VOICES, SPACES, SENSES – International Research Symposium on Kaija Saariaho’s Music

VOICES, SPACES, SENSES – International Research Symposium on Kaija Saariaho’s Music

Helsinki, Finland, 12-13 October 2012 at the Helsinki Music Centre

Call for Papers

Kaija Saariaho has been recognized by many award-giving institutions, festivals and concert halls as one of the prominent contemporary art music composers in the Western world. In addition to impressing concert audiences and journalists, her unique music idiom has fascinated researchers all over the world. We have the honour to invite researchers from musicology and related fields to a scholarly symposium that studies Kaija Saariaho’s music and career development to celebrate the 60th birthday of the composer.

Voices, Spaces, Senses symposium will offer an interdisciplinary forum for researchers who share the passion for diverse multisensory, spatial, timbral, aesthetic, cultural, socio-material, embodied, narrative and counternarrative aspects on Saariaho’s music. With this extensive range of themes the symposium aims to become a substratum for fruitful discussions and networks, as well as for novel scholarly collaborations.

Kaija Saariaho has promised to be present at the symposium, which will include a dialogic session with her. Participants are asked to send questions to her in advance. After the research symposium, a one-day festival will be organized in honour of Kaija Saariaho on October 14, 2012 at the Helsinki Music Centre.


We welcome proposals for 20-minute paper presentations on above-mentioned themes and perspectives. The proposals should be a maximum of 300 words long and include
1) the name of the participant, 2) the affiliation of the participant, and 3) the short CV or biography, as well as 4) the title of the presentation and 5) information about the technical equipment required.

Please send your proposal with the information requested to the following email address: saariaho.symposium [at] siba.fi.

The deadline for the proposals is April 15, 2012.

The proposals will be peer-reviewed anonymously. Successful contributors will be notified via email by late May 2012.

The language of the symposium is English.


The symposium is organised by the Department of Voice, Sibelius Academy and the Department of Musicology at the University of Helsinki, and held at the Helsinki Music Centre (address: Mannerheimintie 13 a, 00100 Helsinki).

The organizing committee:
Postdoctoral researcher Liisamaija Hautsalo, Ph.D., Sibelius Academy (chair of the committee) Professor Pirkko Moisala, Ph.D., University of Helsinki Assistant professor Taina Riikonen, Ph.D., Sibelius Academy

For further information, see www.siba.fi/saariaho, or contact, saariaho.symposium [at] siba.fi.