Person

Mats Arvidson

Reader, Senior Lecturer

  • Division of Intermedia Studies
  • Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

Contact information

E-mail mats.arvidsonkultur.luse

Phone +46 46 222 40 87

Visiting address
Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address
Box 192, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 30

Room C341

General researcher profile:

Cross-border, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, dual, maybe even multiple research interests in the broad field of cultural science. This is how one might "categorize" my research profile – even if the concept of category itself risks creating problems. Possibly one might call me a "living" interactive category or a dynamic nominalist. Like a porous sponge, I absorb what the context has to offer – if it is interesting and important enough. Regardless, something always gets stuck in the sponge. Dirt can also be useful for the thought.

More specifically, I am an associate professor (reader) of musicology and a senior lecturer in intermedial studies. As an intermedialist, I position myself with my body and my senses not only on but also across borders and study the flow between them. Sometimes I also step into fields that lies beyond the artistic, such as medical humanities and philosophy. Thus, I am not without a discipline.

Research

My profile in Lund University research portal

I am associate professor (reader) of musicology, senior lecturer in intermedia studies and active within a broad field of cultural sciences. This has led to a research activity that is multi- and interdisciplinary in nature, where music usually is in focus, but not solely. My research activities so far have moved in four overlapping areas:

  1. Music from the perspective of history of ideas and sciences
  2. Music and sound from an intermedial perspective
  3. Musicology and intermedial studies as fields of research
  4. Cultural sciences in a broad sense

My dissertation dealt with Swedish art music during the period 1945–1960 and focused on the debates about the social and aesthetic aspects of modern music (Måndagsgruppen). Research on music and sound from an intermedial perspective has varied: from studies of music's relation to record sleeves (Gustav Mahler and Gustav Klimt), to music and narrativity in instrumental music (Brad Mehldau) and the functions of music and sound in radio drama (The Unforgiven).

Musicology has increasingly become fragmented (specialized) in a variety of sub-fields. In recent years, the concept of media has taken on a greater role within the discipline. In this context, I have contributed with perspectives and have published texts concerning the relationship between musicology and intermedial studies. I see this relationship as central to my research science.

The fact that my research activities also move in the broad field of cultural sciences is partly a result of an open institution where collaborations across subject boundaries form a natural part of the activities through various research nodes (for example digital cultures, aesthetic studies, medical humanities and popular culture studies). This has led to two autoethnographic studies in the medical humanities (type 1 diabetes and colon cancer), as well as a collection of essays that revolve around the activities of the author, poet and philosopher Lars Gustafsson.

My current research continues in the above areas: on the one hand a number of case studies on the functions of music and sounds in radio drama, on the relationship between words and music, on mediatized performances, on cover version as intermedial phenomena, and on the other hand in-depth theoretical and methodological perspectives in the practice of interpretation (especially hermeneutic phenomenology).

Books (3)

Editorships (1)

Articles (4)

Book chapters (7)

Conference contributions (11)

Reviews (4)

Miscellaneous (1)

Other tasks and qualifications

Mats Arvidson

Reader, Senior Lecturer

  • Division of Intermedia Studies
  • Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

Contact information

E-mail mats.arvidsonkultur.luse

Phone +46 46 222 40 87

Visiting address
Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address
Box 192, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 30

Room C341

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