Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


Associate Professor/Reader (docent) in Musicology and Assistant Professor of Intermedial Studies (with special emphasis on music). Mats received his doctorate in 2007 at the University of Gothenburg on a dissertation about Swedish art music during the post-war period with particular focus on aesthetic and social aspects. After the dissertation, he has conducted research on how music relates to other art and media forms such as poetry, literature, visual arts, film, album covers, etc. In his monograph An Imaginary Musical Road Movie (2016) the focus is on concepts such as meaning, semiotics and narrativity. In addition, he as written about the boundaries between humanistic disciplines and fields of study, but also an essay entitled I think (2018). He is not only interested in musicological and intermedial issues but also in issues dealing with cultural sciences in general – this is reflected in his extensive teaching experience.


About the research

My research interests are multidisciplinary in character and can be divided into four research areas:

1) Music and intellectual history. This area has resultet into two studies: My dissertation on the one hand, which dealt with the social and aesthetic aspects of Swedish art music during the Post-War II period. A study on the concept of crisis on the other hand, and its relation to Swedish art music.

2) Music and intermediality. This has resulted in one short study dealing with the composer Gustav Mahler's third symphony, particularly the relationship between words, images and music. Another study has resulted in a monograph dealing with the American composer and jazz pianist Brad Mehldau's Highway Rider (2010), with a special focus on transmediality and narrativity. At the moment I'm doing resarch about word and music relations, audio narratives and what it means to think in, about and around music.

3) The relationship between musicology as a discipline and intermedial studies as a field of research. This interest has resulted in two studies: One that deals with musicology and intermedial studies (2012) in general, another that deals with the impact of cultural studies on musicology with special focus on word and music studies.

4) General interest in cultural sciences. This interest has resulted in autoethnographic study about type 1 diabets (2016), but also a short essay book about the Swedish philosopher, novelist and poet Lars Gustafsson (2018).


Books (3)
Editorships (1)
Articles (3)
Book chapters (6)
Conference contributions (11)
Reviews (4)
Miscellaneous (1)

Research portal (Lund University)


Other tasks and qualifications

Mats Arvidson

Reader, Senior Lecturer
Division of Intermedia Studies
Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

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E-mail mats.arvidsonkultur.luse

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