Talks

Besides papers at conferences and scientific meetings, I give popular talks on topics centering around my specialities. These are accompanied by audiovisual presentations and—according to the subject of the talk—demonstrations of musical instruments and sound tools. I have given talks at museums, institutions and organizations, including The Østfold Museum Foundation, Follo Museum (Drøbak), The Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Sommerøya Elektronika Festival, Museum of Cultural History (Oslo), Numedal Medieval Festival, Rotary, Kiwanis, Nesodden historielag, U3A.

Popular talks (examples)

  •    Rhythms of the Past and the Archaeology of the Groove
    Norwegian: Rytmer fra fortiden og groovens arkeologi
  •    When did our Ancestors Start Humming, Singing, Playing and Dancing? And Why did they do it?
    Norwegian: Når startet våre forfedre og formødre å nynne, synge, spille og danse? Og hvorfor gjorde de det?
  •    Instruments and Music in Hanseatic Times
    Norwegian: Instrumenter og musikk i hansatiden
  •    Soundscape, Music and the Environment
    Norwegian: Lydlandskap, musikk og miljø
  •    Does Music Mean Anything, and if so: Why Does it Mean What it Means?
    Norwegian: Betyr musikk noe, og i så fall: Hvorfor betyr det det det betyr?
  •     The Musical Expressions of the Romani People in Norway
    Norwegian: Romanifolkets musikalske uttrykksformer i Norge
  •    Excavated Sounds: Archaeology as a Source to the History of Music
    Norwegian: Utgravde klanger: Arkeologi som kilde til musikkhistorie

Conference presentations

  • 2018 Fagernes

    Musikk som tidskapsel?

    Musikk og dans på museum – kulturarv eller levande samtidsuttrykk? Valdres Folk Museum, Fagernes, 22 October

  • 2018 Barcelona

    Sound Communication in Non-Reverberating Acoustical Spaces

    24th Annual Meeting, European Association of Archaeologists, University of Barcelona, 8 September

  • 2018 Reichenau

    Political Activism and the Green Musical Wave in Norway

    Participatory Approaches to Music and Democracy, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Hotel Marienhof, Reichenau and der Rax, 10 August

  • 2017 Tokyo

    Music Archaeology in Scandinavia

    Meeting of Japan Music Archaeology Studying Group, Nezu, Tokyo, 1 July

  • 2017 Oslo

    Hva kjennetegner de reisendes musikk?

    ‘Romanifolkets/taternes språk og musikk – og Eilert Sundts bidrag til deres historie’. Seminar arranged by the Language Council of Noway, Oslo, 22 June

  • 2016 Wuhan

    The Earliest Excavated Jew’s Harps: A Find From a Lower Xiajiadian Site in Liaoning Province

    10th Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology, Hubei Provincial Museum, Wuhan, China, 24 October

  • 2015 Biskupin

    The Musical Bow in Prehistorical Europe

    14th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music Archaeology. Biskupin Archaeological Museum, Poland, 17 August

  • 2015 Fagernes

    Konstruksjon, rekonstruksjon, revitalisering, modernisering. Noen refleksjoner om strategier for bruk av fortidas instrumenter

    Annual seminar of Norsk folkemusikklag, Valdres Folk Museum, Fagernes, 23 April

  • 2014 Gdansk

    Some Experiences and Reflections around Ringing Stones in Norway

    Sounding Stones International Conference, Gdansk Archaeological Museum, 14 December

  • 2014 Berlin

    Jew’s Harps of Bone, Wood and Metal: How to Understand Construction, Classification and Chronology?

