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Ulrik Volgsten

Title: Professor School/office: School of Music, Theatre and Art

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Ulrik Volgsten

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About Ulrik Volgsten

The way we can win while coexisting with our opponents is to make them laugh with us

The same principle is at work when an airplane takes off for to take flight, the forces of propulsion and resistance must work together

–Wayne Shorter

 

Ulrik Volgsten is professor in Musicology. His research is concerned with musical communication in different media. In addition to the conceptual history of Western music (composer, work, listener) and musical aesthetics, an important area of research has been in the fields of cognitive science and the psychology of music. In a number of publications since the late 1990s, Volgsten has pioneered and developed affect theory in music research, especially regarding the role of affect attunement.

Volgsten has partaked in several research projects, both as leader and as participator, among external funders are Vetenskaprådet/The Swedish Research Council, Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond/The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, The Foundation for Biomusicology and Acoustic Ethology, Kulturrådet/Swedish Arts Council, European Support for Culture/Kaleidoscope Programme, Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation.

Volgsten is presently leading the VR-funded project ”Everyday Devices. Mediatisation, Disciplining and Localisation of Music in Sweden 1900-1970”.

Volgsten teaches at both graduate and post graduate levels. Courses include music history, philosophy and aesthetics of music, culture theory, scientific theory and method.

 

Forthcoming publications 2019 (for full list, see link below)

  • ”The feeling of music: Affect, attunement and resonance”, Music, Sound, and Mind, Ed. Antenor Fereira (Rio de Janeiro: Associação Brasileira de Cognição e Artes Musicais, 2019).

 

PhD Students

  • Yiren Zhao: Shaping Music’s Meaning: A Comparative Study of Music Subcultures in China and Sweden
  • Safa Canalp: Subcultural Transfer: Indie Music in Turkey
  • Alexandra Ullsten: Interactive infant-directed singing in music therapy
  • Samuel Karlsson: Cultural Diversity in Swedish Music Teacher Education
  • Jonas Ålander: Music of the Third Space – Transnational Music Practices in Sweden
  • Katarina Lindblad: Older Men, Music and Health
  • Martin Edin: 19th Century Piano Improvisation

 

Research Projects

Research Teams

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Publications

Articles in journals |  Articles, book reviews |  Books |  Chapters in books |  Collections (editor) |  Conference papers |  Doctoral theses, monographs |  Other | 

Articles in journals

Ullsten, A. , Hugosson, P. , Forsberg, M. , Forzelius, L. , Klässbo, M. , Olsson, E. , Volgsten, U. , Westrup, B. & et al. (2017). Efficacy of Live Lullaby Singing During Procedural Pain in Preterm and Term Neonates. Music and Medicine, 9 (2), 73-85.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2017). Live music therapy with lullaby singing as affective support during painful procedures: a case study with microanalysis. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 26 (2), 142-166.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2016). Live music therapy with lullaby singing during painful procedures in neonatal care. Nordisk tidskrift for musikkterapi - Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 25 (Suppl. 1), 79.
Volgsten, U. & Pripp, O. (2016). Music, Memory and Affect Attunement: Connecting Kurdish Diaspora in Stockholm. Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, 8 (2), 144-164.
Volgsten, U. (2015). Work, Form and Phonogram: On the Significance of the Concept of Communication for the Modern Western Concept of Music. International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, 46 (2), 207-232.
Volgsten, U. (2004). Miles Davis: "Om jag blickar bakåt så dör jag!". Hjärnstorm (83/84), 72-74.
Volgsten, U. (2004). Sfärernas musik: tre dissonanser. Hjärnstorm, 85/86, 110-115.
Volgsten, U. (2003). Konsten, konstnären och konstverket: föreställningar, förutsättningar och funktioner under den tidiga moderniteten. Artes: kvartalsskrift för konst, litteratur och musik, 29 (04), 92-103.
Brown, S. & Volgsten, U. (2000). Controlling the music: controlling the listener. Music forum, 6 (3), 23-25.
Volgsten, U. (2000). Music and the ideological body: The aesthetic impact of affect in listening. Nordic Journal of Aesthetics, 22 (1), 83-96.

Articles, book reviews

Volgsten, U. (2014). Anders Hillborg: Liquid Marble (1995/rev. 1997). Stockholms konserthus.
Volgsten, U. (2013). Aisthesis, del 1: en tondöv historia. Nutida Musik.
Volgsten, U. (2013). Den officiella svenska synen på musik är förlegad. Respons: recensionstidskrift för humaniora & samhällsvetenskap (2), 56-58.

