Mats Arvidson

Mats Arvidson

Senior lecturer, Reader

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General research profile:

I am associate professor (reader) of musicology and senior lecturer in intermedial studies and work widely between and across boundaries. Boundaries constitute markers for my way of moving in and out between disciplines and subjects. I tend to think of myself as a porous washing sponge that soaks up what the context offers. Regardless of what this might be, something always gets stuck in the washing sponge. Even dirt can be useful for the thought. Currently (January 2023) I am loosely sketching ideas that focus on medical terms and concepts and their etymological origins with the aim of integrating them into intermedial and musicological contexts, but also within the humanities in general. The basis of these ideas rests on an exploration of different types of subjectivities and signifying practices.

Keywords: (critical) musicology, intermedial studies, cultural sciences, semiotics, hermeneutics, phenomenology, (medical) humanities


In addition to my research in music-related subject fields, I teach and supervise students in different subjects. My teaching experience is broad and multifaceted, but there is a common denominator: culture as signifying practice. I teach and have taught within the following subjects (in parenthesis exemplification):

  • intermedia studies (the cultural study of intermediality and supervision of bachelor theses)
  • cultural management (cultural theory and supervision of bachelor theses)
  • publishing studies (cultural theory and supervision of bachelor theses)
  • book history (material culture)
  • history of ideas and sciences (the intellectual history of astrobiology)
  • digital cultures (aesthetics and narrativity and supervision of bachelor theses)
  • musicology (method and theory and supervision of bachelor theses)
  • fashion studies (supervision of cbachelor theses)
  • archive studies (supervision of master thesis)

UKÄ subject classification

  • Musicology
  • Humanities
  • Other Humanities
  • Cultural Studies


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