to Sep 6

Sounds and Poetry of the Streets: Philippine Expressive Popular Cultures

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The first "Ethnographies of Philippine Auditory Popular Cultures (EPAC) conference titled:

Sounds and Poetry of the Streets: Philippine Expressive Popular Cultures

The conference aims to investigate salient Filipino practices that involve multi-sensorial aesthetics (as expressive art forms often are), and the transformative ways of contemplating and apprehending them.

Its objective is to provide a venue for new knowledge that will impact discussions of popular culture in higher education in the Philippines through paper presentations that tackle issues of local, everyday phenomena of music, film, radio, and other expressive arts. These might include, for example, how people experience radio music, karaoke sessions in garages, local religious and devotional practices, rap and hip-hop battles, recording studio production among indie artists, digital music production, among others. These are embodiments of relationships in and among practitioners, listeners, dancers, bystanders, producers, indicative of the rich and varied scenes comprising aural popular cultures. The pulsating power of street culture is conditioned by the tactics and intuitive creativity of the ordinary pedestrian, who carves paths both sensual and visceral in apprehending the ephemeral sparks and contours of art and craft.

For the full CFP, visit the EPAC website.

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to Jun 14

COMPEN: the Comparative Penology Group Conference, University of Agder, Kristiansand

COMPEN Conference - University of Agder

On June 13th-14th, COMPEN: the Comparative Penology Group are hosting a conference at the University of Agder, Norway with the general theme ‘Punishment and imprisonment in the Nordic countries’. Researchers with expertise on prisons and punishment in the Nordic countries will present their analysis while our team will be discussing the ongoing findings from our comparative study of penal policymaking and prisoner experiences in England & Wales and Norway (

The starting point for the conference is that during the ten years that have passed since the ‘Nordic Exceptionalism’ thesis was first presented by John Pratt (2008ab), several important changes have occurred in Nordic penal policy and practice. This includes a significant growth in empirical prison research in this region, as well as penal policy developments that may seem to be in tension with the ‘Nordic Exceptionalism’ thesis. Following these developments, the conference asks: What do ten years of Nordic Exceptionalism research tell us about Nordic penal policy and practice? And in what ways do recent studies, and penal policy developments, support, challenge, and supplement the idea that Nordic prison policies and practices are unusually humane and inclusive?

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to May 25

Soundscapes of Trauma: Music, Violence, Therapy

Soundscapes of Trauma explores negative and positive uses of music and sound in detention, incarceration, and warfare across historical periods. Resolutely interdisciplinary, its programme consists of papers from across disciplines, including musicology, ethnomusicology, history, trauma studies, social anthropology, and music therapy. It also aims to forge a much needed intersectoral dialogue between academics, researchers, artists, and practitioners working with survivors or detainees in prisons, refugee camps, and immigration centres.

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8:30 AM08:30

Music and Prisons in Global Perspective @ Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting (New Mexico)

5A: Music and Prisons in Global Perspective 

Public Policy Session Live-Stream Link
Elizabeth Tolbert, Johns Hopkins University, Chair

Alison Frater, Chair of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (UK), Keynote 

Alexander McLean, Founder of the African Prisons Project, Keynote 

Áine Mangaong, University of Oslo (Norway) Respondent
Maria Mendonca, Kenyon College (UK) Respondent
Anna Papaeti, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Greece) Respondent

What might ethnomusicologists have to contribute to discussions on music in prisons at the level of public policy, and what can we learn from colleagues in other settings? The participants have all done work on music in prisons or other detention environments, and will discuss the challenges and successes of their work to date. The purpose is to engage with activists, policy makers, and academics to find common ground that might serve as a platform for building an international focus for promoting the transformative value of music in settings of detention. Alison Frater, Chair of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance in the UK, will present her organization’s policy and advocacy work in directly lobbying the government and working in a cross government initiative with prison ministries and departments responsible for arts and culture. Alexander McLean of the African Prisons Project will share reflections on the role music plays in prisons in Uganda and Kenya, including the “condemned choirs” CD and will consider the role of sacred music in prison churches, including Taize worship in African prisons. Respondents will engage with the keynote speakers’ issues in terms of their own work: Aine Mangaoang will discuss music in prisons in the Philippines and Norway, Maria Mendonça will discuss gamelan music in prisons in the UK, and Anna Papaeti will provide a historical perspective with music in contexts of detention during cold war Greece. The goal is to promote discussion among a wide interdisciplinary audience and to encourage activist work in ethnomusicology. 

