conference 2012


29–30 NOVEMBER 2012

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Thursday 29 November 2012
Building 41, the auditorium “Cinema”

10:45 Welcome (Antti-Ville Kärjä and Fabian Holt)

11:00 Keynote I: Prof. Jocelyne Guilbault (University of California, Berkeley)

          “Locating Location in Popular Music Studies”12:00 Lunch

13:00 Parallel sessions 1

          a) Iceland (in the Cinema auditorium)
          b) Territory (in room 42.2.10)
          c) Schlager (in room 42.2.37)
          a) Histories (Cinema auditorium)
          b) Social and Political Issues (room 42.2.10)
          c) Metal (room 42.2.37)

16:30 Coffee

17:00 Keynote II: Prof. Stan Hawkins (University of Oslo)

          “Terror, Masculinity, and Music: Implications for the Nordic Identity”
18:00 IASPM Norden General Meeting

19:30 Dinner at restaurant Mother in Copenhagen’s Meatpacking district

Friday 30 November 2012

9:30 Parallel sessions 4

          a) Indigeneity and Cosmopolitanism (in the cinema auditorium)
          b) Business and Institutions (room 42.2.10)
          c) Rap (room 42.2.37)
          a) Caribbean Sounds
          b) Nordic Identity
          c) Mediations
16:00 Coffee

16:30 Keynote III: Prof. Simon Frith (University of Edinburgh)
“What is Different about Popular Music in the 21st Century?”

17:30 Closing




Call for Presentations

We are happy to invite proposals for entire sessions as well as for individual presentations for the 2012 IASPM-Norden conference. We welcome all topics related to the study of popular music, yet a specific emphasis in the conference is given to the politics of location of popular music in the Nordic countries.

The conference will be organised in collaboration with the cross-sector project Nordic Popular Music: Music, Identity, and Social Change in the Early 21st Century, funded by the Nordic Culture Fund. A keynote address will be delivered by professor Simon Frith (University of Edinburgh) on ”What is different about popular music in the 21st century?”

Music is intimately tied together with conceptualisations of geographical locations and by extension identities. Differences may be thought of as existing between continents (eg. African, Latin, Western), regions (eg. Middle-Eastern, Balkan, Caribbean, Siberian) and especially nations (eg. all the world). Transnational populations and movements further complicate the issue: questions about Sámi or Kurd music imply their own politics of location, as do the ways in which regional, national or local identities are constructed musically in diasporic communities. To this quagmire one can add also the impact and significance of global mediated representations of given musical locales, regions and civilisations.

Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden – constitute their own region that is officially maintained through various treaties and organisations. In terms of international politics, the region has been characterised as a buffer zone between the East and the West. Societally, the region has been unified by welfare policies, and culturally the Arctic proximity has yielded speculations of a distinct Nordic mentality and forms of communication. These extend also to music.

Thus, we welcome proposals for example but by no means exclusively on the following topics:
* popular music in the construction of national identity in the Nordic countries
* reception and conceptualisation of Nordic popular musics outside the region
* the transnational flows of popular music in the Nordic region
* indigenous popular music in the Nordic region
* mainstreams of Nordic popular music
* popular music and the linguistic diversity in the Nordic region

The official language of the conference is English.

The proposal should include the following:
Title(s), name(s) and affiliation(s).
Title of the presentation/session.
Abstract of the presentation/session (max 300 words) and five keywords.

Please deliver the proposals as electronic mail attachments in rtf/doc/pdf format to no later than 1 June 2012. Please label your attachment as (eg. holt.doc).

Please direct all inquiries to

Welcome to Roskilde in November 2012!

Fabian Holt, Associate Professor, Roskilde University

Antti-Ville Kärjä, IASPM-Norden Chair (antti-ville.karja[at]


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