Janne Mäkelä

  • Visiting researcher, Historiafoorumi, Research hub

Job description

I am currently working as part-time researcher in the project Translocal Cultural Fields. Funded by the Academy of Finland and directed by professor Vesa Kurkela, the project focusses on music as a cultural and economic enterprise in Finnish urban environments between 1900 and 1939. I am interested in the role of foreign musicians in the 1920s as well as in the changes that the arrival of film music brought in the early 1930s.


I am adjunct professor of history of popular culture in the University of Turku where I received my PhD degree in 2002. As researcher, I have predominantly dealt with issues of popular music and identity yet I have also touched questions of archiving and digitization. From 2017 to 2019 I worked as project manager in the National Library of Finland. Between 2008 and 2015, I worked as director of Finnish Jazz & Pop Archive JAPA (currently Music Archive Finland), and from 2004 to 2007 I was a postdoctoral researcher of the Academy of Finland at the University of Helsinki and member of the research project Starnet: Changing Discourses of Popular Music Stardom (University of Turku). Other activities include literature and film reviews, songwriting and performing (e.g. Transkaakko) and writing thrillers.


  • populaarimusiikki
  • kulttuurihistoria