keskiviikko 12. huhtikuuta 2023

Guest lecture by Henry Stobart in Helsinki on April 27th

The Finnish Society of Ethnomusicology organizes in collaboration with the discipline of Musicology at the University of Helsinki a guest lecture by Dr. Henry Stobart (Royal Holloway University of London). The lecture, entitled “Beyond Pulsating ‘Dissonance’: Reflections on Andean Sonorities”, will take place on Thursday, April 27th 2023 at 14–16, at the Festive Hall of the Language Centre (Fabianinkatu 26, 3rd floor).

The lecture can also be followed online through Zoom:

Meeting ID: 690 4003 2966

Passcode: 741132

The lecture is followed by a screening of the documentary film When I’m on Stage I Rule by Siboné Oroza and Antti Nordin at 16–18 in the same place.

Siboné Oroza will defend her PhD thesis, on Friday April 28th, at 13, at the Main Building, Lecture Hall U3032. Dr. Stobart will act as the opponent.

Welcome everyone!


Henry Stobart: Beyond Pulsating ‘Dissonance’: Reflections on Andean Sonorities

Over the past few decades several studies of Andean archaeological sound-making objects and contemporary indigenous music making have identified an aesthetic that privileges vibrant and ‘dissonant’ sonorities. This has led to the widely accepted theory that pulsating timbre, and the technology to produce it, represents an enduring characteristic of Andean sound making, with deep pre-Hispanic roots. As such it may come to resemble a form of decolonising and counterhegemonic Andean harmony, based on vibrant ‘dissonance.’ In this article I do not intend to dismantle this hypothesis – a potentially suicidal act, given my own close involvement in such research – but rather to offer some critical distance, reflections and context. We should certainly celebrate this exciting research, but – as with any influential theory which begins to acquire an aura of convention – we should also be alert to how over-generalisation, essentialism, and ideologically fuelled binaries might transform pulsating ‘dissonance’ into an Andeanist cliché. Furthermore, in an era of heritage making, we should be mindful of the tendency (or temptation) to privilege aspects of contemporary culture that suggest continuities with ancestral or pre-Hispanic practices, and the political expediencies for which this might be employed.

Henry Stobart is Reader in Music/Ethnomusicology in the Music Department of Royal Holloway University of London, where he was appointed as the first lecturer in ethnomusicology in 1999. He is the founder and co-ordinator of the UK Latin American Music Seminar and until recently was co-editor of the journal Ethnomusicology Forum. His main research has focused on indigenous music in the Bolivian Andes, and has focused on diverse themes ranging from music’s relationship with agriculture/herding to indigenous music video production and media piracy, and more recently heritage law making. His co-authored book (with Michelle Bigenho) Heritage Fever: Law and Cultural Politics in a Decolonizing State is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Other books include Music and the Poetics of Production in the Bolivian Andes (Ashgate 2006), the edited volumes Music, Indigeneity, Digital Media, co-edited with Thomas Hilder and Shzr Ee Tan (Rochester/Boydell and Brewer 2017), The New (Ethno)musicologies, (Scarecrow, 2008), Knowledge and Learning in the Andes: Ethnographic Perspectives, co-edited with Rosaleen Howard (Liverpool University Press 2002), and the interdisciplinary volume Sound, co-edited with Patricia Kruth (Cambridge University Press, 2000).


Siboné Oroza & Antti Nordin: When I’m on Stage I Rule (documentary film) 

The film “When I’m on Stage, I Rule” celebrates the cholita song and dance groups who stormed the Bolivian folkloric-popular music scene in 2006. The first group, Las Conquistadoras, was composed by four cholitas, young Quechua women who performed huayño songs accompanied by high-energy stamping dance and electric instruments. Hundreds of cholita groups have emerged since, merging huayñocumbia, pop, rock, and other genres in their repertoires, giving sensuously powerful performances in festivities of the Quechua- and Aymara-speaking population, the television, and the Internet. This film is about musical performance as an instrument of personal and collective empowerment that can transform realities. The film is based on interviews with cholita artists and live recordings of their performances for Siboné Oroza’s doctoral dissertation at the discipline of Musicology at the University of Helsinki.

Direction and editing: Siboné Oroza and Antti Nordin.

Original music for the film and animation: Antti Nordin.

Main performers: Las Conquistadoras, Las Consentidas, Las Florecitas de Mizque, Las Traicioneras del Amor, Las Sirenitas.

The languages of the film are Spanish and Quechua, subtitles in English.

Duration ca. 90 min.

