News

Book Launch at IIPC
New books will be launched on 30 November 2011, 4-6 pm at Janus Auditorium (Kaivokatu 12). These works are John Richardson's An Eye for Music: Popular Music and The Audiovisual Surreal (Oxford UP 2011) and Susanna Paasonen's Carnal Resonance: Affect and Online Pornography (MIT Press 2011). To read more click here. Welcome!

*

Popular Music, Film and National Identity
IIPC Debates continues on Thursday 25 August 2011 at 4-6 pm. Professor Bruce Johnson (University of Turku/Macquarie University) gives a lecture Popular Music, Film and National Identity in Janus Auditorium (Kaivokatu 12, 1st floor, Turku). Welcome!

*

Book Launch Symposium on 1 March 2011
IIPC organises an afternoon symposium on Peter Gabriel and Kraftwerk on 1 March 2011 at 4-6 pm in Janus Auditorium (University of Turku Kaivokatu 12, 1st floor, Turku). The symposium celebrates the launching of four recent books on popular culture. Further details in http://iipc.utu.fi/events.html.

*

New Publication: Imaginary Japan
The third volume of IIPC Publications Series is now online. The book Imaginary Japan: Japanese Fantasy in Contemporary Popular Culture has been edited by Eija Niskanen from the University of Helsinki. IIPC Publication Series is a refereed online series for monographs, edited collections and conference proceedings. The series is open for all scholars of popular culture.

*

Structures of Feeling, Imagined Citizenships (7 December 2010)
The tenth IIPC Debate will be presented by Docent Anu Koivunen from the University of Stockholm. Her title is Structures of Feeling, Imagined Citizenships: Politics of Affect in Finnish Television Theatre. Janus Auditorium, Kaivokatu 12, 1st floor, Turku. Warmly welcome!

*

Music, Law and Business (24-26 November 2010)
The IASPM-Norden 2010 Conference Music, Law and Business takes place in Helsinki/Espoo on 24-26 November 2010. The conference is organized by the Nordic Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music with the Bogfires Research Project (Best Practices of Globalization in Finnish Rock Exports, Academy of Finland/Aalto University), Doctoral Programme of Music (Sibelius Academy) and International Institute of Popular Culture (IIPC), in co-operation with the Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology, IPR University Center, Music Export Finland and Statistics Finland.

*

Bollywood and Lagaan (2 November 2010)
The guest of our November debate is professor Joel Kuortti from the University of Turku. He has a talk on 2 November 2010, 4-6 pm under the title Bollywood, 'Post-colonial Cricket', and a Critique of Colonial Administration: Lagaan. Janus Auditorium, Kaivokatu 12, 1st floor, Turku. Welcome!

*

Television Heritage and the Politics of Memory (5 October 2010)
The next IIPC Debate is held by Dr Mari Pajala (University of Turku) under the title Television Heritage and the Politics of Memory: Uses of the Past in the Contemporary Finnish Television Culture on 5 October 2010 at 4-6 pm. Place: Janus Auditorium, Kaivokatu 12, 1st floor, Turku. Everybody is warmly welcome!

*

Japanese Device Art (14 September 2010)
We have the special honour to annoucne the seventh IIPC Debate which is held by Professor Machiko Kusahara. Machiko is a scholar in media art and theory who has published and curated in interdisciplinary field connecting art, science, technology, culture, and history. Her title in Turku is Japanese Device Art: Connecting Art, Design, Technology, and Media Culture. Welcome! Place: Janus Auditorium, Kaivokatu 12, 1st floor, Turku.

*

Humour, Gender, Popular Culture (7 September 2010)
We are happy to announce the sixth IIPC Debate on 7 September at Janus Auditorium (Kaivokatu 12, 1st floor, Turku). Our guest is a historian of early modern popular culture, Docent Anu Korhonen (University of Helsinki) whose title is Huumori, sukupuoli, populaarikulttuuri: kaskut ja kaskukirjat varhaismodernissa Englannissa. The presentation is held in Finnish. Everybody is warmly welcome!

*

IIPC is in Facebook (18 August 2010)

*

Fandom in the field of organisation studies (4 May 2010)
The fifth IIPC Debate takes place on 4 May 2010 at 4 pm. It is presented by Professor Saara Taalas (Turku School of Economics) under the title Fandom in the field of organisation studies. Welcome! Place: Sirkkala lecture hall, Kaivokatu 12, 1st floor.

*

Runeberg, Cooper and Ford (6 April 2010)
We are pleased to announce the fourth IIPC debate on Tuesday 6 April 2010 at 4 pm by docent Sven-Erik Klinkmann (Åbo Akademi University) whose title is Runeberg, Cooper and Ford: the panorama in popular discourse. Place: Sirkkala lecture hall, Kaivokatu 12, 1st floor.

*

New Publication: Sounds of the Overground
The second volume of IIPC Publications Series is now online. The book Sounds of the Overground has been edited by Nedim Hassan and Holly Tessler from the University of Liverpool. IIPC Publication Series is a refereed online series for monographs, edited collections and conference proceedings. The series is open for all scholars of popular culture.

*

Back to the Garden? (2 March 2010)
We are pleased to announce the third IIPC debate on Tuesday 2 March 2010 at 4 pm by professor John Richardson (University of Helsinki). His title is Back to the Garden? Performing the Disaffected Acoustic Imaginary in the Digital Age. The debate takes place in the Litzen seminar room (E117, Sirkkala main building, University of Turku, Kaivokatu 12, 1st floor). All interested are warmly welcome!

*

The second IIPC Debate online
The second IIPC Debate by Dr Kate Maxwell (University of Glasgow) is now online:
Kate Maxwell: Popular Culture in History: A Look at the Middle Ages, IIPC Debate 2, 9 February 2010

*

New logo by Shannon Johnson
The new logo of IIPC, designed by the Australian artist Shannon Johnson, was published at the first IIPC Debate on 12 January 2010. The logo opens the front page of our website at http://iipc.utu.fi. Thank you, Shannon!

*

What does 'Popular' mean?
The inaugural IIPC Debate by Bruce Johnson can now be read online. Please click here: What does 'Popular' mean?

*

Ray Browne passed away in October 2009
Our advisory board member Ray Browne (1922-2009) died on 22 October at his home in Bowling Green, Ohio. He was a true pioneer of popular culture studies and supported strongly the establishment of IIPC. In honour of Ray Browne we quote his email in July 2005: "As you know the value of the study of popular culture is growing in coverage and momentum. Popular culture is the driving force of everyday life and therefore of cultures in general. It is especially important that we recognize the dynamics of everyday culture now that it is manifesting itself in so many ways around the world in general. With the West meeting the East and becoming one powerful manifestation of human life it is imperative that the study of the various cultures be comparative and inclusive not nationalized and exclusive." See Ray Browne's obituary in Washington Post, 28 October 2009.