Professor Tarja Rautiainen-Keskustalo is a music scholar who brings together perspectives from popular music studies, ethnomusicology and cultural studies. She is especially interested in the construction of musical meanings in different historical and social contexts.
She has studied how these complex, corporeal meanings are mediated both in everyday situations and in institutional contexts where they are a part of, for example, nation building and the discourses of creative economy.
In her recent interdisciplinary research projects she has focused on developing a new synthesis between social sciences and music studies. By developing the concepts of musical agency and materiality of music she aims at a new, cultural, understanding of social affiliation and well-being. See project Live Music Experiences and Social Affiliation among Special Audiences in the Live Streaming Concerts.
Her second area of interest is critical cultural studies, where she has focused on the analysis of the new articulations of musical traditions in the transnational media context. Local music scenes, music ecology and the changing contexts of music industry and consumption are in the center of her study.
– cultural musicology
– popular music studies
– music and media
– music and well-being
Music (culture) and well-being – interdisciplinary research and innovation project (2012-2014)
CAPCULT – Capitalizing Culture (2010 – 2012)