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6.5.  New finnishness day celebration at the Botania garden (address: Heinäpurontie 70) on 12th May from 17:00 to 21:00. If you don´t participate to the Symposium dinner, here is an optional program for the evening entertainment. 

3.5. Final session timetable has been published.


Registration has ended.


Please note that there is limited amount of hotel rooms for lower price! To achieve the special price for the room, the reservations should be made before 10th of April 2016.


The University of Eastern Finland, the Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology and the project Ageing, Communication, Technologies (ACT,Concordia University) bring together researchers from music studies and various other disciplines in order to discuss music in relation to ageing and technology. The symposium “Music, ageing, technology symposium” will be held in the Joensuu campus of the University of Eastern Finland, 11-13 May 2016.

The participants of the symposium will look at all genres of music and ageing, often in the context of modern communication technology. The symposium hopes to offer multilayered and critical perspectives on the crosscuttings of digital technologies and ageing in relation to music studies, and how these approaches relate to other research traditions. The theme is closely linked to one of the hosting university’s (UEF’s) current research orientations on human sciences and technology research.

Please note that despite of the specified theme, it is possible to submit proposals out of it.

Keynote speakers

  • Sara Cohen (Professor, Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool)
  • Murray Forman (Professor, Media and Screen Studies, Northeastern University, Boston)
  • Line Grenier (Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Université de Montréal)
  • Ros Jennings (Professor, Centre for Women, Ageing and Media ‘WAM’, University of Gloucestershire)

Call for papers


Please note that registration starts 21.3. Registration fee 40€, MTS & SES members 35€, students/unemployed/pensioners 25€ (includes program, 3 x lunch and 3 x coffee).


The hotels below have offered conference guests a special price. We ask guests to book their accommodation themselves, according to the information below. To achieve the special price for the room, the reservations should be made before 10th of April 2016.
Please make the reservation via phone or e-mail.

Torikatu 16
80100 JOENSUU 
+358 10 423 9390

Distance from the university: 1.2 km 
Price: 59,50 €*/ room/ per night (2 person room)
*The price is for the room. (max. 3 people in one room) 
Promotion code: "Music, ageing and technology"

Cumulus Joensuu

Kirkkokatu 20
80100 JOENSUU 
+358 13 511 2100

Distance from the university: 1km
Price 93 €/ single room/ per night
113 €/ double room/ per night
The price includes breakfast and sauna 
Promotion code: "Music, ageing and technology"


WED 11.5.

10:00 - 12:00 Registration and coffee (Futura Building, F100 auditorium)
12:00 - 12:15 Opening words, and the announcement of the annual national master's thesis award in music research
12:15 - 13:15 Keynote 1: Ros Jennings: 
Popular Music, Inheritances and Ageing (Futura Building, F100 auditorium)
13:15 - 14:00 Lunch (Restaurant Aura)
14:00 - 16:00 Parallel sessions 1 (Rooms Ag103, Ag206 & Ag207 in Agora Building)
16:00 - 16:15 Coffee (Agora Building, 1st floor hallway)
16:15 - 18:15 Parallel sessions 2 (Rooms Ag103, Ag206 & Ag207 in Agora Building)
19:00 - 20:30 Evening reception (Joensuu City Hall, Rantakatu 20)

THU 12.5.

09:15 - 11:15 Parallel sessions 3 (Rooms Ag103, Ag109 & Ag207 in Agora Building)
11:15 - 11:45 Coffee (Agora Building, 1st floor hallway)
11:45 - 13:15 Parallel sessions 4 (Rooms Ag103, Ag109 & Ag102 in Agora Building)
13:15 - 14:00 Lunch (Restaurant Aura)
14:00 - 15:00 Keynote 2: Murray Forman: 
Every Day A Pioneer: Aging Artists and Hip-Hop Legacies (Futura Building, F100 auditorium)
15:00 - 15:15 Coffee (Agora Building, 1st floor hallway)

15.15 - 17.15 Parallel sessions 5 (Rooms Ag103, Ag109 & Ag207 in Agora Building)
20:00 - 22:00 Symposium dinner (Restaurant Kerubi, Siltakatu 1)

FRI 13.5.

09:15 - 10:15 Keynote 3: Line Grenier: 
Ageing in Public through Music: Exploring music events featuring seniors in Québec (Futura Building, F100 auditorium)
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee; poster presentation (Agora Building, 1st floor hallway)
10:45 - 12:15 Parallel sessions 6 (Rooms Ag102, Ag206 & Ag207 in Agora Building)
12:15 - 13:15 Lunch (Restaurant Aura)

13:15 -13:45 Keynote 4: Sara Cohen: Where did you go? Where did you play? Memories of music and place in post-industrial England (Futura Building, F100 auditorium)
13:45 - 14:00 Closing words

For the session timetable PDF please click here (updated May 3rd). 

Local organizing committee
Professor Helmi Järviluoma [chair] (UEF)
Professor Pekka Suutari (UEF)
University lecturer Noora Vikman (UEF)
PhD student Salli Anttonen (UEF)
PhD student Susanna Laamanen (UEF)
Researcher Jari Ruotsalainen [coordinator] (UEF)

M.A. student Kerttu Hiltunen (UEF) 
M.A. student Saara Salo (UEF)
M.A. student Sini Melanen (UEF)
M.A. student Taina Salmi (UEF)

National organizing committee

Antti-Ville Kärjä, Ph.D., adjunct professor (docent), Academy Research Fellow (Music Archive JAPA, Helsinki)
Saijaleena Rantanen, D.M., post-doc researcher (University of the Arts Helsinki, SibA)
Tuomas Auvinen, M.A., doctoral candidate, researcher (UTU, Turku)
Kim Ramstedt, M.A., doctoral candidate, researcher (ÅA, Helsinki)
Meri Kytö, Ph.D., researcher (UTA, Tampere)
Kaarina Kilpiö, D.Soc.Sc., university lecturer (Taideyliopiston SibA, Helsinki)
Pekka Toivanen, Ph.D., lecturer (JyU, Jyväskylä)
Joonas Keskinen, M.A. (Kulttuuriosuuskunta Uulu, Tampere)
Mikko Vanhasalo, Ph.D., lecturer (University of the Arts Helsinki, SibA, Tampere)

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