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: h.t.zeiner-henriksen@imv.uio.no & Áine Mangaoang: aine.mangaoang@imv.uio.no
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 http://widerscreen.fi/.
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”

Bowie Seminar

Monday, December 12, 2016

Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 10, University of Turku)

12:00 Welcome
12:15 David Bowie’s ‘Alien’ as a queer subject – Anna-Elena Pääkkölä
12:45 Goblin King in Labyrinth: Audiovisual analysis of songs by David Bowie –Sanna Qvick
13:15 David Bowie and the Fascination of Fascism – Kari Kallioniemi

13:45 – 14:00 Break

14:00 Heroism and its reflections: Bowie, Glass, Aphex Twin – John Richardson
14:45 Bowie Covers and Influence in Finland, 1973–99 – Yrjö Heinonen
15:15 – 16:00 Panel Discussion: Remembering Bowie (chair: Kimi Kärki)

16:15 The book launch of the two latest releases from IIPC/Intellect series ’Studies on Popular Culture’: Englishness, Pop and Post-War Britain and Memory, Sound, Space

Organised by the International Institute for Popular Music (IIPC, http://iipc.utu.fi/ )

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1040755536050457/

Muistettu Leonard Cohen

Seminaari lauluista, muistosta ja muistamisesta

Perjantai 16.12.2016
klo 12:00-14:30

Mediatutkimuksen harjoitusteatteri, Minerva E321

11.30 Kahvitus (ilmoittautuneille)
12.00 Avaussanat: Cohen ja kulttuurinen muisti, dosentti Maarit Leskelä-Kärki
12.15 Leonard Cohen ja laulujen lohtu, FT Silja Laine
12.45 ”En tunnusta!” Leonard Cohen ja Joni Mitchell, FT Kimi Kärki
13.15 ”Terveisin, L.C.”, toimittaja Seppo Pietikäinen
14.00 Elävää musiikkia Leonard Cohenin varhaistuotannon piiristä, Kimi Kärki

Tilaisuus päättyy klo 14.30

Järjestäjät: IIPC & SELMA -tutkimuskeskukset

Ilmoittautumiset 15.12. mennessä:
Tutkimusavustaja (SELMA) Karoliina Sjö, kamasj(at)utu.fi

EUPOP 2017



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

Deadline: Tuesday, February 28th, 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.

The closing date for this call is Tuesday 28th February, 2017.

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 (pamelachurchgibson@gmail.com) by February 28th, 2017. Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged via e-mail.

The conference draft program will be announced in May 2016, 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 early 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): http://epcablog.wordpress.com/

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


Kind Regards,

EPCA President, Adjunct Professor Kari Kallioniemi, kakallio@utu.fi

EPCA Vice-President, Pamela Church Gibson, pamelachurchgibson@gmail.com
EPCA Secretary, IIPC Coordinator, Dr Kimi Kärki, kierka@utu.fi

EPCA Membership Secretary, Dr Graham Roberts, grahamroberts83@gmail.com

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.