Location: Franciscan Room

NOTE This session will be available online through the following link:

The Society for Ethnomusicology is offering live and archived video-streams of selected sessions from its 2018 Annual Meeting in Albuquerque. These streams are provided as part of an effort to increase access, nationally and internationally, to the content of our meeting. Below is a schedule of the video-streamed sessions. All streaming times listed are Mountain Standard Time (GMT-7).

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10:00 AM10:00

Public Lecture: On songs & protest @ Office of Contemporary Art Norway

On June 3, 2018 Áine Mangaoang will deliver a public lecture titled:

"On songs and protest"

at the closing symposium for the exhibition:

'Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness' 
Curated by Katya García-Antón, with Antonio Cataldo
Advisory Board: Prof. Harald Gaski and Dr. Gunvor Guttorm

Exhibition Design: A-lab (Káre R. Anti) and Torsteinsen Design
Opening dates: Thursday 12 April–Sunday 3 June 2018

View exhibition book here.

All welcome. 


OCA is proud to announce the opening of the exhibition ‘Let the River Flow. The Sovereign Will and the Making of a New Worldliness’ on Wednesday 11 April 2018 at 18:00. 

The Áltá-Guovdageino Action (c. 1978–82) radically shook the course of history in the Nordic region. Its call to ‘let the river live’ was launched against the construction of a large dam across the legendary Álttáeatnu (Áltá river) in Sápmi/Northern Norway. It grew from an unexpectedly broad movement of solidarity across civil society – Sámi, Norwegian and international – in which Sámi artists played a crucial role. 

The Áltá Action was a reaction to the profound impact for Sámi communities, their livelihoods, their cultural heritage, and as environmental protectors, of the flooding by the dam of large areas of Sápmi. The resistance movement was as unprecedented within the history of social protest in Europe, as was its dramatic climax – the Sámi hunger strikes in Oslo in 1979. Morevoer it was part of the Áltá Action's new environmental consciousness of the 1970s, as well as the emerging histories of Indigenous empowerment of the time.

Today the action elicits bitter-sweet memories. Some historians have claimed that in catalysing Norway's signature of the United Nation's ILO Convention 169 and the creation of a Sámi Parliament, Kárášjohka, 1989, the action announced a new era of Nordic de-colonisation. One that potentially placed Norway at the fore-front of social justice policy-making world-wide. Yet a new generation of Sámi artists and thinkers claim that this process stalled early on coinciding with the rise of a new economy in Norway, and that the very survival of Sámi culture, land, livelihood and world-views is in serious danger today. Their voices are much sought after amongst the most prestigious cultural arenas internationally, and play an essential role within the powerful Indigenous movement spreading across the world – artistically, ecologically and politically.

'Let the River Flow' is the fruit of three years of dialogue with artists, scholars, and other cultural peers and peoples across Sápmi, traversing four nation-states (Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia). The exhibition showcases the essential role of Sámi artists in the action, in particular the radical Mázejoavku: Sámi Dáiddajoavku (Sámi Artists’ Group, 1978-83), as well as the solidarity of non-Sámi counterparts. It presents rare historic works side-lined from the Nordic art historical canon, as well as material from the The Archives of the Protest Movement against the damming of the Áltá-Guovdageino water system and new contemporary commissions that explore the legacy of Áltá today. 'Let the River Flow' simultaneously claims and challenges the place of Sámi art amongst the new global, modernist, museologies dedicated to expand the canon of art history to a world-scale.

'Let the River Flow' is curated by Katya García-Antón, with Antonio Cataldo. The project has been honoured by the guidance of an Advisory Council consisting of Sámi scholars, Prof. Harald Gaski and Dr. Gunvor Guttorm. The exhibition design is fruit of a Sámi-Norwegian collaboration by A-Lab (Káre R. Anti) and Torsteinsen Design.

