EUPOP 2018 programme online

The 7th Conference of the European Popular Culture Association, EUPOP 2018, will take place in Charles University, Prague, 24-26 July, 2018.

The draft programme is now online at


IIPC Debate 31 May

IIPC Debate #98

Thu 31 May, 4 pm, Lecture Hall Hovi (Atrium building, Kaivokatu 12, Turku)

Associate Professor Mariana Baltar (Fluminense Federal University, Brazil)

Porn Attractions: excess and carnal resonance as expressive of dissident bodies and pleasures

This paper focuses on Latin American (Post)Porn in order to present the theoretical frames of my research project “Excess, affect and attractions at contemporary audiovisual culture”. I will argue how a popular cultural matrix based on aesthetic excess (that in Latin context can be specifically traced to Telenovelas and melodramatic imagination) is ironically presented as a tool for celebrating dissident couples and pleasures. I address examples of Latin post porn, Juntitos, by Diego Stickar and Acento Frenético (Argentina, 2010), Amoramor, by Edgar de Santo (Argentina, 2014) and Boda Negra by La Bala Rodriguez (Mexico, 2015), in order to show how elements of excess symbolizing the romantic couple coexist with the generic codes of pornography. It is precisely this coexistence that places these films within the realm of post porn politics. The films deploy specific mechanisms for displaying bodies that recuperate the regimen of attractions, which, according to Tom Gunning, characterized early cinema. The cinema of attraction is a valuable framework for thinking about pornography in that it mobilizes bodily expressions in particularly cinematic ways in order to capture/grab the attention and the body of the spectator. I argue that the concepts of affect and attraction are essential to understanding the centrality of embodiment in contemporary film and audiovisual culture, and for analyzing images that propose a sort of sensorial and affective engagement by capturing the spectators’ bodies through bodily gestures and performances. Finally, contemporary context is marked by what Brazilian Scholar Jurandir Freire defines as somatic culture, emphasizing the centrality of sensations, affects and emotions in managing modes of being and politics of subjectivity.

Mariana Baltar is Professor of Film and TV at Universidade Federal Fluminense (Rio de Janeiro) where she also did her PhD on the dialogue between documentary and melodrama in Brazilian contemporary documentaries. She directs the research group NEX – Studies in Excess at Audiovisual Narratives and, under a fellowship of CNPQ (Pq-2), she has developed a line of research on the role of excess in the contemporary culture, focalizing specifically on body genres and its politics. She is also member of the Editorial Board of Porn Studies journal (Routledge) and the author of a chapter in Latin American Melodrama. Passion, Pathos, and Entertainment (University of Illinois Press, 2009). She has presented many papers at the Porn Studies section, at MAGIS Gorizia International Film Studies Spring School, organized by Universitá Degli Studi di Udine, in Gorizia/Italy (years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016). She recently edited the book E PORNÔ, TEM PORNÔ? – A Panorama of Brazilian Porn, part of the series CINEMA / Mapping Pornographies: Histories, Geographies, Cultures, from Mimesis International Publishers.

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 ( 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):

International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC):

EPCA President, Kari Kallioniemi,
EPCA Vice-President, Pamela Church Gibson,
EPCA Secretary, Kimi Kärki,
EPCA Treasurer, Pekka Kolehmainen,
EPCA Membership Secretary, Graham Roberts,
Local organizer contact: Karel Šima, (Charles University, Prague)