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The previous Music, Research and Activism Conference was held on 10-12 May 2023 at the University of Helsinki.

You can access the materials of the 2023 conference through this subpage.
Music, Research, and Activism 2023

The conference Music, Research, and Activism brings together researchers and practitioners engaged in activism and knowledge production around music. The aim is to explore the wide spectrum of music research that is committed to social and environmental justice, anti-oppression, and social change, and to discuss opportunities for combining academic work with activism. The conference will welcome presentations about activism in music and music research as an activist practice, for a plurivocal discussion about the challenges of music scholarship in the age of social and ecological crises.

Please, remember the following important dates (Note: UTC+2 hours):

  • Abstract submission deadline: October 15, 2022
  • Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: December 16, 2022
  • Final programme published: February 28, 2023
  • Registration for all participants by 19 April, 2023
  • Conference Dates: May 10–12, 2023, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • A publication based on the conference papers is planned to be published afterwards.
2023 Conference Organization

The 2023 conference was organised by the Discipline of Musicology at the University of Helsinki, the Suoni Research Association and the research project Music researchers in society: Advancing social justice through activist music research (project 2020–2025, Kone Foundation), in collaboration with the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. Contact details: Abbreviation: MusAct2023.

Organizing and scholarly committee:

  • Sini Mononen (co-chair), PhD, University of Helsinki
  • Susanna Välimäki (co-chair), Associate Professor, Head of Musicology, University of Helsinki, Co-director of Music researchers in society project
  • Samuli Korkalainen (conference secretary), DMus, History Forum / University of the Arts Helsinki
  • Kaj Ahlsved, PhD, Åbo Akademi University
  • Nina Öhman, Core Fellow at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
  • Kim Ramstedt, PhD, University of Helsinki, Chair of Research Association Suoni
  • Saijaleena Rantanen, Title of Docent (habilitation), University Lecturer, Head of the MuTri Doctoral School, Sibelius Academy / University of the Arts Helsinki
  • Juha Torvinen, Title of Docent (habilitation), University Lecturer, University of Helsinki, Director of Music researchers in society project