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I am a music historian, and my research interests are in social, political and cultural history of music. My current research project (2016–2018) examines the music culture of Finnish Americans from the 1890s to the 1930s. The main objectives of the project “Musical transnationalism and translocal networks – Music culture of Finnish emigrants in the USA and Canada from the 1890s to the 1930s” are:
1. Music as a leisure activity and as entertainment
2. Music as a livelihood (agencies, professional musicians, breakthrough of the audio record industry)
3. Music as a mediator of ideologies
I have also done research on the emergence and development of song festivals in Finland and their manifold networks reaching beyond the borders of nation-states from the 1880s to the 1908. The project was a part of a research project funded by the Academy of Finland and the Finnish Cultural Foundation (2011–2015) entitled “Rethinking ‘Finnish’ music history – Transnational construction of musical life in Finland from the 1870s until the 1920s”. The leader of the project was professor Vesa Kurkela.