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IIPC Debates

We are pleased to announce the establishment of a monthly series of seminars in which IIPC presents current research in a range of popular cultures. Anyone who has an interest in the field is warmly invited to attend and participate. Each seminar will consist of an opening presentation, followed by open debate from the floor.

The presenters as well as audiences will represent a range of research fields, so that the debates will be fruitful exchange across disciplines. The sessions will be conducted in both English and Finnish, depending on the presenter. They will normally take place in the Sirkkala lecture hall (University of Turku, Kaivokatu 12, 1st floor) on the first Tuesday of each month, from 16.00 to 18.00.

The inaugural IIPC Debate was presented on 12 January 2010 by Professor Bruce Johnson, of the Department of Cultural History, University of Turku; the Department of Music, Media and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University Australia; and the Department of Music, University of Glasgow, UK. With Professor Hannu Salmi, Professor Johnson was a co-founder of IIPC.

The inaugural presentation is now online at
Bruce Johnson: What does 'Popular' mean?, IIPC Debate 1, 20 January 2010

You can read (or listen) other IIPC Debates below by clicking the title.

Forthcoming IIPC Debates:

12 April 2012, 4 pm. - Professor Martin Cloonan (University of Glasgow): Researching Live Music in the UK: Some findings. IIPC Debate 31. Place: Seminar room Hovi, Musicology, Kaivokatu 12, Turku.

26 April 2012, 4 pm. - Professor Amy Herzog (New York City University): The Pornographic Arcades Project: Adaptation, Automation, and the Evolution of Times Square (1965-1975). IIPC Debate 32. Place: Pharmacity 1, Itäinen pitkäkatu 4, Turku.

Past IIPC Debates:

20 March 2012, 12 pm. - Dr Benita Heiskanen (Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku): Between Urban Margins and Centers: The Spatial Practice of Boxing. IIPC Debate 30. Place: Janus Auditorium, Kaivokatu 12, 1st floor, Turku.

7 December 2011, 2-4 pm. - Professor Derek B. Scott (University of Leeds): Britpop and the Sound of Englishness. IIPC Debate 29. Abstract

30 November 2011, 4-6 pm. - Book Launch Seminar / IIPC Debate 28, Janus Auditorium, Kaivokatu 12, 1st floor
John Richardson (Professor of Musicology, University of Turku): An Eye for Music: Popular Music and The Audiovisual Surreal
Susanna Paasonen (Professor of Media Studies, University of Turku): Carnal Resonance: Affect and Online Pornography
Further details, click here.

15 November 2011, 4-6 pm. - Jukka Haarma (Finnish Broadcasting Company): Rockin ikuiset arvot? Mistä rockin arvot tulevat ja mihin ne ovat menossa?. IIPC Debate 27.

1 November 2011, 4-6 pm. - Professor Peter Clark (University of Helsinki): Issues of Cultural Diffusion in Europe in the long 18th century. IIPC Debate 26. Organized together with TUCEMEMS, Turku Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies

21 October 2011, 12-2 pm. - Professor Mieke Bal (University of Amsterdam): From After-Images to Inter-Images: Madness as the Last Frontier. IIPC Debate 25.

18 October 2011, 4-6 pm. - Dr Katalin Miklossy (University of Helsinki): Competing for popularity: Song Contests and Interactive Television in State Socialism. IIPC Debate 24.

25 August 2011, 4-6 pm. - Professor Bruce Johnson (University of Turku/Macquarie University): Popular Music, Film and National Identity . IIPC Debate 22.

27 May 2011, 12-2 pm. - Professor Kendall R. Phillips (College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University): Desolate Frontiers: John Carpenter and the American Horror Film. IIPC Debate 21.

12 May 2011, 12.30-2 pm. - Professor Stan Hawkins (University of Oslo): Spoof and Hyperembodiment in Pop Videos. IIPC Debate 20.