Books

Volgsten, U. (2017). Musiken, medierna och lagarna: Musikverkets idéhistoria och etablerandet av en idealistisk musiksyn (2 (reviderad)ed.). Möklinta, Sweden: Gidlunds förlag.

Chapters in books

Pontara, T. & Volgsten, U. (2019). Allmänna teknologier och privata rum: förutsättningar för den digitala tidsålderns  solipsistiska ljudkultur. In: Musikens medialisering och musikaliseringen av medier och vardagsliv i Sverige (pp. 187-205). Lund: Mediehistoria, Lunds universitet.
Volgsten, U. (2019). Fantasy control: Implications for distributed imagination and affect attunement in music and sound. In: Mark Grimshaw-Aagaard, Mads Walther-Hansen & Martin Knakkergaard, The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Imagination, Volume 1 (pp. 229-249). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Volgsten, U. (2019). Inledning: Medialisering och musikalisering i Sverige. In: Ulrik Volgsten, Musikens medialisering och musikaliseringen av medier och vardagsliv i Sverige (pp. 5-21). Lund: Mediehistoria, Lunds universitet.
Volgsten, U. & Pontara, T. (2019). Musikalisering och medialisering. In: Ulrik Volgsten, Musikens medialisering och musikaliseringen av medier och vardagsliv i Sverige (pp. 263-283). Lund: Mediehistoria, Lunds universitet.
Volgsten, U. (2019). Vardagslivets fonografi: Grammofonspelande i Sverige 1903–1945. In: Ulrik Volgsten, Musikens medialisering och musikaliseringen av medier och vardagsliv i Sverige mediehistoriskt arkiv (pp. 25-55). Lund: Mediehistoria, Lunds universitet.
Volgsten, U. (2018). Affekt, minne och identifikation: Om makten över musikens makt. In: Jenny Björkman & Arne Jarrick, Musikens makt (pp. 51-66). Göteborg: Makadam Förlag.
Volgsten, U. (2018). Musik, känslor och identifikation. In: Maria Westvall, Rolf Lidskog & Oscar Pripp, Migration, musik, mötesplatser: Föreningsliv och kulturproduktion i ett föränderligt samhälle (pp. 171-180). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB.
Pontara, T. & Volgsten, U. (2017). Musicalization and Mediatization. In: Oliver Driessens, Göran Bolin, Andreas Hepp, Stig Hjarvard, Dynamics of mediatization: institutional change and everyday transformations in a digital age (pp. 247-269). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
Volgsten, U. (2016). Piracy, musical work, and the monosexual concept of creativity: Time to do away with an obsolete metaphor and affirm the mothership connection?. In: A. Ferreira Corrêa, Music in an Intercultural Perspective (pp. 41-48). Brasilia: Strong Edições.
Volgsten, U. (2014). Identität, Authentizität und Qualität als Komponenten von Kultur. In: Stefan Gies & Frauke Heß, Kulturelle Identität und soziale Distinktion. Innsbruck: Helbling Verlag.
Volgsten, U. (2014). Kulturteori: Introduktion till några centrala teman. In: Øivind Varkøy & Johan Söderman, Musik för alla: Filosofiska och didaktiska perspektiv på musik, bildning och samhälle (pp. 57-78). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB.
Volgsten, U. (2013). Emotions, identity and copyright control: the constitutive role of affect attunement and its implications for the ontology of music. In: Tom Cochrane, Bernardino Fantini, Klaus R. Scherer., The emotional power of music: multidisciplinary perspectives on musical arousal, expression, and social control (pp. 341-356). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Volgsten, U. (2012). Från evig sanning till privat egendom: musik och frånvaron av upphovsrättsligt tänkande i sverige under 1800-talet. In: Halla Sigurdadóttir, Tolvtoner (pp. 58-71). Göteborg: Röhsska Gunnebo Akademien.
Volgsten, U. (2011). Vit makt bortom känsla och förnuft: kan musik hetsa till våldsdåd?. In: Jacob Derkert, Musikvetenskapliga texter : festskrift Holger Larsen 2011. - 2011. (pp. 134-155). Stockholm: Institutionen för musik- och teatervetenskap.
Volgsten, U. (2007). Den förmedlande länken: om språkets och känslornas roll för musikupplevelsen. In: Göran Rossholm, Göran Sonesson, Konstverk och konstverkan (pp. 200-220). Eslöv: Symposion Brutus Östlings bokförlag.
Brown, S. & Volgsten, U. (2006). Aesth/ethic epilogue: is Mozart’s music good?. In: Steven Brown, Ulrik Volgsten, Music and manipulation: on the social uses and social control of music (pp. 365-369). New York: Berghahn Books.
Volgsten, U. (2006). Between ideology and identity: media, discourse and affect in the musical experience. In: Steven Brown, Ulrik Volgsten, Music and manipulation: on the social uses and social control of music (pp. 74-100). New York: Berghahn Books.
Volgsten, U. & Åkerberg, Y. (2006). Copyright, music and morals: on artistic expression and the public sphere. In: Steven Brown, Ulrik Volgsten, Music and manipulation: on the social uses and social control of music (pp. 336-364). New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books.
Volgsten, U. (2003). Musical Semiosis in Action and in Growth.: Prospectus for a Theoretical Model. In: E. Tarasti, P. Forsell, R. Littlefield, Musical Semiotics Revisited: Approaches to Musical Semiotics (pp. 645-658). Helsinki: International Semiotics Institute.
Volgsten, U. (1999). The Sacrifice of Time in Stravinsky's Rite of Spring: Towards a Semio-Phenomenological Account of Musical Perception. In: C. Miereanu, X. Hascher, Les universeaux en musique (pp. 207--217). Paris: Publications de Sorbonne.

