iaspm-header1Welcome to the web page for IASPM Norden, the Nordic branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). The main goal of the Nordic Branch is to provide a forum for those involved in the study of Popular Music in Nordic countries, to meet and to exchange information. Special interest has been given to the history of Popular Music in the Nordic countries. IASPM Norden was founded on December 8, 1986.

The international parent organisation IASPM is established to promote inquiry, scholarship and analysis in the area of popular music. Founded in 1981, IASPM has grown into an international network of more that 700 members world-wide. On national and international levels, the organization’s activities include conferences, publications, and research projects designed to advance an understanding of popular music and the processes involved in its production and consumption. To build a large and diverse body of knowledge of popular music, IASPM is an organization which is both interprofessional and interdisciplinary. It welcomes as members anyone involved with popular music. To preserve its autonomy, the association remains independent of all commercial and governmental interests.



IASPM-Norden conference 2020

Music in the Age of Streaming – Nordic Perspectives

PITEÅ, SWEDEN, 15–17 JUNE 2020


Call for papers


The IASPM-Norden conference aims to shed light on various aspects of streaming of/in popular music within the Nordic context. The Nordic popular music scene is an active arena of ambitious artists, music producers and entrepreneurs, all striving for success at the national as well as the international level. More broadly, listening to popular music has become an evermore important part of people’s everyday life, and so have the “streams” of music flowing across many borders – geographical, ideological, socioeconomic, cultural, disciplinary, etc. In addition to the everyday distribution and listening of music through digital networks, we contend specifically that “streaming” may also be used to conceptualize musical cultures beyond the scope of Spotify or other streaming services. Indeed, even an analysis of a platform like Spotify may benefit from an approach that investigates the deeper currents and flows of its streams. With this conference we wish to engage with the many intersections of musical streams and invite papers that highlight the ways in which “streaming” characterize music and musical culture.

The conference welcomes investigations across a wide range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, musicology, ethnomusicology, sociology, anthropology, diaspora and transnational studies, gender and queer studies, cultural, media and communication studies. We invite submissions on, but not limited to, the following themes:

– Streaming as mode of distribution: Streaming services, the music industry, and the political economy of streaming.

– Streaming as a cultural technique of power: Data mining, gendered streaming, racialized streaming, platform politics, marketing.

– Streaming as a mode of listening: Everyday streaming and mobile music.

– Stream/ström/strøm (Scandinavian for electricity): Electronic music and digital music; political ecology of streaming and the environmental aspects of electric power generation that enables streaming.

– Streams as movements: Genres, styles, histories, and aesthetic/political/cultural movements.

– Geographic streams: From waterways to demographic movements; music, space/place, environment, climate, migration and diaspora.

– Stream = the current: The contemporary in popular music/contemporary popular music.


The conference committee welcomes individual papers and proposals for panels and roundtable discussions.

Please use one of the following formats when submitting an abstract proposal:

– For individual 20-minute contributions: Abstracts of up to 300 words.

– For themed paper sessions or panel discussions: Up to 300 words per contribution plus 300 words outlining the rationale for the session.

– For sessions of up to 120 minutes in innovative formats such as work presentations, artist talks/readings, sound essays, composition workshops, and other presentations not covered by the usual format of academic papers: Up to 750 words outlining the form, content and rationale for the session.

– Please include a list of key terms, a biographical by-line of no more than 50 words, and specification of any AV-technology and/or other equipment needed.


Important dates:

  • Deadline for abstract submission, with a clear specification of the format, is 30 November. The abstract proposal should be sent to ltu.2020@gmail.com .
  • Last date for the registration is 20 April 2020.


Welcome to Piteå in June 2020!


Hans T. Zeiner-Henriksen, IASPM-Norden chair

Cecilia Ferm Almqvist, Professor in music education (Piteå School of Music at Luleå University of Technology)


Conference is jointly organised by the Nordic branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-Norden) and the research project Evolving Bildung in the nexus of streaming services, art and users – Spotify as a case at Luleå University of Technology (LTU).


The conference is partly funded by Marcus & Amalia Wallenberg foundation.


More information: iaspmnorden@gmail.com .

