IIPC Debate 2 May


IIPC Debate #97

Wed May 2, 10 am, Minerva T52, E104 Virkkunen (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)

Professor Keith Negus (University of London)
Conglomerates, countries and cosmopolitans: freedom and constraint in the digital music economy

Keith Negus is Professor of Musicology at Goldsmiths, University of London. His books include Producing Pop (1992), Music Genres and Corporate Cultures (1999) and Creativity, Communication and Cultural Value (2004), with Michael Pickering. His recent research has included studies of narrative and the popular song; a project on ‘Digitisation and the Politics of Copying in Popular Music Culture’ within the UK Research Council’s CREATe programme with John Street and Adam Behr; and a study of songwriting and lyrics with Pete Astor.


IIPC Debate 12 April

IIPC Debate #96

Thu April 12, 6 pm, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)

Professor Emeritus Simon Frith (University of Edinburgh)
The Ideology of Do-It-Yourself Music Making. Towards a Historical Typology

Simon Frith is Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the British Academy.  He was one of the pioneers of popular music studies in the academy and a founder member and sometime chair of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). He is author of seminal works such Sound Effects and Performing Rights, and, as editor, has published books on music and policy, music and the visual media, world music, music copyright, and the art of record production. He also had a long career as a music journalist and rock critic and was chair of the judges of the UK’s Mercury Music Prize for 25 years.

IIPC Debate 20 March

IIPC Debate #95

Tue March 20, 2-4 pm, Artium T53 / V105 Musiikkitiede seminaarisali Hovi V105 (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)

Dr Eva Moreda Rodríguez (University of Glasgow)
Why orchestral and band musicians in exile matter: a case study from Franco’s Spain

Although music and exile under the Franco regime in Spain has grown steadily for the past three decades; little attention has been paid thus far, to exiled performers who were active primarily as members of orchestras, wind bands and popular music ensembles. This talk intends to make an initial contribution by discussing the trajectory of the Banda Madrid, or Agrupación Musical Madrid, as a case study. The Banda Madrid was founded in spring 1939 in the internment camp of Le Barcarès in the South of France by the conductor and composer Rafael Oropesa. All of its members were exiled to Mexico City, where they became a fixture of the Spanish exiled community until 1947. I will discuss how the study of the Banda Madrid and the individual stories of some of its members, can problematize and expand our current understanding of exile in Spanish music. By drawing attention to issues of class and labour that have not been properly acknowledged thus far, we can see the significant influence of how the exiled community understood and displayed a sense of national identity and of legitimacy vis-à-vis Spanish culture.

Bio: Dr Eva Moreda Rodríguez is Lecturer in Music at the University of Glasgow and author of the monographs Music and Exile in Francoist Spain(Ashgate, 2015) and Music Criticism and Music Critics in Early Francoist Spain (Oxford University Press, 2016). She has also been published in a number of chapters and journal articles focusing on the political and cultural history of Spanish music throughout the twentieth century. She is currently writing a book about the early development of recording technologies in Spain with the support of an AHRC Leadership Fellowship.

EUPOP 2018 (extended deadline & keynotes)


Charles University, Prague, July 24th – 26th, 2018

Extended deadline: April 12th 2018

Individual paper and panel contributions are welcomed for the seventh annual international conference of the European Popular Culture Association (EPCA), to be held at the Charles University, Prague (Celetná 20), July 24th – 26th, 2018.

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. A special emphasis this year will be on the idea of European Identity in all its diversity.

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 2018 will be encouraged to develop their papers for publication in a number of Intellect journals, including the EPCA’s Journal of European Popular Culture. In addition, we are hoping to produce an edited collection of essays. Journal editors will be working closely with strand convenors – 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 Kari Kallioniemi (kakallio@utu.fi) by 12.04.2018. Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged via e-mail.

The conference draft program will be announced in May 2018, along with the conference registration and accommodation details. The likely conference fee will be 100 euros (student), and 150 euros (other). The fee includes coffees, lunches, evening reception & dinner, and EPCA Membership (includes subscription to the European Journal of Popular Culture, Intellect Press).

The keynote speakers:

Professor Petr A. Bilek (Department of Czech and Comparative Literature, Charles University, Czech Republic)

Professor Emeritus Hilary Radner (Film and Media Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand)

Academy Professor Hannu Salmi (Cultural History, University of Turku, Finland)

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 2018 is organised by:

European Popular Culture Association (EPCA): https://epcablog.wordpress.com/

International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC): http://iipc.utu.fi/

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 organizer contact: Karel Šima, Karel.sima@Ff.cuni.cz (Charles University, Prague)

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 www.muhistory.com). 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.