Programme 2023

Music, Research, and Activism
May 10–12, 2023 University of Helsinki

N.B. There has been some last-minute cancellations and changes on Tuesday 9 May; these changes are updated only on this page.
Concise Version of the Programme

You can download a one-page concise version of the programme here.

Wednesday, 10 May 2023
9:00-10:00  Registration
10:00-10:15 Language Centre: Festive Hall

Opening of the Conference

Sini Mononen and Kim Ramstedt

10:15-11:15 Language Centre: Festive Hall

Keynote I (online)

Martha Gonzalez: Chican@ Artivistas: Music, Community and Transborder Tactics in East Los Angeles

chair: Sini Mononen

11:30-13:00 Parallel Sessions I
Language Centre: Festive Hall

Session 1 (online): Resistance and Community Organisation 1

chair: Inka Rantakallio

Gonzalo Carrasco: The Chilean Social Outburst and ‘nueva canción’: Older musical forms for contemporary resistance

Sudiipta Shamalii Dowsett: Embodied politic of hip-hop: from Khayelitsha, South Africa to Lajamanu, Australia

Radoš Mitrović: Hip Hop Song as the “Soundtrack” of Major Political Upheaval in Montenegro

Language Centre: sh 206

Session 2: Politics in Musical Works and Practices 1

chair: Yumi Notohara

Emmi Kujanpää: Transnational Collaboration and Activism in Contemporary Eastern European Folk Singing

Thorsten Philipp: Soundscapes of Ecofeminism: Renegotiating gender and environment through pop music

Beatrix Vieira Nunes: Victims No More: how women and non-binary musicians are collaborating for gender justice in jazz

Language Centre: sh 205

Session 3: Ecomusicology 1

chair: Juha Torvinen

Małgorzata Heinrich: Environmental sound, Non-Heteronormativity, and Gender in the works by Barry Truax

Sara Beimdieke: Back to the roots? Music addressing climate change as part of a (music) history of crises

Rowan Bayliss Hawitt: Musical ecologies of grief: breathing and environmental justice in Love Ssega’s “Our World (Fight for Air)” 

Topelia: C 120

Session 4: Resistance and Community Organisation 2

chair: Ann Werner

Nora H. Leidinger: Baraye Azadi – Music at the 2022 Iranian Feminist Protest Movement

Woojin Na: Fan’s activism and collective flourishing: BTS French fan’s social engagement against racism and for environment

Nina Öhman: Mahalia Jackson’s gospel music mastery and the force of the sonic

13:00-14:00 Unicafe Porthania and Metsätalo Lunch
14:00-15:30 Parallel Sessions II
Language Centre: Festive Hall

Session 5 (online): Resistance and Community Organisation 3

chair: Pirita Näkkäläjärvi

Stefanie Barschdorf: Chicken to Change: When a Song Challenged Robert Mugabe

Moira de Kok: Sounds of Solidarity: Music in the 1984–85 Miners’ Strike

Mathieu Guillien: The Politics of Techno

Language Centre: sh 206

Session 6: Politics in Musical Works and Practices 2

chair: Imke Misch

Ignacio Soto-Silva: The trutruka playing in popular music: activism and resistance in the region of los Lagos, Chile

Reetta Näätänen: Cultural sensitivity and the interpretation of cross-cultural contemporary Western music

Kirsten Hedegaard: Eco-Choral Music: Mobilizing the Choral Art for Environmental Activism

Language Centre: sh 205

Session 7: Ecomusicology 2

chair: Leena Julin

Rebekah E. Moore: “A Method to Match the Message”: A Story of Art and Activism on a Wooden Sailing Ship

Tuulikki Laes: Artists for a sustainable future: Art-science activism within higher music education

Elizabeth Frickey: Musical Protest and Power in the Fight for New York City's Community Gardens

Topelia: C 120

Session 8: Resistance and Community Organisation 4

chair: Sini Mononen

Dominik Schlienger and Liisa Tuomi: Gaia Lava – A low carbon performance stage

Brigitta Davidjants and Marju Raju: Identity and Mental Health. Case study of LGBTQ+ Mixed Choir Vikerlased