Artworks, performances and lectures will be presented by: Nabil Ahmed, Áillohaš/Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Maria Thereza Alves, Jimmie Durham, Elle Márjá Eira, Mai-Lis Eira, Pauliina Feodoroff, Aage Gaup, Trygve Lund Guttormsen, Josef Halse, Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen, Berit Marit Hætta, Susanne Hætta, Iver Jåks, Keviselie/Hans Ragnar Mathisen, Áine Mangaoang, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Joar Nango and Tanya Busse, Rannveig Persen, Synnøve Persen, Máret Ánne Sara, Arvid Sveen, Elin Már Øyen Vister, amongst other contributors.

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9:00 AM09:00

Music in Prisons, Detention and Resettlement: Towards a Research Agenda, Oxford University

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Invited speaker for a workshop on prison music research at the Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH), Oxford University. 

Organisers: Dr James Butterworth, Oxford University & SIMM: The Social Impact of Music-Making 

For more details, visit the SIMM website


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to Mar 4

Carceral Cultures Conference 2018, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC

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FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 15:30-17:00

Session C6, Room 4955


Áine Mangaoang (University of Oslo), "Sounding Contemporary Carceral Cultures"

The Carceral Cultures Conference is hosted at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver Campus on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. 

For more details, visit the conference website here

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to Feb 9

Hugarflug 2018, Listaháskóli Íslands, Reykjavík

Arts in Detention*


Áine Mangaoang (panel chair): Prisons of Note in Norway and the Philippines 

Þráinn Þórhallsson: Music in prisons in Iceland 

Sonja Kovacevic: Pillow Talk: project with asylum seekers in Iceland 

Sigrún Kristbjörg Jónsdóttir & Sigurður Halldórsson: Musical Journeys: The Iceland Academy of the Arts, the Red Cross in Iceland, and Airwaves festival 

Laufey Sigrún Haraldsdóttir: Music Connects: Musicians without Borders

*Commissioned panel

For more details, visit the website. 

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9:30 AM09:30

IASPM Norden & Nordic Sounds Study Day

A Study Day co-hosted by IASPM Norden & Nordic Sounds

All are invited to the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM Norden) Study Day at the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo on September 14 2017.

The theme of the day is the study of popular music in the Nordic countries. Professor Stan Hawkins will introduce the event, which is co- hosted by our department’s Nordic Sounds: Critical Music Research Group, and organised by Aine Mangaoang and Hans T. Zeiner-Henriksen.

Further information can be found here.

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1:15 PM13:15

Nordic Sounds Meeting

The next Nordic Sounds meeting at the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo features Professor Fabian Holt (Humbolt-Universität zu Berlin) & Professor Tina K. Ramnarine (Royal Holloway University of London) who willl present their chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Popular Music in the Nordic Countries (forthcoming).  

This Nordic Sounds meeting precedes the POPULAR MUSICS OF THE NORDIC COUNTRIES: A joint IASPM Norden & Nordic Sounds Study Day, 14 September 2017. 

This Nordic Sounds meeting is co-organised by Stan Hawkins, Áine Mangaoang and Tore Størvold.

Further details can be found here.

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to Sep 3

freezerRoom concert at Electric Picnic festival (Sold out)

Trip-hop/electronic outfit freezerRoom perform at Electric Picnic's AfterDark in the Hazel Wood stage, with a host of guests including Wallis Bird, Jack O'Rourke, Joe O'Leary, Tracey K, Clara Hill, and Gemma Sugrue, Paul Dunlea and many more. Kicking off at midnight, this show will officially launch the new freezerRoom's album Fire on The Ocean, which goes on sale Friday September 1st. 

Recorded in Cork, Berlin, and London, Fire on The Ocean features Tracey K (Fish Go Deep), Joe O'Leary (Fred) and Ray Scannell (The Shades) on vocals, Christian Eigner (Depeche Mode) on drums, and Áine Mangaoang on violin.

Further details on the show can be found here

To hear/buy the album, go here

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1:00 PM13:00

Guest Lecture: Ben Harbert (Georgetown University)

The Prisons of Note project at the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo, is pleased to welcome Prof. Ben Harbert from the Department of Performing Arts, Georgetown University (Washington DC) to present his research on music in Louisiana prisons, in a lecture titled Musical Vestiges of Prison Reform at Louisiana State Penitentiary. 

