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.
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).
The World Wide Women team presented the project publicly for the first time on November 13th 2021 in the Etnosoi! seminar ”Women, Music and the World.” At the seminar, the team members talked about their own projects and showed related video clips or played music. The presentations centered on female musicians and the crossing of different kinds of boundaries. The seminar gathered about 30 listeners into the Maijansali hall of the Central Library Oodi; their participation demonstrated the interest of the audience towards research on women’s musical life.
As a whole, the team’s presentations emphasized music’s great importance as a means of self-expression for women around the world. For many female musicians and their audiences, music is not just a “decoration” of everyday life, not just entertainment (although it can also be that), but musical activities give them a possibility for expressing a social stance, for encaging in activism and for creating visions of a better future.
The Etnosoi! seminar at Oodi Library focuses on female musicians, transcultural cooperation and crossing borders. The seminar consists of two segments with a break in between. Between spoken presentations, both live and recorded music will be heard.
The first segment of the seminar focuses on our project World Wide Women – Female Musicians Crossing Borders and Building the Future, which will be presented for the first time by its working group. Presenting the p
roject at the seminar will be postdoctoral researcher Elina Seye, musicology doctoral researcher Ying-Hsien Chen, flutist and singer Jenni Hanikka, kantele player and singer-songwriter Marjo Smolander, researcher and musician Siboné Oroza, artist Antti Nordin and researcher Nina Öhman.