The Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology

The Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology was established in 1974 and its aim is to further ethnomusicological research and disseminate information about musical cultures of the world. The society’s members include researchers and students as well as other music professionals and practitioners. The society’s main forms of activity are publications, seminars and meetings. The society is a member of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies and represents ethnomusicology and the cultural study of music nation-wide. The society represents also the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) in Finland.

The society is managed by a Committee consisting of Chair, five regular members and four deputy members. In 2016, the Committee members are

  • Chair: Dr Antti-Ville Kärjä, Music Archive JAPA, Helsinki
  • MA Tuomas Auvinen, University of Turku
  • Dr Kaarina Kilpiö, University of Arts Sibelius Academy, Helsinki
  • Deputy Chair: Dr Meri Kytö, University of Tampere
  • MA Kim Ramstedt, Åbo Akademi University, Turku
  • Dr Saijaleena Rantanen, University of Arts Sibelius Academy, Helsinki
  • MA Salli Anttonen, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu
  • Secretary and Treasurer: MA Joonas Keskinen, Cultural Co-operative Uulu, Tampere
  • Dr Pekka Toivanen, University of Jyväskylä
  • Dr Mikko Vanhasalo

If you wish to contact the society or become a member, please write to info@etnomusikologia.fi


The Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology publishes scholarly works, a quarterly journal aimed at a broader audience and a joint bulletin with the Finnish Musicological Society. The main publication of the society is the peer-reviewed Etnomusikologian vuosikirja (‘The Yearbook of Ethnomusicology’) to which also English-language articles can be submitted. The yearbook is an open access publication that has been granted the use of the label for peer-reviewed scholarly publications issued by the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies. The past yearbooks are available here.

In the society’s publication series monographs, doctoral theses and edited volumes are published. Also English-language proposals are welcomed. The list of titles in the series are available here.

If you are interested in the society’s publications, please write to info@etnomusikologia.fi


The Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology is regularly involved in organising various events. In collaboration with the Finnish Musicological Society and alternating universities, a symposium for music scholars in Finland is organised every year, usually in March–May. The society hosts also a range of other events, including one-day seminars with a more non-academic audience in mind in the spring and the autumn. In main forthcoming events include

  • Music and Islam (in collaboration with the UskoMus Research Network and Music Archive JAPA), Helsinki 10 November 2016
  • Music and Migration (in collaboration with the Global Music Centre), Helsinki 11 November 2016

If you are interested in the society’s events, please write to info@etnomusikologia.fi