Closing seminar of World Wide Women and Kyynelkanavat projects
Friday, 10 November 2023, 3pm – 6 pm, Helsinki Collegium, Common Room, Fabianinkatu 24A, 3rd floor
This event brings researchers and artists into conversation about producing knowledge together. Through live music and discussions, panelists will demonstrate the different modes of collaboration and offer insights from their experiences. They will discuss openly about their new discoveries, and the exciting as well as challenging moments of their work. They will address questions such as: how team members define their individual roles and agree on ways of working together towards the shared goal of the project? How do the academic and artistic sides of the project complement or differ from each other, what is the balance between them and what issues of power there might be? What have we learned from each other? Can the collaborations within our projects be used as models for future projects combining art and research?
This event presents two projects that include researcher-musical artist collaboration as a core element of knowledge production:
World Wide Women – Female Musicians Crossing Borders and Building Futures project(University of Helsinki) studies and supports women musicians in their own communities and in the globally connected music world.
Kyynelkanavat – Laments in Contemporary Finlandproject (University of Eastern Finland) approaches the lamenting tradition and its role in modern Finnish society through the perspectives of body, experience, religion, communality, emotions and affect.
Ying-Hsien Chen will defend her doctoral dissertation entitled “Plucking the Forest Sound: the Transculturation of the Finnish Kantele in Japan” in the Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, on 28 August 2023 at 12.
The public examination will take place in the festive hall of the Language Centre, Festive Hall, address: Fabianinkatu 26. Check the University of Helsinki’s website for more details and the streaming link for following the examination online.
For the past week, Hiroko Ara has been in our thoughts.
Hiroko Ara was supposed to be in Finland this March for our Women-Music-Futures symposium to share her music (with Haruhiko Saga, as Rauma duo) and her career as a kantele professional in Japan. Last week, we received heartbreaking news from Japan. She passed away on May 5th. Continue reading “Hiroko Ara in memoriam”
Siboné Oroza will defend her doctoral dissertation entitled “‘When I’m on Stage, I Rule’ – Cholita Futurism in Cochabamba, Bolivia” in the Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, on Friday, 28 April 28th 2023 at 1 p.m. The public examination will take place in the main building of the University of Helsinki, lecture room U3032, address Unioninkatu 34. You can also follow the examination online. Check the University of Helsinki’s website for all details and streaming link.
The documentary film (more info here) based on Siboné Oroza’s fieldwork materials will be screened the day before, Thursday, April 27th at 4 p.m., at the Festive Hall of the University of Helsinki’s Language Centre (Fabianinkatu 26, 3rd floor). The screening is organized by the Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology in collaboration with the discipline of Musicology at the University of Helsinki and it is free and open to anyone interested.
The Women–Music–Futures symposium brought together a wide range of presentations based on both artistic and research projects. While the presented projects offered varied insights on women’s musical activities around the world, several common themes emerged. For example, a number of projects emphasized music as a space of comfort, respite, and pleasure for women musicians and their audiences. At the same time music making can provide a sphere where women can build solidarity and networks of mutual support. Sometimes music provides a medium for voicing one’s opinion to the outside world.
– Nina Öhman
It was liberating and empowering to see same issues relating to women musicians repeat in different contexts around the world, and to see that I am not to only one who has paid attention to the minority position of women musicians and wants to change things! Women face similar challenges, although the circumstances may be very different, and it was great to see all the different ways in which people are addressing these issues.
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.
Welcome to hear the latest news of our project, and also more broadly about women musicians’ activities in Mali and Senegal, on Saturday, November 12th 2022 starting at 3 p.m. in Global Music Centre in Helsinki (Hämeentie 34 D, entrance in the courtyard)! This mini seminar is part of Etnosoi! festival. The seminar will be held mainly in Finnish (more info in the Finnish language version).
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.