IIPC Debate 18 Nov

IIPC Debate #88
Fri Nov 18, 2-4 pm, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)

Professor Robynn Stilwell (Georgetown University): Ernie Kovacs: Defining Television in Negative Space

Ernie Kovacs was a pioneering figure in early television in the United States. His work across different networks and formats is united by its witty and often surreal use of displaced sound and image, and by its musical organization. Kovacs himself declared the purpose of his work “to bring sight to sound.” By transgressing sound borders familiar from the theatre or cinema, and by disorienting cause and effect, Kovacs fostered the development of a new mode of audiovisual presentation (television) essentially by charting out negative space.

As much of Kovacs’s work is antithetical to analysis seeking wholeness, this talk will explore variants of Peircean semiotics alongside musical analysis and perhaps a dash of quantum mechanics in an attempt to capture aspects of motion and probability that suggest coherence, if not closure.

Robynn Stilwell (Georgetown University) is a musicologist whose research interests center on the meaning of music as cultural work. Publications include essays on Beethoven and cinematic violence, musical form in Jane Austen, rockabilly and “white trash”, figure skating, French film musicals, psychoanalytic film theory and its implications for music and for female subjects, and the boundaries between sound and music in the cinematic soundscapeHer current project is a historical study of audiovisual modality in television.

Imaging Transgender: Trans Aesthetics and the New Popular Cinematic Body

Guest lecture by Professor Cáel M. Keegan

“Imaging Transgender: Trans Aesthetics and the New Popular Cinematic Body”

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 2-4 pm

Lecture hall II, Main building, University of Turku

The lecture is organized by Gender studies & the International Institute for Popular Culture Studies (IIPC)




The Matrix (1999) and its sequels have been much-theorized as threshold texts–films that visually defined the advent of the 21st century and expressed the approaching convergence of digital technologies with film production, Asian with Western popular cultures, and the internet with daily life. However, scholarship on The Matrix series remains fatally incomplete, containing no analysis of its production by the world’s first transgender major motion picture directors, Lana and Lilly Wachowski. This talk examines The Matrix and its three sequels as a global cultural event that invented and popularized a new transgender aesthetic–a trans-informed political and phenomenological relationship to dominant reality–that has permanently altered how cinematic time, space, and embodiment are produced, understood, and inhabited. The Matrix series illustrates how, far from being a marginalized or subcultural phenomenon, transgender aesthetics are present and operating at the very center of 21st century global popular culture.


Cáel M. Keegan is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University. He has published multiple articles on the aesthetics, material production, and global circulation of queer and transgender images. His current book project, Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Imaging Transgender is the first to interrogate the directors’ filmography from a transgender studies perspective, and the first academic study to contain an interview with Lana Wachowski.



Friday, November 25, 2016

Sirkkala Campus, Hovi Lecture Hall (V105)





10.15 Opening of the symposium


10.30 Birgit Abels (University of Göttingen): Meaning/Meaningfulness. What atmospheres can do for us?


11.15 Kimi Kärki (University of Turku): Audiovisual dreamspaces in arena rock


12.00 Lunch


13.15 Friedlind Riedel (Bauhaus-University Weimar): Felt presence. Music beyond meaning.


14.00 Juha Torvinen (University of Turku): Atmosphere, nature, and cross-generational knowledge in music


14.45 Coffee


15.15 Milla Tiainen (University of Helsinki): Affective attunement as generative atmospheres of music-making.
Connecting affect studies and musical performance studies


16.00 John Richardson (University of Turku): Atmospheres of heroism and its reflections. Bowie, Glass, Aphex Twin


16.45 Discussion and closing words




PRE-SYMPOSIUM PARTY at Restaurant Koulu (Eerikinkatu 18)

Thursday, November 24, 2016


Live music:



Supporting: Kimi Kärki and friends


Showtime 21.30






This symposium is organized by:

– Academy of Finland Research Fellow Juha Torvinen (University of Turku)

– Doctoral Fellow Friedlind Riedel (Bauhaus-University Weimar)