Collections (editor)

Brown, S. (ed.) & Volgsten, U. (ed.) (2006). Music and manipulation: on the social uses and social control of music. New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books.
Brown, S. (ed.) & Volgsten, U. (ed.) (2006). Music and manipulation: on the social uses and social control of music (1ed.). New York: Berghahn Books.

Conference papers

Ullsten, A. , Volgsten, U. , Klässbo, M. & Eriksson, M. (2019). Live lullaby singing during painful procedures in preterm and term infants. Paper presented at 12th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain (ISPP 2019), Basel, Switzerland, June 16-20, 2019.
Volgsten, U. (2019). The place of the phonograph and gramophone in Sweden 1900-1945: Mediatization of Music and Musicalization of the Media. Paper presented at Geomedia 2019. Revisiting The Home, Karlstad, Sweden, May 7–10, 2019.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2018). Family-centred music therapy during painful procedures in neonatal care. Paper presented at PEARL/PICH2Go-meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 25-27, 2018.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2018). Family-centred music therapy during painful procedures in neonatal care. Paper presented at 9th Nordic Music Therapy Congress, Stockholm, Sweden, August 8-12, 2018.
Volgsten, U. (2018). Time and space (chronos/choros) in Frank Zappa’s project/object. Paper presented at Third International Conference of The Progect Network for the study of progressive rock, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, May 23-25, 2018.
Volgsten, U. (2018). Utilitarian vs. solipsistic phonography in early 20th-century Sweden - mediatization of music and musicalization of the media. Paper presented at Early Recording Technologies: Transnational Practices, History and Heritage, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, June 15, 2018.
Ullsten, A. , Hugoson, P. , Forsberg, M. , Forzelius, L. , Klässbo, M. , Olsson, E. , Volgsten, U. , Westrup, B. & et al. (2017). Efficacy of Live Lullaby Singing During Procedural Pain in Preterm and Term Neonates. Paper presented at Forum Värmland 2017, Landstinget i Värmland och Karlstads universitet, Karlstad, Sweden, February 14, 2017.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2017). Live music therapy with lullaby singing during painful procedures in neonatal care. Paper presented at Man and Sound Environment 2017, Ljudmiljöcentrum, Lunds universitet, Lund, November 16, 2017.
Volgsten, U. & Pontara, T. (2017). Musicalization and mediatization. Paper presented at Mirac 2017 (Music Focused Interdisciplinary Research & Analysis Center), Stockholm, Sweden, November 22-23, 2017.
Volgsten, U. (2017). The place of the phonograph and gramophone in Sweden 1900-1925. Paper presented at The Place of Music, Loughborough University, UK, June 28-29 2017.
Volgsten, U. (2017). Vardagens apparatur: musiklyssnande i Sverige 1900-1945. Paper presented at Musik och tanke, Palaestra et Odeum, Lund, Sweden, June 12, 2017.
Volgsten, U. & Pontara, T. (2016). Here, there and everywhere: On the Musicalization of everyday life. Paper presented at 6th European Communication Conference. Mediated (Dis)Continuities: Contesting Pasts Presents and Futures (ECREA 2016), Prague, Czech Republic, November 9-12, 2016.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2016). Live music therapy with lullaby singing as affective support during venepuncture. A case study with microanalysis of two premature born infants. In: Lars Berglund, Musikforskning i dag, Linnéuniversitetet, Växjö, 14–16 juni 2016. Paper presented at Musikforskning i dag, Linnéuniversitetet, Växjö, 14–16 juni, 2016 (pp. 31-31). Växjö, Sweden: Linnéuniversitetet.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2016). Live music therapy with lullaby singing during painful procedures in neonatal care. Paper presented at 10th European Music Therapy Conference Vienna 2016, Vienna, Austria, July 5-9, 2016.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2016). Live music therapy with lullaby singing during painful procedures in neonatal care. Paper presented at Vårmöte i Perinatologi. 14 April, 2016, Örebro.
