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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 2019, he teaches the programme’s introductory courses, Musicology 1 and Musicology 2, as well as Ethnomusicology. At BA level, he also teaches research methodology and theory in the school's preparatory course in artistic research (KoFoFö), theory of authenticity and marketing in Musikerns omvärld (Musikproduktion 5), and music analysis and academic writing in Musikproduktion 1 and 3. At MA level, he teaches courses in the aesthetics of music and the cultural study of music in the musicology programme.


Selected Publications

Broch Ålvik, Jon Mikkel. 2019. "Touching From A Distance: Imagining Marit Larsen in Queer Spaces." Radical Musicology Volume 7, Special Edition: "Queer Sounds and Spaces".

Broch Ålvik, Jon Mikkel. 2019. "Made in Sweden: Studies in Popular Music." Swedish Journal of Music Research, Vol. 101, 2019.

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


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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. (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.

Conference papers

Broch Ålvik, J. M. (2019). Between noises: Public spaces, the presence of noise and musical self-care. Paper presented at The 49th International Congress and Exhibition on Noise Control Engineering (INTER-NOISE 2019), Madrid, Spain, June 16-19, 2019.
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.