Music, digitalisation and democracy (cfp)

Music, digitalisation and democracy
Study day at Åbo Akademi University, December 14, 2018
Organised by Dept of Musicology at Åbo Akademi University, the research project
“Digitaliseringens inverkan på minoritetsmusik” (DIMM) and IASPM Norden

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:
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:

For more information:
Johannes Brusila (Åbo Akademi University, DIMM):
Kim Ramstedt (Åbo Akademi University, DIMM):
Juho Kaitajärvi-Tiekso (IASPM Norden):