The lecture is followed by invited responses by Prof. Even Ruud & Prof. Hans Weisethaunet, and chaired by Áine Mangaoang. 

For further details and directions, visit the UiO evet page here.

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5:00 PM17:00

Public Film Screening: Follow Me Down

The Prisons of Note project at the UiO: Department of Musicology, University of Oslo present a free screening of the film

Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians (dir. Ben Harbert, 2012; 97 mins)

at Salen 1 (ground floor kino), Eldorado Bokhandel, Torggata 9A, 0181 Oslo

Follow Me Down is a feature-length documentary about music in prison. Shot over the course of two years in three Louisiana prisons, ethnomusicologist Ben Harbert weaves together interviews & performances of extraordinary inmate musicians — some serving life sentences, some new commits & one soon to be released. The result plays like a concert film, but instead of bright lights & big stages, these musicians rap in okra fields, soothe themselves with R&B in lockdown & create gospel harmonies on the yard. This film offers an unexpected look at prison life, pushing viewers to reach their own conclusions about music, criminality, & humanity.  


17:00 Welcome, Áine Mangaoang
17:10 Film starts
18:45 Q&A with director Ben Harbert 


This free film screening is in conjunction with the Prisons of Note project at the University of Oslo, where Prof. Harbert will deliver a guest lecture on Thurs. 24 August.  

For more information, please contact Dr Áine Mangaoang:


Reviews for Follow Me Down

“Well conceived and thoughtful in its representation of the topic, Follow Me Down will be of great interest to ethnomusicologists, Americanists, anthropologists, and other scholars in the humanities and social sciences interested specifically in music and prison life, or music and music making in the context of adversity. It also provides a great educational resource for exploring questions of music and meaning (personal, spiritual, and social), musical continuity and change (in comparison with Lomax’s earlier work), musical ethnography, and ethnographic filmmaking at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.”— Francisco Lara, Independent Scholar for University of Illinois Press on behalf of Society for Ethnomusicology

“It brings us up to date on the music of the people who are imprisoned in this country. We can no longer imagine it to be the work songs of 70 years’s a really groundbreaking film....a very important film.” — Anthony Seeger, Director Emeritus, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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3:30 PM15:30

Det humanistiske fakultet: Filip-André Baarøy intervju med Áine Mangaoang

"Fanger måtte danse som Michael Jackson. Oppstilt danser fangene i det filippinske fengselet til «Thriller».  – Musikk er et effektivt maktmiddel, sier forsker Áine Mangaoang."

Article by Fillip-André Baarøy for the University of Oslo's Humanities Faculty website, available here (in Norwegian). 

Accompanying short interview: "Musikk kan brukes til tortur // Music can be used for torture" available here (in English). 

Published July 4, 2017. 

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Society for Musicology in Ireland: Career Forum
12:00 PM12:00

Society for Musicology in Ireland: Career Forum

The Society for Musicology in Ireland: Second SMI Careers Forum on Thesis Completion & Publishing

The Joint Society for Musicology Ireland / International Council for Traditional Musics Postgraduate Conference, University College Dublin

Further information can be found here

Details of the careers forum, including links to graduate journals and funding sources, the speakers’ biographies, and acknowledgements here

Please see the Careers Forum Archive for previous SMI Careers Fora.

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10:00 AM10:00

Music, Photographs & Stories from the Archives

Public exhibition, discussion and live music event.

The event includes an exhibition of items from two of Liverpool’s hidden archives, the Institute’s Popular Music Archive and Open Eye Gallery’s archive, selected and curated by project participants. Live jazz from the Martin Smith Quartet will soundtrack the afternoon, along with new remixes from our vinyl archive by DJs Adam Sadiq and Ben Riley. The event closes with a public discussion on the meaning of music, photography and materiality in the digital era.

Co-hosted by the Institute of Popular Music Archive (University of Liverpool), Liverpooljazz, & the Open Eye Gallery. 

Further information can be found here

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