Riikka Suhonen: Decades of singing together about societal causes that matter: Case study of a choir in Finland

15:30-15:45 Coffee
15:45-17:15 Parallel Sessions III
Language Centre: Festive Hall

Session 9 (online): Ecomusicology 3 & Resistance and Community Organisation)

chair: Juha Torvinen

Kirsten Zemke and Luka Amber Leleiga Lim-Bunnin: Tangaroa-Tagaloa: Environmental justice in Oceanian Indigenous popular music

Grace Healy: From the Archives: British Punk, Fanzines and Rock Against Prejudice!

Language Centre: sh 206

Session 10: Politics in Musical Works and Practices 3

chair: Carolin Müller

Uri Agnon: An Activist Shift: New Music and Political Action

Javier Silva-Zurita: Language revitalization and integration of traditional music: The case of Leftraru Hualamán, a Mapuche Williche musician and activist from southern Chile

Kimi Kärki: Finnish Fascism and its Affective Musical Heritage

Language Centre: sh 205

Session 11: Institutions, Structures, and Systems 1

chair: Kaj Ahlsved

Cassandra Gibson: Gender, Power and Silence: The shaping forces of women’s engagement in the Australian classical music industry

Wilhelm Kvist: Symphony orchestras as promotors of human rights – a utopia?

Ann Werner (and Cecilia Ferm Almqvist): Ethical and equal: Policy for social justice in higher music education

Topelia: C 120

Session 12: Resistance and Community Organisation 5

chair: Marita Buanes Djupvik

Sam Coley: Ballade de la Désescalade: Profiling Graeme Allwright as Activist

Ondřej Daniel: Czech Punk, Activism and Research

Paola Elean Nieto Paredes: Music, tradition, and bottom-up practices for crossing borders: The diplomatic role of Fandango Fronterizo at the U.S.-Mexico border

18:15 Unioninkatu 33: Banquet Room

Conference Reception, hosted by the University of Helsinki

Lauri Supponen, Riikka Talvitie and Juha Torvinen: Wave Motion – Perspectives to Nature (for string quartet, video and live-electronics), more information here

Kamus String Quartet

Thursday, 11 May 2023
10:00-11:30 Parallel Sessions IV
Language Centre: Festive Hall

Session 13 (online): Politics in Musical Works and Practices 4

chair: Emmi Kujanpää

Carlos Pérez Tabares: “I Am the Song I Sing”: Identity, Resistance, and Embodiment in the Music of Bola de Nieve

Gustavo Souza Marquez: Racial Play in a Music Video Trilogy: Analysing Tyler, The Creator’s “Yonkers”, “Buffalo” and “Find Your Wings”

Christine Dysers: Haters, Twelve Points: Tacit Social Activism in Iceland’s 2019 Eurovision Entry

Language Centre: sh 206

Session 14: Studies of Distress and Disadvantage 1

chair: Saijaleena Rantanen

Leena Julin: Hate speech in the name of God – hiding discrimination behind religion

Yalda Yazdani: Music between creativity and censorship in post revolutionary Iran: Ethnographic fieldwork research by focusing on musical activities of women singers in different regions of Iran  

Language Centre: sh 207

Session 15: Institutions, Structures, and Systems 2

chair: Nina Öhman

Pauliina Syrjälä: Licence to compose – Oral composing practices as a catalyst for inclusivity

Marita Buanes Djupvik: Where do broken hearts go? Gender, race and academic neglect in Whitney Houston’s music

Ken Ueno: Towards the Un-Corseting of Non-Western Bodies

Topelia: C 120

Session 16: Resistance and Community Organisation 6

chair: Ondřej Daniel

Chia-An (Victor) Tung: Music Power and Cultural Identity: The Siraya Revitalization Through Activism in Formosa

Outi Ahonen and Katja Sutela: Decolonizing music education – experiences of deaf at the centre

Katherine Mary Griffiths: Recovering the 1980s and 1990s London lesbian club scene through archival activism