Call for Papers:
“New Perspectives in Popular Music Research”
Alumni Symposium: University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway, 5–6 December
An alumni two-day symposium on new perspectives in popular music will be
held by the Department of Popular Music, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of
Agder. This marks the tenth anniversary of our PhD programme in popular
music performance, and provides an opportunity to showcase work by former
graduates, current PhD candidates, and scholars associated with music research
within the broad field of popular music studies. A keynote address by professor
Keith Negus will frame and contextualize the event. It is also envisaged that
contributors will have the opportunity to have their papers published through a
channel supported by the department.
Proposals for 20-minute presentations consisting of 200 words and a brief
biographical note (stating your qualifications and institutional affiliations)
should be received by 3 June 2019 and addressed to: michael.rauhut@uia.no
Organizing committee:
Prof. Tor Dybo
Prof. Stan Hawkins
Dr. Daniel Nordgård
Prof. Michael Rauhut
Practical information:
The symposium is free of charge and refreshments will be included.
The venue is University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway:
The University has special rates with various hotels in Kristiansand.

Organised by Dept of Musicology at Åbo Akademi University, the research project “Digitaliseringens inverkan på minoritetsmusik” (DIMM) and IASPM Norden.

The symposium will be arranged at the Arken center for humanities of Åbo Akademi University (Tehtaankatu 2, 20500 Turku). Registration is in the main entrance hall (building A). The paper presentations will be in Auditorium Westermarck (building C, ground floor, room C101). Lunch is served at Café Arken (building N) and coffee in the hall in building D.

Program (draft version 27.11.2018 – updated 15:00)

Thursday 13.12.2018

9.30-10.15 Registration (Arken main entrance hall)

10.15-10.30 Opening words (Aud. Westermarck)

10.30-12.30 Session 1 (Aud. Westermarck) (chair Kim Ramstedt)

Kimi Kärki: Democratic Singularity? AI Creativity, Agency and Music

Mark Percival: The Spotify Effect – UK Music Radio Programming in an Era of Streaming

Paul Harkins: Can Music be Digitised? Samplers, Democratisation, and the Digital Age

Daniel Nordgård: Views from the Boundaries: Music Streaming, Creativity and Plurality

12.30-13.30 Lunch break (Café Arken)

13.30-14.30 Keynote 1 (Aud. Westermarck) (chair Johannes Brusila)

     Pelle Snickars: Spotify Teardown

14.30-15.00 Coffee break (D Hall)

15.00-16.30 Session 2 (Aud. Westermarck) (chair Kimi Kärki)

Ellis Jones: Are Platforms ‘Deskilling’ Musicians?

Yoon Sing Kok: Unveiling the Black Box: Allocate the Missing Revenues in Music Streaming

Jason Netherton: Recording Artistry and Entrepreneurism: The Case of Ne Obliviscaris and Patreon

16.30-17.00 Coffee break (D Hall)

17.00-18.30 Session 3 (Aud. Westermarck) (chair Juho Kaitajärvi-Tiekso)

Ons Barnat: Using a Mobile Recording Studio as a Tool for Participatory Research-Creation: Towards a More Inclusive Ethnomusicology?”

Erdem Özdemir: The Effects of Digitalization on the Aşıkness Tradition

Markus Rytinki: The duration of copyright, new revenue-generating models for the music industry, and access to digital content on the internet

20.00 Get-together (Restaurant Teini, Uudenmaankatu 1)


Friday 14.12.2018

9.00-10.30 Session 4 (Aud. Westermarck) (Chair Martin Cloonan)

Andreas Helles Pedersen: Body and Technology in Consumption Music Practices Your Top Songs 2018: An Imaginary of co-creating Music Histories

Mischa van Kan: Music in Marketing Multimedia as Democratic Negotiations of Concepts of Nation, Ethnicity and Race

Sam de Boise: Music of the ‘Men’s Rights’ Movements: The Role of Music in the Manosphere

10.30-11.00 Coffee break (D Hall)

11.00-12.30 Session 5 (Aud. Westermarck) (Chair Kaarina Kilpiö)

John Williamson: ‘Some People Have Real Problems’ – Working in Music Pre and Post Digitalization

Martin Cloonan: The International Federation of Musicians: Democratising the Music Industries?

Juho Kaitajärvi-Tiekso: Streams of Conscience: Transparency and ‘Fair’ Distribution of Income in the Recording Industries

12:30-14.00 Lunch break (Café Arken)

13.15-13.45 IASPM Norden Meeting (Aud. Westermarck)

14.00-15.00 Keynote 2 (Aud. Westermarck) (Chair Hans T. Zeiner-Henriksen)

Ann Werner: STREAM ME: Gendering and music streaming

15.00-15.30 Coffee break (D Hall)

15.30-16.30 Session 6 (Aud. Westermarck) (Chair Jelena Gligorijevic)

Johannes Brusila, Kaarina Kilpiö, Kim Ramstedt and Inka-Maria Pulkkinen: The Impact of Digitalization on Minority Music: The Swedish-Speaking Minority of Finland as Case Study

16.30 Concluding words


Download the schedule here (docx):

IASPMNordenSymp2018ScheduleJB181127 (II)

For more information:
Johannes Brusila (Åbo Akademi University, DIMM): jbrusila@abo.fi
Kim Ramstedt (Åbo Akademi University, DIMM): kim.ramstedt@gmail.com
Juho Kaitajärvi-Tiekso (IASPM Norden): juho.kaitajarvi@gmail.com
Jelena Gligorijevic (IASPM Norden): jelena.gligorijevic@utu.fi

Because of the amount of quality proposals, Music, digitalisation and democracy study day will be held as a two-day conference at Åbo Akademi University, Dec 13-14, 2018.

