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.

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.


5-6 October 2017 – University of Turku



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

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

EUPOP 2017 deadline & keynotes

Today is the final deadline for the EUPOP 2017. If you still want in, write immediately to  
Full cfp: https://epcablog.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/eupop-2017-deadline-april-17/
The keynotes will be:
Dr Kimi Kärki (University of Turku, Finland): Totalitarian Alternative Futures and the Fascination of Nazi Aesthetics
Dr Paul Mountfort (Auckland University of Technology, New Zeland): Cosplay, Photography and Fan Capital
Dr Melanie Williams (University of East Anglia, UK): Movie Gear and Gear Movies: Fashion’s Relationship With British Cinema in the 1960s

“Muhammad Ali, King of the Inauthentic”, May 18

Professori Gerald Early, Washington University“Muhammad Ali, King of the Inauthentic”

Torstaina, 18.5.2017, klo 11:15–12:45

Turun yliopisto, Janus-Sali

Yhdysvaltain mustien kulttuurin tutkimuksen kärkinimi, professori Gerald Early, on ”Ali in Un/Expected Spaces” -symposiumin pääpuhuja. Prof. Early on tutkinut Yhdysvaltain mustien kulttuuria mm. jazzin, Motownin, baseballin sekä ammattinyrkkeilyn kautta. Lisäksi hän on tutkinut Malcolm X:n, Martin Luther King jr:n, Muhammad Alin ja Sammy Davis jr:n kaltaisten merkkihenkilöiden kulttuurista symbolismia.

Earlyn keskeisiä teoksia ovat

· Cambridge Companion to Boxing (tulossa)

· Rhapsodies in Black: Music and Words from the Harlem Renaissance (2002)

· Yes I Can! The Sammy Davis Jr. Story (2001) [Grammy-ehdokas]

· The Muhammad Ali Reader (1998)

· How the War in the Streets Is Won: Poems on the Quest of Love and Faith (1995)

· One Nation Under Groove: Motown & American Culture (1994, 2004)

· The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature, and Modern American Culture (1994) [National Book Critics Circle Award -voittaja]

· Daughters: On Family and Fatherhood (1994)

· Life with Daughters: Watching the Miss America Pageant (1990)

· Tuxedo Junction: Essays on American Culture (1989)
Prof. Early on Emmy-palkitun ohjaaja ja tuottaja Ken Burnsin historiallisten dokumenttielokuvien luottoasiantuntija. Dokumenteista tunnetuimpia ovat elokuvasarjat The War (”Amerikkalaiset sodassa”, 2007, nähty myös Ylellä), Jazz (2001) ja Baseball (1994). Early toimii kommentaattorina National Public Radion (NPR) suositussa ohjelmassa Fresh Air.

Lukuisista virallisista tunnustuksista mainittakoon esimerkiksi Lifetime Achievement Award (St. Louis American Foundation, 2012), Lifetime Achievement in the Arts (Webster Groves Arts Commission, 2009) sekä Arts and Excellence in the Arts Award (Education Council, St. Louis, Missouri 2008). Mutta kenties prof. Earlyn työn merkitystä yhdysvaltalaisen kulttuurin hyväksi kuvaa parhaiten se, että hänen tähtensä on valettu St. Louisin Walk of Fame –kävelykadulle!

 Luento on kaikille avoin. Tervetuloa!

Luento on osa Pohjois-Amerikan tutkimuksen John Morton -keskuksen järjestämää “Ali in Un/Expected Spaces”-symposiumia, joka järjestetään Janus-salissa 17–19.5.2017. IIPC on symposiumin osajärjestäjä. Opiskelijat voivat saada osallistumisesta merkinnän luentopassiin.

Lisätietoja: http://www.utu.fi/en/units/jmc/conferences/Ali_in_Un-Expected_Spaces/