– Research Project Music, Nature, and Environmental Crises (Juha Torvinen, The Department of Musicology, University of Turku)

– International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC) (University of Turku)
– The Department of Musicology, University of Turku


For more info, contact Juha Torvinen <juha.torvinen@utu.fi>

IIPC Debate 24 Oct

IIPC Debate #87
Mon Oct 24, 4-6 pm, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Professor James Deaville (Carleton University): Tracking Terror: Listening to Jihadist Recruiting Videos

Observers have characterized Western media culture as “ocularcentric” (“seeing is believing”), a bias that dates back to the early Modern age and has been reinforced by the rise of photography in the 19th century and of moving images in the 20th. However, that perspective reveals itself as myopic when considering the products of cultures like the Arabic/Islamic, which are widely recognized as “audiocentric” (Armbrust, 2013). By ignoring the soundtracks of videos that emanate from the Middle East, Western media critics stand not only to provide their readers with a partial picture but also to miss important overt and covert cues within their soundtracks. This applies all the more for “messages” to the West sent by extremist groups like Hamas and ISIS, which use the video format to strike fear into the hearts of good citizens and to find new recruits among disenchanted or disenfranchised (male) youth. This paper explores the soundtracks to Jihadist recruiting videos to uncover their components, elucidate their functions, and assess how effectively they target Western young people. As we shall observe, in the case of Jihadist audiovisual propaganda, “listening is believing.”

James Deaville (School for Studies in Art & Culture: Music, Carleton University, Canada) has published in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of the Society for American Music, Journal of Musicological Research, and Music and Politics, and has contributed to books published by Oxford, Cambridge, and Routledge, among others. He also edited Music in Television: Channels of Listening (2011). In 2012, he received a two-year grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to explore film trailer auralities. With Dana and Gorzelany-Mostak, he has co-edited a special issue of Music and Politics about music and the 2012 presidential election in the United States. He has co-edited with Christina Baade an anthology for Oxford entitled Music and the Broadcast Experience: Performance, Production, and Audiences (out in September). He has published essays about music and the War in Iraq, the televised soundscape of war between the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars, and the role of music and sound in media coverage of the Occupy Movement, among other topics. He is under contract with OUP to co-edit the Oxford Handbook of Music and Advertising, and is working on a book manuscript for the University of California Press on music in cinematic trailers.




