EUPOP 2017 deadline & keynotes

Today is the final deadline for the EUPOP 2017. If you still want in, write immediately to
Full cfp:
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.



CFP: Affective Politics of Social Media Symposium

CFP: Affective Politics of Social Media Symposium
University of Turku, Finland, October 12-13 2017
Confirmed keynote speakers: Crystal Abidin (Jönköping University / Curtin University), Kath Albury (Swinburne University of Technology), Nancy Baym (Microsoft Research New England) and Ben Light (University of Salford)
From clickbaits to fake news, heated Facebook exchanges, viral Twitter messages and Tinder swipes, the landscape of social media is rife with affective intensities of varying speeds and lengths. Affect, as the capacity to relate, impress and be impressed, creates dynamic connections between human and nonhuman bodies. Zooming in on these connections, their intensities, rhythms, and trajectories in the context of networked communications, Affective Politics of Social Media asks how affect circulates, generates value, fuels political action, feeds conflict and reconfigures the categories of gender, sexuality and race through and across social media platforms.
Multiple analytical avenues have already been laid out for doing this, from Jodi Dean’s examination of affect and drive to Tarleton Gillespie’s analysis of the politics of platforms, Adi Kuntsman’s examination of “webs of hate” and Zizi Papacharissi’s discussion of affective publics as contagious articulations of feeling that bring forth more or less temporary sense of community and connection. Building on a growing body of work on “networked affect”, this two-day symposium features keynotes exploring the affective labour of social media influencers, the automation and quantification of the intimate, the netiquette of hook-up apps and the dynamics of music stardom and fandom, and invites contributions connected to affect and social media in relation to
• collective action and political activism

• sexual cultures and practices

• harassment, hate and resistance

• affective rhythms, intensities and investments

• popular culture and everyday life
In order to facilitate participation, the symposium has no registration fee but pre-registrations are required. To propose a paper, please send a 300-word abstract and short bio (max. 100 words) to by June 9, 2017. Registrations will be made available in August 2017.
Organized by Department of Media Studies, IIPC, the International Institute for Popular Culture & DIGIN, Research Network on Digital Interaction at University of Turku and the Department of Gender Studies at Åbo Akademi University
Conference website:
Organizing group: Susanna Paasonen, Kaisu Hynnä, Katariina Kyrölä, Mari Lehto, Mari Pajala & Valo Vähäpassi

EUPOP 2017, deadline May 15


University of the Arts London, July 25th – 27nd, 2017

Deadline: May 15th 2017 

Individual paper and panel contributions are welcomed for the sixth annual international conference of the European Popular Culture Association (EPCA), to be held at the University of the Arts London (272 High Holborn), July 25th – 27nd, 2017.

EUPOP 2017 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, Celebrity, The Body, Fashion, New Media, Popular Literature and Graphic Novels, Queer Studies, Sport, Curation, and Digital Culture. One particular strand will be devoted to fascism and popular culture.

There will be opportunities for networking and publishing within the EPCA. Presenters at EUPOP 2017 will be encouraged to develop their papers for publication in a number of Intellect journals, including the EPCA’s Journal of European Popular Culture. Journal editors will be working closely with strand convenors – a full list of Intellect journals is available at:

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.

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 Pamela Church Gibson ( by 15/05/2017. Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged via e-mail.

The conference draft program will be announced in May 2017, along with the conference registration and accommodation details. The likely conference fee will be 200 euros (student), and 250 euros (other). The fee includes coffees, lunches, evening reception & dinner, and EPCA Membership (includes subscription to the European Journal of Popular Culture, Intellect Press).

Keynote speakers will be announced in May 2017.

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 2017 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, IIPC Coordinator, Kimi Kärki,

EPCA Membership Secretary, Graham Roberts,

IIPC Debate 28 March


IIPC Debate #89
Tue March 28, 4-6 pm, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Dr Rami Mähkä (University of Turku): “A Killer Joke: Nazism and World War Two in Monty Python’s Comedy”
The paper discusses World War Two in Monty Python’s comedy, with the focus on the British experience. The Pythons were born during or immediately after World War Two, and their generation were more or less forced to live in a country that often seemed locked into reminiscing about the war. The 1960s saw the younger generations becoming increasingly bored with the subject, and many comedy works express this frustration in many ways. In most cases, the war was “trivialised”, to the point that it appears as a “killer joke”, as in an early Flying Circus sketch. However, a clear distinction was made regarding the enemy, especially Nazi Germany, which was comedically handled, too. The treatment of Nazism in Monty Python’s comedy can be divided into three categories: parody and satire on Nazi Germany and Nazism; references to the British fascism and ultra nationalism; using Nazism as a reference point or allegory as a satirical attack (using “the Nazi Card”). In order to understand these themes in Monty Python’s works, the paper highlights how comedy functions: on the one hand, it refers above all to itself – comedy – but on the other, because of its self-referential nature, comedy can address matters in an unusually direct manner.