10 May 2011, 12-2 pm. - Dr Eva Kingsepp (University of Stockholm): Mythical memory and cryptohistory: the blending of facts and fantasy in representations of Nazi Germany and WWII. IIPC Debate 19. Read the lecture slides.

7 April 2011, 2-4 pm. - Professor Bjørn Sørenssen (Norwegian Univ. of Science & Technology): The Skating Kings: The Rise and Fall of Norwegian Speedskating as a National Pastime. IIPC Debate 18.

25 March 2011, 12-2 pm. - "The Biggest Cult-Band of All-Time": The Smiths Reconsidered. Presentations by Kari Kallioniemi and Antti Nylén (in Finnish). IIPC Debate 17.

15 March 2011, 4-6 pm. - Docent Anu-Hanna Anttila (University of Turku): Joutenolo ja ei minkään tekeminen ajankäyttöaineistoissa. IIPC Debate 16. Read the abstract (in Finnish).

1 March 2011, 4-6 pm. - Seminar on Peter Gabriel and Kraftwerk (in Finnish). IIPC Debate 15.

14 February 2011, 2-4 pm. - Erkka Railo (University of Turku): Naisten politiikkaa? - naistenlehtien neuvottelu yhteiskunnallisesta vallasta. IIPC Debate 14.

3 February 2011, 1-3 pm. - Professor William Uricchio (University of Utrecht/MIT): From identity complex to complex identity: reflections on television's shifting medial character. IIPC Debate 13 (mp3).

25 January 2011, 10-12 am. - Imagining Europe in Graphic Novels: Valerian and Corto Maltese. Presentations by Marko Lehti (University of Tampere) & Kimi Kärki (University of Turku). IIPC Debate 12. The seminar was organized together with Euro Visions seminar series.

17 January 2011, 2-4 pm. - Dr Taru Leppänen (University of Turku): Sukupuoli, seksuaalisuus ja lastenmusiikki (Gender, Sexuality and Children's Music). IIPC Debate 11.

7 December 2010, 4-6 pm.. - Docent Anu Koivunen (University of Stockholm): Structures of Feeling, Imagined Citizenships: Politics of Affect in Finnish Television Theatre, IIPC Debate 10.

2 November 2010, 4-6 pm.. - Professor Joel Kuortti (University of Turku): Bollywood, 'Post-colonial Cricket', and a Critique of Colonial Administration: Lagaan, IIPC Debate 9 (mp 3).

5 October 2010, 4-6 pm. - Dr Mari Pajala (University of Turku): Television Heritage and the Politics of Memory: Uses of the Past in the Contemporary Finnish Television Culture, IIPC Debate 8 (mp3, in Finnish).

14 September 2010, 4-6 pm. - Professor Machiko Kusahara (Waseda University): Japanese Device Art: Connecting Art, Design, Technology, and Media Culture, IIPC Debate 7.

7 September 2010, 4-6 pm. - Docent Anu Korhonen (University of Helsinki): Huumori, sukupuoli, populaarikulttuuri: kaskut ja kaskukirjat varhaismodernissa Englannissa (in Finnish), IIPC Debate 6.

4 May 2010, 4-6 pm. - Professor Saara Taalas (Turku School of Economics): Fandom in the field of organisation studies, IIPC Debate 5 (mp3).

6 April 2010, 4-6 pm. - Docent Sven-Erik Klinkmann (Åbo Akademi University): Runeberg, Cooper and Ford: the panorama in popular discourse, IIPC Debate 4.

2 March 2010, 4-6 pm. - Professor John Richardson (University of Helsinki): Back to the Garden? Performing the Disaffected Acoustic Imaginary in the Digital Age, IIPC Debate 3.

9 February 2010, 4-6 pm.. - Dr Kate Maxwell (University of Glasgow): Popular Culture in History: A Look at the Middle Ages, IIPC Debate 2.

12 January 2010, 4-6 pm.. - Professor Bruce Johnson (University of Turku): What does 'Popular' mean?, IIPC Debate 1.