IIPC Debate 3 October

IIPC Debate #86
Mon Oct 3, 6-7:30 pm, Studio (Turku City Library)
TaT Sam Inkinen: Kahdeksankymmentäluvun Zeitgeist – Kulttuuriset virtaukset, utooppiset ja dystooppiset energiat sekä ajan henki Orwellin vuodesta 1984 eteenpäin
Luento on osa Studia Generalia -luentosarjaa 1980-luvun Suomen kulttuurihistoriaa: https://blogit.utu.fi/80luku/studia-generalian-ohjelma/
Sam Inkinen (s. 1970) on tohtoriksi väitellyt mediatutkija, kirjailija, kolumnisti ja konsultti. Inkinen tunnetaan visionaarisena ja poleemisena ajattelijana sekä innostavana puhujana, jonka keskeinen pyrkimys on akateemisen teorian kytkeminen elävään elämään ja käytäntöön. Inkinen on toiminut 1990-luvun alusta lähtien tutkijana ja opettajana mm. Vaasan, Lapin, Oulun ja Turun yliopistoissa sekä luennoinut aktiivisesti eri eurooppalaisissa korkeakouluissa. Tutkijana, konsulttina, kuraattorina ja neuvonantajana hänen erityisosaamisensa liittyy mm. seuraaville alueille: media- ja informaatioyhteiskunta elämystalous luovuus ja innovaatiot verkostot, heimot, identiteetit uusi mediateknologia sisältötuotanto elektroninen estetiikka Sam Inkinen on toiminut konsulttina ja asiantuntijana lukuisissa media- ja teknologia-alan kehityshankkeissa perehtyen varsinkin yhteisö- ja identiteettikysymyksiin sekä monikanavaisuuteen ja hybridimedian problematiikkaan.
Tohtori Inkinen on toimittanut yksin ja kollegojensa kanssa lukuisia tieteellisiä teoksia. Näistä mainittavimpia on kansainvälisesti arvostetun Walter de Gruyter -kustantamon julkaisema antologia Mediapolis. Aspects of Texts, Hypertexts and Multimedial Communication (1999) sekä teossarjat Mediatieteen kysymyksiä (Lapin yliopisto 1998–2001) ja The Integrated Media Machine (Edita & Lapin yliopisto 1999–2005). Tulevaisuusaiheista tuotantoa edustaa Henrik Bruunin ja Fredrik Lindbergin kanssa toimitettu antologia Tulevaisuus.nyt. Riskiyhteiskunnan haasteet ja mahdollisuudet (Finn Lectura 2002), joka on ilmestynyt ruotsiksi nimellä Framtiden i nuet. Om konsten att möta det okända (Söderströms 2003). Kasvatuksen ja koulutuksen haasteisiin syvennytään mm. teoksessa Sivistyksen haaste. Kirjoituksia kulttuurista, kasvatuksesta ja teknologiasta (2003). Sam Inkisen laaja väitöskirja Teknokokemus ja Zeitgeist. Digitaalisen mediakulttuurin yhteisöjä, utopioita ja avantgarde-virtauksia (1999) keskittyy uuden mediateknologian, informaatioyhteiskunnan ja digitaalisen kulttuurin ilmiökentän tarkasteluun. Tuoreemmasta kirjallisesta tuotannosta mainitsemisen arvoisia ovat kollegojen kanssa toimitettu uutuusteos Minne matka, luova talous? (2006), Matti Itkosen ja V.A. Heikkisen kanssa toimitettu 640-sivuinen antologia Eletty tapakulttuuri. Arkea, juhlaa ja pyhää etsimässä (2004) sekä Suomen ja Viron kulttuurisuhteeseen keskittyvä Eesti ja uus Euroopa / Viro ja uusi Eurooppa (2006).


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!

IIPC Debate 23 September

IIPC Debate #85
Fri Sep 23, 12-2 pm, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
IIPC Visiting Professor Justin O’Connor (Monash University): Shanghai: Images of Modernity

Shanghai is where the word ’modern’ made landfall in China. It was the Paris of the East, with the gas and electricity, the sewers, roads and Boulevards a la Haussmann. It was the publishing capital, the film capital, the recorded music capital of China, as well as the pulsating heart of both western and Chinese capital in China. But what is this ‘modern’ represented by Shanghai? How does it sit in terms of the broader narratives and conflicts around the impact of the West on the Middle Kingdom from the Opium Wars onward? I ask this question from the perspective of post-1978, when China yet again embarked on a process of catch-up with the West, facing similar questions of how an indigenous history and culture could accommodate the forces emanating from the West and at what price. Shanghai’s role as ‘most western city’ has been deployed as a key part of the Chinese government’s response to this question. In this paper I try to understand that response in the light of Shanghai’s complex, multilayered accumulation of images of modernity.

Justin O’Connor is Professor of Communications and Cultural Economy at Monash University. He is also visiting Professor in the School of Media and Design, Shanghai Jiaotong University, where he jointly runs a Global Cultural Economy research hub. He heads the new MFJ research unit Culture Media Economy , is program leader for the Master of Cultural Economy, and a member of the Asian Cultural and Media Studies Research Cluster.

He is part of the UNESCO ‘Expert Facility’, supporting the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Diversity, a board member of Renew Australia and convenes the Global Cultural Economy Network.

Until 2012 he was Professor in the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia and visiting Chair, Department of Humanities, Shanghai Jiaotong University. From 2006-8 he was Professor of Cultural Industries at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds, and between 1995 and 2006 he was Director of Manchester Institute for Popular Culture at Manchester Metropolitan University.