Tapahtuma väitöskirjatutkijoille tiistaina 9.5. Helsingissä

Suomen musiikkitieteellinen seura ja Suomen etnomusikologinen seura järjestävät tiistaina
9.5.2023 klo 10–16 tapahtuman, jossa väitöskirjatutkijat voivat kertoa meneillään olevista
tutkimuksistaan, vaihtaa ajatuksia ja saada palautetta. Seminaari pidetään Tieteiden talolla
Helsingissä (Kirkkokatu 6), ja siihen on vapaa pääsy.
Tapahtumaan ovat tervetulleita esittelemään tutkimustaan kaikki väitöskirjatutkijat, joiden
hanke käsittelee musiikkia ja/tai siihen kytkeytyviä ilmiöitä, riippumatta yliopistosta,
oppiaineesta tai tohtoriohjelmasta, jossa tutkimusta tehdään. Esitelmiä kommentoimassa
on kummankin seuran jäseniä, joiden oma tutkimus edustaa musiikintutkimuksen eri

Esitelmiä (20–30 min.) voi pitää suomeksi, englanniksi tai ruotsiksi. Osallistujat huolehtivat
itse matka- ja mahdollisista majoituskuluistaan sekä lounaskustannuksista.
Jos haluat kertoa tapahtumassa tutkimuksestasi, lähetä esitelmäsi otsikko ja hyvin lyhyt
esittely itsestäsi (nimi, yliopisto, väitöskirjatyön aihe ja vaihe) sähköpostitse
osoitteeseen viimeistään 17.4. Voit osallistua tapahtumaan myös
ilman esitelmää. Lähetä tässä tapauksessa vain esittely itsestäsi samaan
sähköpostiosoitteeseen samaan määräpäivään mennessä.

Tapahtuman valmis ohjelma julkaistaan pari viikkoa ennen toukokuun 9. päivää.
Lämpimästi tervetuloa tapaamaan muita alan väitöskirjatutkijoita ja keskustelemaan
ajankohtaisesta musiikintutkimuksesta!


The Finnish Musicological Society and The Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology organize a
meeting for doctoral researchers on 9 th of May, 2023. The meeting takes place from 10–16
at Tieteiden talo in Helsinki (address: Kirkkokatu 6). The meeting is intended as an informal
gathering where doctoral researchers whose projects relate to music studies can tell about
their ongoing projects, meet each other and receive feedback on their research.
The meeting is open to all doctoral researchers who are studying musical and related
phenomena, regardless of the university, discipline or doctoral program in which the
research is being conducted. The presentations given at the meeting will be commented on
by members of both of the above societies, whose own research represents difference
branches of music studies. Peer-feedback also plays an important role in the meeting.
The presentations (20–30 minutes) can be given in Finnish, English or Swedish. Participants
will cover their own travel and possible accommodation expenses, as well as the lunch

If you are interested in presenting about your research, please send the title of your
presentation and a brief introduction of yourself (name, institution, topic and stage of PhD
thesis) to this address: by 17 th of April. It is also possible to
participate without giving a presentation. If you prefer this option, please only send an
introduction of yourself to the email address above by the same deadline.
The detailed program of the meeting will be published two weeks before 9 th of May.
You are warmly welcome to discuss your research and meet peers at this meeting!


Tisdagen den 9.5.2023 kl. 10–16 ordnar Musikvetenskapliga sällskapet i Finland och Finska
musiketnologiska sällskapet ett evenemang där doktorander kan berätta om sin pågående
forskning, byta tankar, nätverka och få återkoppling. Seminariet hålls i Vetenskapernas hus i
Helsingfors (Kyrkogatan 6) och inträdet är fritt.

Arrangörerna välkomnar alla doktorander vars projekt behandlar musik och/eller därtill
relaterade fenomen, oberoende av universitet, ämne eller doktorandprogram där
forskningen drivs. Doktorandernas presentationer kommenteras av sällskapens medlemmar
som representerar olika inriktningar inom musikforskning.

Presentationer (20–30 min) kan hållas på finska, engelska eller svenska. Deltagarna ansvarar
själva för möjliga kostnader för resor och logi samt för mat.

Om du är intresserad av att berätta om din forskning på evenemanget, skicka rubriken på
din presentation och en mycket kort beskrivning av dig själv (namn, universitet, ämnet på
doktorsavhandlingen och skedet av doktorandstudierna) per e-post till senast den 17.4. Du kan även delta i evenemanget utan att hålla
egen presentation. I så fall ber vi dig skicka endast en kort beskrivning av dig till den
ovannämnda adressen, likaså senast den 17.4.

Det färdiga programmet publiceras några veckor före den 9.5.
Varmt välkomna att träffa andra doktorander och diskutera aktuell musikforskning!