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Pirkko Moisala

Pirkko Marjatta Moisala
Born November 14 1953, Taivalkoski

Masters in Philosophy 1982, Musicology, University of Helsinki
Licentiate in Philosophy 1988, Musicology, University of Helsinki
Doctor of Philosophy 1991, Musicology, University of Turku

Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, University of Helsinki 2008-
Professor of Musicology, University of Turku, 1997 (acting) and 2007-2008; Professor of Musicology, Åbo Akademi University, 1998-2007
Associate Professor, University of Turku, 1990-1997
Researcher, Academy of Finland, 1987-1990
Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, Sibelius Academy, 1984-1987
Acting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Helsinki, 1983-1984

Research interests
Socially aware methodology of music research; indigenous peoples, well-being, and music; constructing ethnicity and belonging through music; music examined from the point of view of gender and feminism

Current Research Projects
Deleuzian Music Research (Academy of Finland), 2012–2016
Indigenous Musics and Well-being (Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki), 2011-

Previous Research Projects
Finland Swedishness Constructed Through Music (Swedish Literary Society in Finland), 2007–2011
Feminist Music Research (Academy of Finland), 1998–2002
Finnishness Constructed Through Music (Academy of Finland), 1993–1997

Awards and Special Accomplishments
Silver Medal, World Didac Foundation, 1988
Honorary dedication, Music Museum of Nepal, 2014

Photo: Mika Federley
Written by Pirkko Moisala

More on Pirkko Moisala Online

  • ‘Deleuzian Music Research’ project, led by Pirkko Moisala website
  • Pirkko Moisala's video interview on her Indigenous Musics and Well-Being research project, which studies the musical conventions of the Sámi people, the Nepalese, the indigenous Canadians and Bolivian Cholitas, as promoters of well-being in the community. Humanistinen tutkimus vaikuttaa ('Humanities research makes a difference') website of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki.
  • ‘Tiedekesä: Naisen heinäkuu tutkija Pirkko Moisala’ ('The Summer of Science: Women's July. Researcher Pirkko Moisala'), Moisala's interview on Yle's Women's Summer of Science radio series, Yle Radio 1, July 4, 2014
  • Pirkko Moisala's acceptance speech on being awarded an honorary dedication from the Music Museum of Nepal. Moisala has conducted ethnomusicological research on Nepalese musics since 1975.
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