We are happy to welcome everyone to our symposium with the theme Women – Music – Futures that will take place at the University of Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland) on March 9th and 10th 2023, with a pre-symposium concert on March 8th, International Women’s Day, at Caisa Cultural Centre.
We will have an afterparty for the Crossing Borders in Music and Research seminar at Tenho Restobar in Kallio. The concert is open to everyone, even if you are not attending the seminar. There will be several musical performances that all cross borders in one way or another. The musical styles are mostly from Latin America and West Africa. The first band starts at 19.00 and the main act Jaranas del Norte will begin at about 20.30.
Musiciana and researcher Siboné Oroza talks about her doctoral research in Bolivia and the documentary film “When I’m on Stage, I Rule” based on the research. The film première was in April in Helsinki.
International symposium at the University of Helsinki
March 9th and 10th 2023
Pre-symposium concert on March 8th, International Women’s Day
Call for Proposals
In many communities around the world, women are important culture bearers fostering the transmission of local traditions to future generations. However, women also forge new roles in their communities in order to express themselves and to get their voices heard. In these efforts for empowerment, music can serve as a tool for refashioning oneself and one’s place in society, thereby building futures that might not have been possible otherwise. Music also frequently serves as a space for imagination and dreaming, for experimentation with alternative ideas about the past, the present, and the future.
The aim of this symposium is to discuss the agency of women musicians worldwide, and the ways in which they use music to construct imaginary or real futures for themselves. Often working in patriarchal environments and restricted by social norms and expectations of their communities, women demonstrate significant resilience and creativity as they seek to create space for musical activities. In this regard, mutual support and networks between women are important. Sometimes women choose music because it provides a platform for presenting their views and/or influencing their communities in ways that would not be allowed otherwise.
Helsinki, Friday, September 9th 2022
Tieteiden talo (House of Sciences and Letters), Kirkkokatu 6, room 504
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
This seminar aims to bring together researchers and musicians whose work involves crossing national, cultural, social and/or musical borders. Musicians cross borders in artistic encounters, but also researchers in the field of ethnomusicology commonly participate in the musical practices of their research collaborators. The World Wide Women project team has noticed that border-crossing raises similar questions for musicians and researchers, especially as they seek to enter respectful research and work relationships with their collaborators. We have found that ethically and politically accountable research and/or artistic practices involve thinking hard about the various ways in which global and local power structures such as racism, gender ideologies, cultural appropriation, and access to resources affect one’s work. However, rather than focusing on problems caused by structural inequalities, our desire is to learn from the insights that the participants have gained during their research and/or artistic projects.
Welcome to see the the documentary film “When I’m on Stage, I Rule” to Cultural Centre Caisa’s auditorium on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 at 18 in Cultural Centre Caisa‘s auritorium!
The subproject All Female Orchestra – Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Mali will not start until later this year, but on this video Marjo Smolander and Jenni Hanikka tell about the plans and about their earlier experiences of collaborating with Malian musicians.
Doctoral candidate Ying-Hsien Chen tells about her project “Longing for the sound of forest” that deals with the adoption and adaptation of the Finnish kantele in Japan.
Project leader, ethnomusicologist Elina Seye talks about the background and themes of the World Wide Women project.