Artwork created by Miguel Endara

The Congress is co-organized by the Swedish Musicological Society, and the Department for Musicology and Performance Studies, Stockholm University.

The programme committee has representatives from the Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish musicological societies

The Nordic Musicological Congress is a quadrennial event, gathering on the one hand researchers in music active in the Nordic countries, on the other researchers with an interest in the specific activities of Nordic music research, or aspects of Nordic music and musical life. One of its main functions is to be a broad forum for communication of current music research.

On this occasion, the venue will be the Stockholm University campus in Frescati in Stockholm, Sweden. The name Frescati goes back till the last phase of absolute monarchy. In the 19th century, a handful of national institutions of the natural sciences were located in the area. Nowadays the University dominates the landscape. The department for musicology and performance studies is situated in a former private house and laboratory of the physicist Manne Siegbahn, renamed “the House of Humanities”. The University campus can be reached from town by underground and bus.

Keynote speakers

The keynote lectures of the XVI Nordic Musicological Congress represent a selection of fields of strategic importance in contemporary research in music. Each keynote lecture will be followed-up by a panel discussion.

Professor Pirkko Moisala, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki, will talk about Applied Ethnomusicology, a current approach aiming at the active engagement of the researcher in social and cultural contexts and processes. Moisala has combined research in Ethnomusicology and Gender studies. She has made a number of English language publications, including books, e.g. Kaija Saariaho, University of Illinois Press 2009, and Gender and Qualitative Methods (with Helmi Järviluoma and Anni Vilko), Sage Publications 2003.

Niels Krabbe, Research Professor and leader of the Danish Centre for Music Publication, The Royal Library, Denmark, lectures about contemporary conditions for scholarly editions of music, and issues concerning the roles and functions these editions might have today. Krabbe has been a leader of the Music Department (now Music- and Theatre department) at the Royal Library 1996-2009, and main editor or leader for several scholarly edition projects, e.g. the Carl Nielsen edition 1997-2009.

Under the title ”Noisy: Toward a Political Economy of Music and New Media,” Professor Paul Théberge, Carleton University, Canada, will lecture on technological mediation of music, and some of its current implications for research. Théberge is holder of a Canada Research Chair in Technological Mediations of Culture, and is involved in projects regarding music in global culture, as well as the impact of digital techniques on the music industry. Théberge is the author of Any Sound You can Imagine: Making Music, Consuming Technology, Wesleyan University Press 1997.

Sverker Jullander, Anna Hwass Professor of Musical Performance at the Department of Art, Communication and Education, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. will give a lecture entitled Ars Antiqua to Scientia Nova? Historical and contemporary perspectives on artistic research in music. The lecture will deal with artistic research in music, both as part of the general development of research in the arts and as an emerging phenomenon in musical and academic life, providing historical backgrounds and discussing current developments. Until March 2012 he was also Director of Research Education at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg. He graduated as a church musician from the Royal College of Music, Stockholm, and received his diploma as an organ soloist at the School of Music, University of Gothenburg.

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