    9th Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology, Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin, 12 September

  • 2013 Vilnius

    Music Archaeology. Material, Methods, Musical Possibilities

    International Conference NordTrad 2013, LMTA, Vilnius, 17 April

  • 2013 Notodden

    Smak, kvalitet og verdi i folkekulturen

    Lecture at PhD-course, Telemark University College, Notodden Campus, 22 April

  • 2012 Derry

    New Directions in Contemporary Fiddle Playing in Norway

    North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, University of Ulster, Derry, 1 July

  • 2012 Oulu

    Classification of Sound Tools and Soundscapes of and in Ancient Societies

    XII Nordic TAG, University of Oulu, 25 April

  • 2011 Rauland

    Musisering som metode, medium og mål

    Lecture at the seminar ‘Fenomenologi i kulturstudiene’ (‘Phenomenology in Cultural Studies’), Telemark University College, 3 November

  • 2011 Oslo

    Romanifolkets musikalske uttrykksformer

    Presentation of research project at ‘Contact forum between national minorities and the central authorities”, arranged by The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs (FAD), Oslo, 31 October

  • 2011 Elverum

    Vern og videreføring av de reisendes musikktradisjoner

    Seminar of Norwegian Museums Association ‘Museene og formidling av vår mangfoldige kulturarv’. Glomdalsmuseet, Elverum, 27 April

  • 2010 Gjøvik

    The Early Lyre in Scandinavia

    3rd Nordic Harp Meeting, Gjøvik, 6 November

  • 2010 Vasa

    Folkemusikk i Norge anno 2010: Nye scener, medier og identiteter

    Seminar ‘Tradition och innovation – den nya folkmusiken’, arr. Finlands svenska folkmusikinstitut/Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland, Vasa, 16 October

  • 2010 Tianjin

    Tradition: Between Past and Present in Music Archaeology

    7th Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology, Tianjin Conservatory of Music, 21 September

  • 2009 Halden

    ’Romanifolkets musikalske uttrykksformer’ Forskningsprosjekt støttet av NFR

    En gang var vi som vinden. Nordisk kvedarseminar (arr. Norsk kvedarforum, Norsk folkemusikklag og Østfold musikkråd), Halden, 5 September

  • 2009 Helsinki

    ‘See My Fire’: Authenticity, Identity and a Norwegian Romani Song

    Annual Meeting and Conference of the Gypsy Lore Society, University of Helsinki, 28 August. With Mary Barthelemy and Henning Gustavsen.

  • 2009 London

    Biographical Dictionary of Music Archaeology: A New Historiographical Initiative

    Study Day on Historiographical Topics in Ethnomusicology and Music Archaeology, Institute of Musical Research, University of London. 4 June

  • 2009 Rauland

    Norden som musikalsk region. Bevegelser i folkemusikalske landskap, stiler og identiteter

    Annual Seminar of Norsk Folkemusikklag, Telemark University College, 12 February

  • 2008 Oslo

    The Musical Expressions of the Romani People in Norway – a Preliminary Report from a Research Project

    Research seminar The music and culture of the Romani People in Norway, Sweden and Finland. Norwegian Collection of Folk Music, University of Oslo, 8 November

  • 2008 Berlin

    The Problem of Ethnocentricity in Music Archaeology

    5th Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology, Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin, 9 September

  • 2008 Prague

    National Heritage and the Norwegian Romanies

    Joint paper with Mary Barthelemy and Atle Lien Jenssen at the fifth meeting of the ICTM Study Group Music and Minorities, arr. Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague, 26 May.

  • 2006 Berlin

    Animal Bells in Early Scandinavian Soundscapes

    5th Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology, Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin, 20 September

  • 2006 Varna

    Development of Musical Style and Identity Among the Romani People of Norway

    Fourth Meeting of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Minorities, arr. Bulgarian Academy of Science, Varna, 27 August

  • 2001 Rauland

    Christian Leden (1882–1957) – a Forgotten Ethnomusicologist of Arctic Peoples

    European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (ESEM), 17th Annual Conference, 7 September

  • 1998 Michaelstein

    Archaeological Jew’s Harp Finds in Europe: Chaos or Coherence?

    1st Symposium of the International Study Group on Music Archaeology, Kloster Michaelstein, Germany, 21 May

  • 1999 Åbo

    Searching for Music of the Past: Evidence and Experience

    The Skagerak Network, Research seminar, Åbo, 1 October

  • 1997 Oslo

    Analysemetoder hos Blacking og Feld: Kulturell musikk eller musikalsk kultur?

    The Skagerak Network, Research seminar, Lysebu, Oslo, 21 November

  • 1997 York

    The Archaeology of the European Jew’s Harp

    Presentation of research project, York Archaeological Trust, 28 October