lähtökohtana toimii Orwellin dystopia 1984, jonka kautta luodaan monipuolinen katsaus 1980-luvun populaarikulttuurin lähihistoriaan; musiikkiin, muotiin, elokuvaan ja pelikulttuuriin.


Seminaarin puhujavieraita ovat Clarissa Smith (Sunderland, UK), Freya Jarman (Liverpool, UK) ja Annamari Vänskä Aalto-yliopistosta. Lyhyemmät puheenvuorot esittävät Jaakko Suominen, Kimi Kärki, John Richardson, Laura Saarenmaa, Mari Pajala & Susanna Paasonen (ks. tarkempi ohjelma alla).


Seminaarilla on mahdollista suorittaa mediatutkimuksen opintopisteitä aina 5 op:een asti kohdista METU0146 (projektiopinnot), METU1051 (Media ja populaarikulttuuri) sekä musiikintutkimuksen opintopisteitä kohdista MUSI3004 (populaarimusiikki) ja MUSI3005 (laadulliset menetelmät). Seminaarilla voi sopimuksen mukaan myös täydentää aiempia osasuorituksia. 5 op:n suoritusmuotona on seminaarin esityksistä laadittu luentopäiväkirja (n. 6 sivua) sekä seminaarin teemoihin liittyvän, oma 1980-lukuun liittyvän aineistoesimerkin analyysi (n. 6 sivua). Kirjoitelmien tueksi on tarjolla räätälöity lista oheiskirjallisuutta. Ota yhteyttä laura.saarenmaa@utu.fi


//Seminar on 1980s Popular Culture


Welcome to 1984-seminar, organized by IIPC, Musicology and Media Studies, on 12th of Dec (Janus-Hall, 12-18).

In this seminar, Orwell’s dystopic novel 1984 is used as a blueprint through which speakers of explore the 1980s as an important decade related to the recent history of popular culture. The discussed topics include fashion, games, television and pop music. The invited guest speakers are Clarissa Smith (Sunderland, UK) Freya Jarman (Liverpool, UK) and Annamari Vänskä (Aalto-University, Helsinki).


Modes of Assessment: The students attending to seminar can collect 5 credits to be included in METU0146, METU1051, MUSI3004 and MUSI3005, or some other modul negotiated with the responsible teacher, and done by lecture-diary and independent essay based on analysis of the chosen material related to the themes of the seminar (6 pages). There will be additional list of references available from the responsible teacher. Please contact, laura.saarenmaa@utu.fi





12:00-12:10 Welcome

12:15-13 Clarissa Smith: Keeping Up Appearances: British Sexual

Culture in the 1980s

13:00-13:45 Annamari Vänskä: Girls just wanna have fun: Fashion in 1984.




14:15-15:00 Freya Jarman: [title to be confirmed]

15:00-15:30 John Richardson 1984: Orwell, Bowie & Eurythmics

15:30-16:00 Kimi Kärki: ’Nothing clean, right?’ Dialogues with the Cyberdyne Systems Model 101




16:00-16:30 Jaakko Suominen: Miksi 1984 ei ole kuin 1984? Mikrotietokoneet ja pelit uutena kulttuurina.

16.30-17:00 Laura Saarenmaa: Pastori Silli ja rasvaisen tv-viihteen anatomia

17.30-18:00 Mari Pajala &/ Susanna Paasonen: Suomalainen pornolehdistö videon valtakaudella




IIPC Debate 1 Nov

IIPC Debate #102

Thu 1 Nov, 4-5 pm

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

Listening Alone, Together: The Cinema as a Personal Stereo

Dr. Carlo Cenciarelli (Cardiff University)

The role that imagination plays in defining the cultural meaning of technology is an important insight of media scholarship. As recent work on media archaeology has shown, focusing on ‘media fantasies’ can reveal what thoughts are possible about a given technology during its emergence and at various points in its development, and thus is a way of moving beyond descriptive and deterministic accounts. In this talk I will discuss one particular fantasy about listening that is found in film, and that I believe can be productively explored through film: the notion of the personal stereo as a technology of interpersonal communication.

Dr Carlo Cenciarelli specialises in the intersection between music and visual culture in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. His main publications have been on the cinematic afterlife of J. S. Bach, on opera and digital culture, and on the aesthetics of musical borrowing. He is currently writing a book on the representation of listening in film. Before joining Cardiff, he was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London. He holds a PhD in Musicology from King’s College London (2011).