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).

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