Mats Arvidson

Senior Lecturer, Reader


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).


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)

Recent research outputs

Mats Arvidson, 2020 Feb 7, In : Svensk tidskrift för musikforskning STM-SJM. 101

Research output: Contribution to journalDebate/Note/Editorial

Mats Arvidson, 2019 Sep 21, Kultur X: 10-talet i kulturvetenskaplig belysning. Höög, V., Kärrholm, S. & Nilsson, G. (eds.). Lund: Department of Cultural Sciences, Lund University, p. 187-202 16 p. (Lund Studies in Arts and Cultural Sciences; vol. 24).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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