Nov 30, 2012

Thank you!

Thanks to all participants, presenters, and partners of the music conference in Roskilde. This photo was shot on the last day in snowy weather.

Special thanks to
The Nordic Culture Fund
Roskilde University
Jocelyne Guilbaut, Stan Hawkins, and Simon Frith
Anna Hildur, Nordic Music Export
Johan Andersson, Volume
Jan Sneum, The National Broadcasting Corporation of Denmark
Lena Bruun and Jacob W. Madsen, The Danish Museum of Rock Music
Petter Myhr and Vigdis Sjelmo, Rockheim
Ane Carlsen

Aug 16, 2012

Roskilde Conference 2012

updated November 28, 2012

IASPM Norden 2012 Conference

University of Roskilde, Denmark, 29–30 November 2012


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
12:45 Parallel sessions 1
          a) Iceland (in the Cinema auditorium)
          b) Territory (in room 42.2.10)
          c) Schlager (in room 42.2.37)
14:15 Break
          a) Histories (Cinema auditorium)
          b) Social and Political Issues (room 42.2.10)
          c) Metal (room 42.2.37)
16:00 Coffee
16:30 Keynote II: Prof. Stan Hawkins (University of Oslo)
          "Terror, Masculinity, and Music: Implications for the Nordic Identity"
17:30 IASPM Norden General Meeting

19:30 Dinner at restaurant Bio Mio in Copenhagen's Meatpacking district

Friday 30 November 2012

9:15 Coffee
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

May 6, 2012

Roskilde Conference CFP

Call for Proposals

IASPM Norden 2012 Conference

A conference to be held at the University of Roskilde in Denmark
November 29-30, 2012

Organized jointly by
--The Nordic branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM)
--"Popular Music in the Nordic Countries in the Early 21st Century," a cross-sector project funded by the Nordic Culture Fund

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 keynote presentations will be delivered by professor Simon Frith (University of Edinburgh) on the subject "What is different about popular music in the 21st century?", professor Jocelyne Guilbault (University of California, Berkeley; title TBA) and by professor Stan Hawkins (University of Oslo) on "Terror, Masculinity, and Music: Implications for the Nordic Identity".

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, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and 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 conference language 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

Jan 8, 2012


Welcome to the blog for the project Nordic Popular Music: Music, Identity, and Social Change in the Early 21st Century

The project is about contemporary popular music culture in the Nordic countries. The goal for the project is to produce an academic book, a series of radio and television shows, and exhibit artifacts and documents digitally.

The overall project directors are Antti-Ville Kärjä and Fabian Holt.

As of January 2012, the project partners are:

The National Broadcasting Corporation of Denmark
The Danish Museum of Rock History
The Finnish Jazz & Pop Archive
The International Assiociation for the Study of Popular Music, Nordic Branch

The project is supported by the Nordic Culture Fund.

More soon,
Antti-Ville Kärjä and Fabian Holt