EUPOP 2018

Join us at the European Popular Culture Association’s 7th annual conference, EUPOP 2018 in Prague, July 24-26. The cfp is here:


Tulevaisuuden kuvittelu populaarikulttuurissa (IIPC-seminaari)

Tulevaisuuden kuvittelu populaarikulttuurissa

Ti 5.12. klo 14-17, Janus-sali (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)

Seminaarissa kuullaan kolme alustusta:

Professori Erkki Sutinen (vuorovaikutusmuotoilu, tulevaisuuden teknologioiden laitos): Tulevaisuusteknologiat ja populaarikulttuuri

Dosentti Pertti Grönholm (yleinen historia): Länsisaksalaisen popkulttuurin utopiat ja Kraftwerk

FT Kimi Kärki (kulttuurihistoria): Totalitaristinen estetiikka ja vaihtoehtoiset tulevaisuudet


Seminaari kytkeytyy FT Kärjen post doc -tutkimukseen Imagine the Superman: A History of Transhumanist Popular Culture (Emil Aaltosen Säätiö)

Lämpimästi tervetuloa!


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 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.

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:
The registration deadline is Friday January 12, 2018.
The seminar program will be published on this website on February 1, 2018:
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)
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.

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.