Volgsten, U. & Pontara, T. (2016). Mediatization and Musicalization: On the Ubiquity and Redefinition of Music in the Modern World. In: Musikforskning i dag. Paper presented at Musicology Today, Linnæus University, Växjö, Sweden, June 14-16, 2016 (pp. 25-26).
Volgsten, U. (2016). Music, imagination, and affect attunement: an extended model. Paper presented at The Nordic Society of Aesthetics Annual Conference: Philosophy, Imagination, and the Arts, Uppsala, Sweden, May 26-28, 2016.
Volgsten, U. (2016). Vad gör lyssnare?: Om affekt, fantasi och inbillning. Paper presented at Vad gör tonsättare? Forskning om att skriva musik i vår tid, Kungl. Musikaliska akademien, Stockholm, Sweden, April 6, 2016.
Volgsten, U. (2015). Between critic and public: listening to the musical work in Stockholm during the 19th century. Paper presented at Nordic Musicological Congress 2015, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, August 11-14, 2015.
Volgsten, U. & Burlin, T. (2015). Everyday Devices: Mediatisation, Disciplining and Localisation of Music in Sweden 1900-1970. Paper presented at Mediatisation of Culture and Everyday Life, Stockholm, Sweden, April 23-24, 2015.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2015). Live music therapy with lullaby singing as affective support during venepuncture. A case study with microanalysis of two premature born infants.. Paper presented at The 8th Nordic Music Therapy Congress, Oslo, Norway, 5th - 8th August, 2015.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2015). Live music therapy with lullaby singing as affective support during venepuncture. A case study with microanalysis of two premature born infants.. Paper presented at The 10th International Forum on Pediatric Pain (IFPP), Nova Scotia, Canada, October 1-4th, 2015.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2015). Live music therapy with lullaby singing as affective support during venepuncture: A case study with microanalysis of two premature born infants. Paper presented at Nobel Day Festivities at School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden, December 10, 2015.
Westvall, M. , Lidskog, R. , Pripp, O. , Sernhede, O. , Söderman, J. & Volgsten, U. (2014). A study of the role of music in ethnic-based associations in three Swedish cities. Paper presented at Nordic Network for Research in Music Education (NNMpF), Stockholm, Sweden, April 23-25, 2014.
Volgsten, U. (2013). Identität, Authentizität und Qualität als Komponenten von Kultur. Paper presented at Kulturelle Identitet und soziale Distinktion. Herausforderungen für Konzepte musikalischer Bildung. Kassel 22-23 März, 2013.
Volgsten, U. (2013). Lyssnarhistoriska förutsättningar för musikfonogrammet. Paper presented at Musikvetenskap idag, Stockholm, 12-14 juni 2013.
Volgsten, U. (2013). Piracy, Musical Work, and the Monosexual Concept of Creativity: Who is pirating who?. Paper presented at On the Move: ACSIS conference 11–13 June, Norrköping.
Volgsten, U. (2013). Piracy, musical work, and the monosexual concept of creativity: time to do away with an obsolete metaphor and affirm the mothership connection?. Paper presented at Pirating the Popular. Popular Culture and World Politics. September 13-14 2013, Stockholm, Sweden.
Volgsten, U. (2012). Music, media and the law: the musical work and the establishing of an idealistic copyright. Paper presented at Sixteenth Nordic Musicological Congress, 7-10 August 2012 Stockholm University.
Volgsten, U. (2011). Fonogrammets roll för synen på det förtingligade musikverket i det tidiga upphovsrättsliga tänkandet. Paper presented at Musikforskning idag, Uppsala universitet, 14-16 juni 2011.

Doctoral theses, monographs

Volgsten, U. (1999). Music, mind and the serious Zappa: the passions of a virtual listener. (Doctoral dissertation). Stockholm: Stockholm University.

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