Popular music has come to play a significant role in the political and cultural history of the Nordic countries. Research on the region's culture has largely followed national narratives created by political and economic institutions, even as cultural life in the region-which spans a large area of northern Europe and the North Atlantic-displays more complex geographies and evolving global dynamics. As the first of its kind, The Oxford Handbook of Popular Music
in the Nordic Countries offers a series of exemplary studies of music in these transnational dynamics in the specific context of the region's cultures and natural environments, written by the foremost experts in the field. Chapters highlight and challenge music's place in exotic images of the North and
in transnational environmentalism, tourism, racism, and media industries. The Handbook illustrates how transnational dynamics evolve and shape musical life and the institutional spheres of policy, education, and research.
Fabian Holt is Associate Professor at the University of Roskilde, where he teaches in the Department of Communication and Arts, and Visiting Professor at Humboldt University of Berlin. His publications include Genre in Popular Music (Chicago 2007) and Musical Performance and the Changing City (Routledge 2013, co-edited with Carsten Wergin). Holt was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago 2003-2004 and visiting scholar at Columbia University 2010-2011. Antti-Ville Karja works as Academy Research Fellow at Music Archive JAPA, Helsinki, Finland, with a research project "Music, Multiculturality and Finland" (2014-2018). He is Adjunct Professor of popular music studies at the University of Helsinki and his fields of expertise include music and multiculturalism, historiography of popular music, and music in audiovisual media. He is currently Chair of the Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology. He is also a member of the editorial boards of the journals Perfect Beat and IASPM@journal.