11:30-12:00 Coffee
12:00-13:00 Language Centre: Festive Hall

Keynote II (online)

Aaron S. Allen: Ecomusicological Listening as Activism

chair: Juha Torvinen

13:00-14:15 Unicafe Porthania and Metsätalo Lunch
14:15-15:45 Parallel Sessions V
Language Centre: Festive Hall

Session 17 (online): Work for Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 1

chair: Katja Sutela

Stephanie A. Budwey: Liturgies of Livability or Liturgical Violence: What Kind of Space is Christian Congregational Song Creating for LGBTQIA+ and Nonbinary People?

James Hazel Maher: The Collaborative Sonic Anarchive; Working Through Precarity

Linus Eusterbrock: From coal train to classroom: What can a climate-conscious music education learn from climate activism?

Language Centre: sh 206

Session 18: Studies of Distress and Disadvantage 2

chair: Kim Ramstedt

Anu Lampela (Vehviläinen): Two Praxes of Anxiety: Similarities between the Finnish Awakened of the 19th Century and Practicing Piano Today

Pirita Näkkäläjärvi: “Lou leig-u luu” and a fake Sámi hat: How to identify cultural appropriation of Sámi yoiking in Finnish music

Yumi Notohara: The A-Bombed Musical Instruments of Hiroshima: Cultural and Peace Education Roles as Testimonies of Wars

Language Centre: sh 207

Session 19: Institutions, Structures, and Systems 3

chair: Susanna Välimäki

Lea Jung: “Taking Up Space” – Safer and digital spaces created by feminist music networks

Anna Ramstedt: Outlining preventive measures for gendered and sexual misconduct, and emotional abuse in classical music education in Finland

Topelia: C 120

Session 20: Resistance and Community Organisation 7

chair: Kimi Kärki

Xulia Feixoo: A Illa é nosa! Ethnomusicology, activism and community engagement in Ons Island (NW Iberian Peninsula)

Joanna Zienkiewicz: Music against Populism: How to Redefine the ‘Will of the People’?

Jackson Albert Mann: Jawsmith Quartets: Communist Folklorism, IWW Music, and U.S. Left-wing Performance Practice

15:45-16:00 Coffee
16:00-17:30 Parallel Sessions VI
Language Centre: Festive Hall

Roundtable (hybrid): T-Bone Slim – a songwriter, an activist and a hobo

chair: Saijaleena Rantanen

Kirsti Salmi-Niklander and Lotta Leiwo: Music and Poetry in Ashtabula and Erie during T-Bone Slim’s Childhood and Youth

Saku Pinta: The Mysteries of Other Popular Wobblies

Marija Dalbello: The Workers' Dream and Rebel Worker Group Poets

John Westmoreland: T-Bone Slim “Mostly Song”

Language Centre: sh 206

Session 21: Politics in Musical Works and Practices 5

chair: Reetta Näätänen

James Chikomborero Paradza: Beyoncé’s Lemonade in South Africa: Exploring perceptions of the visual album as a medium for intersectionality

Alexandra von der Embse: Gabriella Smith’s “Kisiabaton” as Agent of Climate Change Activism

Topelia: C 120

Panel 1: Sonic Rebellions: Music, Resistance and Social Justice

chair: Juha Torvinen

Baljit Kaur: The American Dream ‘Made in LDN’: Young People’s Production of Rap Music in the Neoliberal Youth Club

Markus Hetheier: Queer Resistance: DIY Culture in Manchester’s Electronic Music Scene 

Celeste Cantor-Stephens: Border Spaces and Sounds of Resistance

19:00 Tenho Restobar (Helsinginkatu 15)

Conference Dinner

Live music: Jaranas del Norte and John Westmoreland

Friday, 12 May 2023
10:00-11:30 Parallel Sessions VII
Language Centre: Festive Hall

Session 22 (online): Politics in Musical Works and Practices 6

chair: Anna Ramstedt

Claudia Lubao: Using Music for Cultural Heritage Sustainability: The Challenge of Producing both, Activist Songs and Popular Songs

