Helsinki, Friday, September 9th 2022


This seminar aims to bring together researchers and musicians whose work involves crossing national, cultural, social and/or musical borders. Musicians cross borders in artistic encounters, but also researchers in the field of ethnomusicology commonly participate in the musical practices of their research collaborators. The World Wide Women project team has noticed that border-crossing raises similar questions for musicians and researchers, especially as they seek to enter respectful research and work relationships with their collaborators. We have found that ethically and politically accountable research and/or artistic practices involve thinking hard about the various ways in which global and local power structures such as racism, gender ideologies, cultural appropriation, and access to resources affect one’s work. However, rather than focusing on problems caused by structural inequalities, our desire is to learn from the insights that the participants have gained during their research and/or artistic projects.

Preliminary Schedule


Shzr Ee Tan (Royal Holloway, UK): “10 Provocations for Decolonising Music: Bad Faith, Culture Wars, Safe Spaces, Brave Conversations”


Short presentations of participants’ projects and discussion (with coffee break)

The seminar takes place at Tieteiden talo (House of Sciences and Letters), Kirkkokatu 6, room 504


Music program is planned for the evening, details TBC

Practical information

We welcome participation by musicians and music scholars interested in discussing the themes of the seminar. In the case that more people want to participate than space allows, priority is given to doctoral candidates, musicians with a master’s or doctoral degree and postdoctoral researchers.

In the afternoon session, we ask participants to give a very short (5 min.) presentation of their recent or ongoing project that involves border-crossing. This presentation can also consist of or include live music or a recording of a musical collaboration. We also ask the participants to reflect in advance on the themes that they would like to discuss with others.

We strongly recommend that active participants also attend the morning session. One cannot participate in the afternoon session only as a listener. Advance registration is required for both seminar sessions. All program is free of charge.

If you would like to participate in the event, please fill out this form by August 19th:

The seminar is organized by the project “World Wide Women – Female Musicians Crossing Borders and Building Futures”, funded by Kone Foundation (2021–2023) and based at the University of Helsinki, in collaboration with the Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology.

WWW project website/blog:

Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology:

Contact person: Elina Seye, elina.seye [at] ()