Affective Politics of Social Media
University of Turku
12–13 October, 2017


Confirmed keynote speakers: Crystal Abidin (Jönköping University / Curtin University), Kath Albury (Swinburne University of Technology), Nancy Baym (Microsoft Research New England), Ben Light (University of Salford), Theresa Senft (Macquarie University), and Jenny Sundén (Södertörn University).

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




University Consortium of Pori, Finland, September 27th, 2016 (Lecture Room 267)

The Symposium Program

8:30–9:00 Registration, coffee is served at the lobby
9:00–9:15 Welcome/ opening words
Professor Anna Sivula, University of Turku

9:15–10:15 Keynote speaker:
Popular Cultural Heritage of Manchester
Professor Justin O´Connor, Monash University, Australia

10:30-12:00 Workshop 1:
Cultural heritage of popular culture
Chairman Anna Sivula, Professor, Cultural Heritage, University of Turku

1) From the Guggenheim Effect to Temporal Geographies of Affect: The Production of Social Space through Events and Affects
Aleksi Lohtaja, University of Jyväskylä

2) The barbarians are coming to town. Mont-de-Marsan and the world’s first punk festival (1976-1977)
Luc Robène, University of Bordeaux, THALIM (France) and Solveig Serre, CNRS (Centre de musique de Versailles) in CESR-CMBV (Centre d`études supérieures de la renaissance) (France)

3) The city of Paris and friendship in Dominique Sylvain’s Ingrid Diesel & Lola Jost series
Andrea Hynynen, University of Turku

12:00–13:00 Lunch (at your own expense)

13:00–14:30 Workshop 2:
Popular Culture and Urban Studies
Chairman Kari Kallioniemi, Adjunct professor, Cultural History, University of Turku

1) Rock and Ópera al Parque in Bogotá: Social and Cultural Perpspective Santiago Niño Morales, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá, Colombia

2) Industrial Cities, Industrial Sounds? Popular Music and the European urban Crisis in the 1970s and 1980s
Giacomo Botta, University of Helsinki

3) Pori Jazz Festival and perspectives on popular music and cultural heritage
Iida-Milla Saarinen, University of Turku

14:30–15:00 Coffee is served at the lobby

15:00–-16:00 Keynote Speaker:
Rock Spectacles and Cultural Heritage
Dr Kimi Kärki, IIPC (The International Institute for Popular Culture, University of Turku)

16:00–16:30 Final discussion

We’ll get together in a local pub and continue discussions!





University Consortium of Pori, Finland, September 27th, 2016

9.45 am- 17.00 pm

CALL FOR PAPERS (extended deadline 1 Aug, 2016)

Individual paper and panel contributions are welcomed on the following thematic

Popular Culture and Urban Studies

Crime fiction, city and emotions

Urban Heritage and Identity Work

Temporal Uses of Urban Space


The international symposium will offer a variety of perspectives on urban studies and popular culture research. For example music festivals have become quite a significant factor in determining urban identities, and for the reason we also encourage contributions on 50-year old Pori Jazz Festival.

This symposium will offer two keynote lectures. Professor Justin O’Connor (Monash University, Australia) is an expert of urban popular culture and cultural industries. He will be talking about the popular cultural heritage of the city of Manchester. Dr Kimi Kärki (University of Turku, Finland) has researched the cultural history of rock spectacles and other media events. His keynote address will focus on rock spectacles as containers of history culture.

The workshops will explore

1) The various ways of how popular culture and urban culture are connected.

2) How urban fear in crime fiction will introduce the relationship between the city and characters of crime fiction in literature, film, TV, and other media.

3) How urban heritage can be explored by the identity and identity work.

4) Temporary uses will be introduced and explored via popular music and analyzed by their significance, on the basis of design, sustainability, profitability, creativity, inclusiveness and heritage.

The seminar is organized, on the home turf of the internationally well-known Pori Jazz Festival, at the University Consortium of Pori at 27th September 2016. The seminar languages are English and Finnish. The seminar is free of charge for all participants.

Papers will be subject to peer review. Proposals for individual presentations must not exceed 20 minutes in length. Send your 250 words abstract with:

  • your full name
  • affiliation
  • contact details, including e-mail address (as a Word-file attachment, not a PDF)
  • presentation title
  • 3-5 keywords

A jury will decide which papers are accepted and may suggest the proposed paper to switch to an another category considering that there is no hierarchy in the type of presentation, each one being mentioned in the program of the conference and published in the conference proceedings. Descriptions of all the four workshops, see below.

EXTENDED DEADLINE!!! Proposals should be submitted to Professor Anna Sivula ( by August 1st, 2016.

The conference draft program will be announced in August 12th 2016, along with the symposium registration and accommodation details. All the details are to be found on the.

The refereed proceedings will be published at the IIPC Publication Series ISSN 1797-318X (online). For the previous titles in the series, see

Keynote lectures

Professor Justin O´Connor
Monash University, Australia

Dr Kimi Kärki
IInternational Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC), University of Turku



Application for participation in the conference, please send an abstract (250 words) to:

professor Anna Sivula (

Abstracts can be written in English and the conference languages will be English and Finnish.

Abstract submission deadline is August 1, 2016.

The acceptance will be announced by August 12, 2016.


The preliminary schedule of the conference

Monday 26th September 2016

Evening reception at Satakunta Museum, Pori

Tuesday 27th September 2016

Conference program with two keynote presentations and four parallel workshops

Organizers of the conference

MUSIC FESTIVAL AND URBAN IDENTITY is organized by the University of               Turku:

Cultural Heritage Studies and Degree Program in Cultural production and     Landscape Studies (Pori)

International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC)


Further information

Professor Anna Sivula,


Here are the descriptions of all four workshops:

Workshop 1

Popular Culture and Urban Studies

PhD, Kari Kallioniemi, University of Turku

The main aim of this workshop is to explore the various ways how popular culture and urban studies are connected, both in their historical and contemporary forms, and how different concepts of popular and urban could provide material for students interested about the relationship between popular culture and urban studies.

Workshop 2

Crime fiction, city and emotions

Dr Silja Laine, University of Turku

Crime fiction is in many ways a transnational genre, written, produced and consumed in every continent and it may be set in the most extraordinary or distant places. At the same time it has national traditions and many popular films and books have a special tie with a specific city. This session sets out to investigate the relationship between the city and characters of crime fiction in literature, film, TV, and other media. What kind of emotions and affects do cities generate in crime fiction? How do specific urban places connect to crime, for instance by enhancing criminal activities or shielding people from them, creating places of danger and fear, or safety and community?  In what ways are gender and urban spaces intertwined?

Workshop 3

Cultural heritage of popular culture

Professor Anna Sivula, University of Turku

Popular culture is an important source of the both tangible and intangible cultural heritage of urban and digital communities. This workshop explores the complex relationship between the cultural heritage and popular culture. In this group we explore the heritage communities that use the remnants of 20th and 21th century popular culture as places of memory. We are interested in the methodologies of critical heritage studies concerning the new heritages. We are also interested in the different kinds of case studies of the process, where the cultural heritage of popular culture emerges and is solidified.

Workshop 4

Temporal Uses of Urban Space

Dr Giacomo Bottá, University of Helsinki

This workshop explores temporary uses via popular music and analyses their significance on the basis of design, sustainability, profitability, creativity, inclusiveness and heritage. Are there different typologies of popular music-led temporary uses to be taken into account? What are their outcomes from the social and spatial dimension? What roles plays the temporary in festivals? How can we mobilize temporality to durable and long-lasting effects?