More information published online soon.

For more information:
Johannes Brusila (Åbo Akademi University, DIMM): jbrusila@abo.fi
Kim Ramstedt (Åbo Akademi University, DIMM): kim.ramstedt@gmail.com
Juho Kaitajärvi-Tiekso (IASPM Norden): juho.kaitajarvi@gmail.com

Call for Papers

On Friday, December 14, 2018, the Department of Musicology at Åbo Akademi University and the research project “Digitaliseringens inverkan på minoritetsmusik” (DIMM – “The Impact of Digitalisation on Minority Music”) will host a study day at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland.

The theme of the day is music, digitalisation and democracy. We invite papers that deal with the connections between digitalization and music, and issues surrounding the envisaged democratising potential of digital technology.

Papers on other subjects that engage researchers of IASPM Norden are also welcome.

An introductory keynote presentation on the impact of digitalisation on music media will be given by Pelle Snickars, Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Umeå University. Snickars is director of the research project “Streaming Cultural Heritage: File Pursuit in Digital Music Distribution”. He has published several articles and co-authored books on digitalisation, music industry and media, e.g. Den svenska enhörningen: Storyn om Spotify [The Swedish Unicorn: The Spotify Story], Efter The Pirate Bay [After Pirate Bay] and The iPhone and My Media.

We invite proposals in the form of a short abstract of max. 200 words. Please send proposals as a doc/docx/pdf attachment to Juho Kaitajärvi-Tiekso: juho.kaitajarvi@gmail.com

Deadline for proposal submissions is September 14, 2018. Successful participants will be notified by October 1, 2018.

Paper presentations last 20 minutes, followed by discussion (10 minutes). The study day is provisionally planned to run from 9 am to 5 pm. There will be an optional social gathering in the evening for those who are staying in Turku overnight.

There will be no registration fee. Participants are responsible for their travel, accommodation and food arrangements and expenses.

Please note that all participants must be members of the Nordic branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM Norden). For details on how to become a member, please see: https://iaspmnorden.wordpress.com/how-to-join/

For more information:

Johannes Brusila (Åbo Akademi University, DIMM): jbrusila@abo.fi

Kim Ramstedt (Åbo Akademi University, DIMM): kim.ramstedt@gmail.com

Juho Kaitajärvi-Tiekso (IASPM Norden): juho.kaitajarvi@gmail.com

We are pleased to invite you to attend the international seminar „Popular music – research and resources in the Nordic-Baltic region” on 26-27 April in Tallinn, organized by the Estonian Music Library Association together with the Finnish Music Library Association, the Nordic branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music and the Tallinn University. Please find the program and information about the venues attached. There may be changes in this program. If necessary, we will send an updated program.

Venues and registration forms

The first day takes place at the Tallinn University (Narva mnt 29, Silva building, room S-236) and the second day at the Maarjamäe Palace (Pirita tee 56), Fireplace hall. If you would like to have a hot meal at lunch time on 27 April, please indicate this in the registration form. The fee for lunch will be charged on the spot in cash. (Please note that there are no other restaurants near Maarjamäe Palace – the cafeteria of the Film Museum only serves light dishes.)

Please mark that the two days of the seminar have separate registration forms. When you plan to participate on both days, please fill out both of the forms.

Registration form of 26 April (deadline 11 April https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQOBCFR65ip90fyGB7TUjKy8FbgAsev4xt8M9yCYD5sHnq0g/viewform?usp=sf_link

Registration form of 27 April (deadline 18 April) https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeeioCbCvmutwhblxvJk_E2ZN2cTDiZhPnsUt70eT8mdckETw/viewform

NB! The first day registration form is structured according to the requirements of the funding project. It doesn’t mean that the event is organized only by the university, and in the “University, faculty” box, you can enter the name of your library or other institution.


Information about the venues


More information:

Kaie Viigipuu-Kreintaal (IAML Estonia), kaie.viigipuu@tln.lib.ee
Juho Kaitajärvi-Tiekso (IASPM Norden), juho.kaitajarvi@gmail.com (IASPM Norden related questions)