Rami Mähkä is a cultural historian who studied Monty Python’s historical comedy in his PhD thesis (Something Completely Historical: Monty Python, History and Comedy, Cultural History, University of Turku, 2016). His main research interests are history culture and popular culture, especially film and television and British popular culture of the 1960s to 1980s.

Popular Music in the Nordic Countries

Popular Music in the Nordic Countries

Study Day at the University of Oslo, September 14, 2017 Call for Papers

On Thursday September 14th, 2017 this year, the Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo will host a study day for IASPM Norden members. The theme of the day is the study of popular music in the Nordic countries. Professor Stan Hawkins will introduce the event, which is co-hosted by our department’s Nordic Sounds: Critical Music Research Group.


We invite proposals in the form of a short abstract/description of what you are studying within popular music research (max. 100 words).

Participants will be selected on the following criterion:

Topic that fits with the theme of popular music within the Nordic countries (e.g. if you study a specific Nordic band, artist, composer, producer, subgroup, festival, etc.)

Quality of the abstract / research questions / methodologies

IASPM Norden-member

Please send proposals as electronic mail attachment in doc/docx/pdf format to organisers

Hans T. Zeiner-Henriksen: & Áine Mangaoang:
as soon as possible, no later than March 15, 2017.

If accepted, you will be invited to deliver a presentation (ca. 10-15 min.) followed by feedback and discussion (ca. 15-20 min.) with the other participants. Successful participants will be notified by March 31, 2017.

Provisional Schedule

The study day is provisionally planned to run from 10:00 until 17:30. The schedule is set up so that it is possible to arrive in the morning and leave in the evening. There will be an optional social gathering in the evening for those who are staying in Oslo for the night.


There will be no registration fee and we will offer complementary lunch and refreshments during the event. Travel expenses and accommodation is to be organised by individuals through their own institution.

WiderScreen 3-4/2016: Film Music and Cinematic Soundscapes

WiderScreen 3–4/2016 ”Elokuvamusiikki ja elokuvien äänimaisema – Film Music and Cinematic Soundscapes” is now published on
The issue was born out of the need to observe the multifaceted interactions of film, soundscapes, and music in a multidisciplinary fashion. The articles and overviews of the theme issue represent digital culture, musicology, and film studies.

WiderScreen is a peer-reviewed academic journal dealing with multimedial, digital, and audiovisual media culture. The editorial staff consists especially of people from the fields of film and media studies, history, visual culture, communications, and digital culture. The journal is coordinated by the discipline of digital culture, University of Turku.

Editorial (Kimi Kärki [Editor], Petri Saarikoski [Editor in Chief])

Laura Jordán González (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) and Nicolas Lema Habash (Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, France): “Dismembering Body and Voice: Raúl Ruiz’s Mammame and the Critique of Cinematic Dualism”.
Markus Mantere (Sibelius Academy): ”Musiikki kasvun, muistamisen ja tuhoavan läsnäolon merkkinä. J.S. Bachin Goldberg-variaatioiden merkitys Hannibal Lecterin fiktiivisen hahmon rakentumisessa”.
Laura Miranda (Universidad de Oviedo, Spain): “The Spanish Cinema Soundscape in the 1940s: Songs for a New Regime”.
Sini Mononen (University of Turku): “Raiskaava ja vainoava musiikki. Vainoaminen off-screen-raiskauksena ja akusmatisoitu vainoaja-raiskaaja elokuvassa Hirveä kosto”.
Sanna Qvick (University of Turku): “Goblin King in Labyrinth. An audio-visual close reading of the songs by David Bowie”.

Heikki Rosenholm (University of Turku): “Elokuvamusiikin narratiiviset merkitykset: tarkastelussa Rocky ja The Karate Kid -elokuvat”
Olli Lehtonen (University of Turku) and Janne Virtanen (Tampere University of Technology): “Musiikki nostalgisena ja kerronnallisena tekijänä Hotline Miami -videopelissä”
Anna Sivula (University of Turku) and Jaakko Suominen (University of Turku): “Retrovation – the Concept of a Historical Innovation”

Concert review:
Kimi Kärki: “Kultaa ja ekstaaseja: Maestro Ennio Morriconen konsertti Helsingin Hartwall-areenalla 30.11.2016”