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Jon Mikkel Broch Ålvik

Title: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Music, Theatre and Art


Phone: +46 19 303333

Room: M3210

Jon Mikkel Broch Ålvik
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About Jon Mikkel Broch Ålvik

Mikkel Broch Ålvik holds MA and PhD degrees in musicology from the University of Oslo. He specialises in critical musicology and popular music studies, and his teaching and research are characterised by an interdisciplinary approach that links musicology with gender, media, and identity studies.

Ålvik’s chief musicological interests are the broad field of popular music, identity politics, authenticity, theatricality, the music industry, critical historiography, and mediation. He researches into questions of gender and sexuality and the relationship/s between music and technology, with the voice as a central topic of interest.

He also researches into questions of Nordic music and identity, and he is an associated member of the Nordic Sounds critical research group at the University of Oslo.

In addition to his scholarly background, Ålvik also has several years’ experience as a musician in the fields of jazz, rock, and classical music. He has also worked in various capacities in the media, notably as a sub-editor and copy-editor for a range of newspapers, magazines, and publishing houses.

Ålvik is head of the BA programme in musicology, Musik, kultur och medier (Music, Culture, and the Media). In autumn 2021, he teaches the programme’s introductory courses, Musicology: An Introduction 1 and Musicology: An Introduction 2, in Year 1, and the courses, Critical Theory and Music Journalism and Cultural Studies in Year 3. He also teaches musical identities, recording history, and critical and popular music analysis in the Master programme in musicology. Moreover, he teaches research methodology and theory in the preparatory course in artistic research (KoFoFö), theory of authenticity and marketing in Musikerns omvärld, and music analysis in Musikproduktion och songwriting.

Selected Publications

Broch Ålvik, Jon Mikkel. 2021. "The Pleasure(s) of the Pop Text: Subversion and Theatricality in Cloroform and Tove Lo." In Popular Musicology and Identity: Essays in Honour of Stan Hawkins, ed. Kai Arne Hansen, Eirik Askerøi, and Freya Jarman, pp. 82-96. London: Routledge.

Broch Ålvik, Jon Mikkel. 2020. "Kuuk, Skrap, and the Resistance Vernacular." Nordlit, no. 46 (November), pp. 303-317.

Hawkins, Stan, and Broch Ålvik, Jon Mikkel. 2019. "A-ha's 'Take on Me': Melody, Vocal Compulsion, and Rotoscoping." In The Routledge Companion to Popular Music Analysis: Expanding Approaches, ed. Ciro Scotto, Kenneth Smith, and John Brackett, pp. 77-94. London: Routledge.


Articles in journals |  Articles, book reviews |  Chapters in books |  Conference papers | 

Articles in journals

Articles, book reviews

Broch Ålvik, J. M. (2019). Made in Sweden: Studies in popular music. Svensk tidskrift för musikforskning.

Chapters in books

Broch Ålvik, J. M. (2021). The Pleasure(s) of the Pop Text: Subversion and Theatricality in Cloroform and Tove Lo. In: Kai Arne Hansen, Eirik Askerøi, Freya Jarman, Popular Musicology and Identity: Essays in Honour of Stan Hawkins (pp. 82-96). London & New York: Routledge.
Broch Ålvik, J. M. & Hawkins, S. (2019). A-ha's "Take on Me": Melody, Vocal Compulsion, and Rotoscoping. In: Ciro Scotto, Kenneth Smith, John Brackett, The Routledge Companion to Popular Music Analysis: Expanding Approaches (pp. 77-94). New York and London: Routledge.
Broch Ålvik, J. M. (2017). Armed with the Faith of a Child: Marit Larsen and Strategies of Faking. In: Stan Hawkins, The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music and Gender (pp. 253-266). London: Routledge.
Broch Ålvik, J. M. (2013). Det vi ser og det vi ikke ser: Nærhet og avstand hos Marit Larsen og Marion Ravn. In: I Dreamt I Was A Real Boy: Ei utstilling om kjønn i norsk pop og rock (pp. 43-48). Trondheim: Museumsforlaget AS.

Conference papers

Broch Ålvik, J. M. (2019). Between noises: Public spaces, the presence of noise and musical self-care. In: Calvo-Manzano A.,Delgado A.,Perez-Lopez A.,Santiago J.S., INTER-NOISE 2019 MADRID 48th International Congress and Exhibition on Noise Control Engineering2019. Paper presented at The 49th International Congress and Exhibition on Noise Control Engineering (INTER-NOISE 2019), Madrid, Spain, June 16-19, 2019. SOCIEDAD ESPANOLA DE ACUSTICA - Spanish Acoustical Society, SEA.
Broch Ålvik, J. M. (2019). “I do not have an image, I am just who I am”: Marit Larsen, persona and authenticity in popular music. Paper presented at Inaugural International Persona Studies Conference, Newcastle, UK, June 25-26, 2019.
Broch Ålvik, J. M. (2016). “What’s gender got to do with it?” Marit Larsen, Marion Ravn, and Stereotypes of Femininity. Paper presented at GeMUS – Gender and Music: Practices, Performances, Politics, Örebro, Sweden, March 16-18, 2016.
Broch Ålvik, J. M. (2014). Scratching the Surface: Marit Larsen and Marion Ravn – Staging Authenticity, Faking Naïvety and Flaunting Banality. Paper presented at 50th Annual Conference of The Royal Musical Association, Leeds, UK, September 4-6, 2014.
Broch Ålvik, J. M. (2014). The Right to Perform: Simon Frith’s Performing Rites, Anglo-Centrism, and Popular Music. Paper presented at Studying Music - An International Conference in Honour of Simon Frith, Edinburgh, UK, April 10-12, 2014.