Keynote Speakers


Philip V. Bohlman is Ludwig Rosenberger Distinguished Service Professor in Jewish History in the Department of Music at the University of Chicago, where he is also artistic director of the ensemble-in-residence, the New Budapest Orpheum Society. His research ranges widely across religious, racial, and cultural encounter in Europe, North America, the Middle East, and South Asia. He is Honorarprofessor at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. He has received the British Academy’s Derek Allen Prize, the Jaap Kunst and Bruno Nettl prizes from the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Noah Greenberg Award and the Ruth Solie Prize from the American Musicological Society, and the 2018 Koizumi Fumio Prize of Japan. Among his recent books are Jewish Music and Modernity (Oxford University Press), Hanns Eisler – In der Musik ist es anders (with Andrea F. Bohlman; Hentrich & Hentrich), Jazz Worlds/World Jazz (co-edited with Goffredo Plastino; University of Chicago Press), and Song Loves the Masses: Herder on Music and Nationalism (with Johann Gottfried Herder; University of California Press), and the CDs, Jewish Cabaret in Exileand As Dreams Fall Apart (Cedille Records), which received a nomination for a 2015 Grammy Award.

Please download Dr. Bohlman’s presentation abstract here: Bohlman_Helsinki_title_abstract



Hannu Salmi (b. 1961) is professor of cultural history at the University of Turku in Finland. He serves also as Academy Professor in 2017–2021 and leads a research project Viral Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Europe. His research interests focus on the cultural history of the nineteenth century, music and media history, digital humanities, and the history of emotions and the senses. He is the founding member of the International Society for Cultural History (ISCH). He was also the first chair of the ISCH in 2008–2013. He is the author of Nineteenth-Century Europe: A Cultural History (Polity, 2008, Polish translation in 2010) and Wagner and Wagnerism in Nineteenth-Century Sweden, Finland, and the Baltic Provinces: Reception, Enthusiasm, Cult (University of Rochester Press, 2005). He is also the editor of Travelling Notions of Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Europe(Routledge, 2016) and Catastrophe, Gender and Urban Experience, 1648–1920(Routledge, 2017). Currently he is editing the volume Routledge Companion to Cultural History in the Western World (forthcoming in 2019), together with Alessandro Arcangeli and Jörg Rogge.

Please download Dr. Salmi’s presentation abstract here: Salmi_Helsinki_abstract




Riitta Rainio is an Academy research fellow at the University of Helsinki, Department of Cultures. She studied musicology and archaeology at the University of Helsinki and received her PhD in Musicology in 2010. Dr. Rainio specializes in music archaeology, archaeoacoustics and soundscape studies. Her current research project “Acoustics and auditory culture at hunter-gatherer rock art sites in Northern Europe, Siberia and North America” is funded by the Academy of Finland in 2018–2023.

Please download Dr. Rainio’s abstract here: Abstract_Rainio