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.



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)


On behalf of the Nordic branch of the IASPM, we are inviting scholars dealing with the study of popular music across the Nordic region to contact us and leave their professional details with us so that we can create a public database. The main idea behind this initiative is to map out the key academic (and otherwise) Nordic institutions where popular music is actively studied at any level of higher education (from doctoral level upwards). One benefit of creating such a database is to provide all the information in one place for people interested in pursuing their education in the field of popular music studies. And the other is, more importantly, to facilitate networking and various joint projects among Nordic popular music scholars. We hope that our initiative can offer a possible way out to the increasing financial predicament in academia, especially at the national level. The IASPM Norden is, indeed, committed to the task of creating job opportunities by encouraging its members to raise funds for their joint research projects through the association itself, or simply by serving as a hub where people with similar research (and otherwise) agendas can find a way to one another.

In short, if your research deals in any capacity with the field of popular music, please do not hesitate to get back to me with the following information included (if you have just provided the information regarding applying/renewing membership you can ignore this):

1. Name:

2. Institutional affiliation:

3. Academic title:

4. Contact email address and/or website link:

5. Research interests:

6. Current research project (either the title of it, or a brief description of it in case the title is not self-explanatory enough):

Please note that we are aiming to collect all the information by March 31, 2017.

It goes without saying that we will send you a link to the created database as soon as it has been made public (hopefully until the end of April 2017).

Please send the information to the e-mail address:
iaspmnorden@gmail.com (Juho Kaitajärvi-Tiekso, secretary/treasurer, IASPM-Norden)