Elise Haller-Shannon: Women’s Work: Composing a feminist interpretation of the Scottish waulking song tradition

Anchal Khansili: An Ecomusicological message from Congo to the World

Language Centre: sh 206

Session 23: Resistance and Community Organisation 8

chair: Sam Coley

Aimée George: Surveillance and Strategy from contemporary South African women in jazz

Melissa Arkley: “It’s metal as fuck to address these topics”: How women and non-binary extreme metal vocalists are using the conventions of extreme metal to do feminist activism

Language Centre: sh 205

Panel 2: Levelling the Music Playing Field: Diversity and Inclusion in Music. Necessary conditions but are they sufficient for equity?

chair: Samuli Korkalainen

June Fileti: Activist Research through Action Research: Creating Cultural Capital through Assessment in Instrumental Music Tuition

Vasileios Stamatis: Music Graded examinations revenue model and global inequality: Time for a different approach?

Topelia: C 120

Session 24: Methods of Activism in Research 1

chair: Pauliina Syrjälä

Andrea Dankić: But what if my research interest ends up hurting me or my family?: Reflections on methodology and ethics

Matti Huttunen: Music and Militant Optimism: Some Implications of Ernst Bloch’s Philosophy of Music

Sarah Sauvé: How do you solve a problem like capitalism? Capitalism and anti-capitalism in music research

11:30-12:00 Coffee
12:00-13:00 Language Centre: Festive Hall

Keynote III

Minna Salami: Revelation and Revolution: The Connection of Black Feminist Theory and the Arts

chair: Kim Ramstedt

13:00-14:00 Unicafe Porthania and Metsätalo



Parallel Sessions VIII

Language Centre: Festive Hall

Session 25 (online): Resistance and Community Organisation 9

chair: Nuppu Koivisto-Kaasik

David Irving: Violins, Communism, and Decolonisation: Activism and Praxis in the Work of Australian Luthier John Godschall Johnson (1912-2003)

Tessa Balser-Schuhmann and Nicole Kiruka: Claim the Space! Music, Performance, and Corporeality in the Feminist Movements in Vienna

Monika Żyła: Diversity, equity, and inclusion in contemporary music and sound art festivals: Contemporary music and sound art festivals as sites for resilience, empowerment, care, and societal change

Language Centre: sh 206

Session 26: Politics in Musical Works and Practices 7

chair: Tuulikki Laes

Imke Misch: Nuclear disasters in music: Aspects of artistic activism in works of Toshio Hosokawa, Mayako Kubo and Keiko Fujiie

Inka Rantakallio: Hip hop feminism, women rappers, and whiteness in Finnish hip hop

Dan Mollenkamp: Globality and Universalism from the Exclusive and the Elite: Reframing John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’

Language Centre: sh 205

Session 27: Work for Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 2

chair: Nina Öhman

Van Armenian: Music Education as Active Reconciliation: A Model for Degenociding Colonial States

Allison Alcorn: You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught: A Case Study of Agency in University Music History Students

Topelia: C 120

Session 28: Methods of Activism in Research 2

chair: Susanna Välimäki

Eirik Skjelstad: Between the Binaries: Neptune’s Story

Ieva Gudaityte: On hosting and being hosted: community music radio research and practice

Carolin Müller: Whose Crisis is It? Embodied Resistance and Sonic Warfare 

15:30 Language Centre: Festive Hall

Closing of the Conference

Nina Öhman

Map of the City Centre Campus

The conference venue is within the walking distance from the central railway station. You can download a map of the city centre campus, in which all our conference places are clearly marked.

The conference dinner will take place at Tenho Restobar in Kallio, about 2 kilometers from the conference venue (address: Helsinginkatu 15). You can take a tram number 3 from Kaisaniemenkatu or Kaisaniemenpuisto (direction: Meilahden sairaala via Kallio) to Kaarlenkatu (about 10 minutes). Continue walking forward and turn right onto Helsinginkatu. Tenho is in the second block on the left.

More information about Helsinki public transport on HSL website.