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The 24th Annual Symposium of Music Scholars in Finland

University of Turku & Åbo Akademi University 18-20.3.2020

The Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology, the Finnish Musicological Society and the departments of musicology at Turku University and Åbo Akademi University in collaboration with the research project ‘The impact of digitalization on minority music’ are pleased to invite researchers with an interest in music to attend the 24th Annual Symposium for Music Scholars in Finland, which will take place on 18-20 March 2020 in Turku.

The theme of the symposium is technology and change in music cultures. Many scholars, musicians and visionaries have seen great aesthetic and democratizing potential in technological development, whereas others have had more pessimistic views on its impact on music cultures. Our goal is to promote critical perspectives on the impact of technological changes on the development of music while opening up new areas of debate in the field. Technology in this context can be understood as anything from organology, architecture or printing to modern sound recording and reproduction apparatuses and digital technology. In addition, the technological means of studying music will be included.

The symposium theme is intended as a starting point for debates extending across a wide range of fields of study, methods and individual research apparatuses. Presentation proposals may refer directly or only tangentially to the main theme of the symposium. Proposals that represent ongoing music research in Finland but fall outside of this area will also be considered for inclusion in the symposium programme.

Submitting proposals

The organisers will accept proposals for 20-minute presentations, panel sessions comprising 3-4 speakers, and posters presenting the research findings of research groups and individual presenters. The maximum length of abstracts is 200 words (for oral and poster presentations) and 300 words (for panel/thematic sessions). Proposals may be submitted and presentations given in Finnish, Swedish or English.

Abstracts should be submitted as word, rtf or pdf files to the following e-mail address:  [email protected]. Proposals should include:

  • contact details of the researcher or research group
  • the title of the presentation, session or project (poster)
  • an abstract of no more than 200 words

The deadline for abstract submissions is 12 January 2020
The filename should follow the form “Surname_Title”.

We will notify if proposals have been accepted by 1 February 2020

Any questions or correspondence can be directed to: [email protected]

Further information can be found at the Symposium website:


Welcome to Turku in March 2020!

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