Kai Arne Hansen

Associate Professor
Faculty of education
Department of Arts and Cultural Studies
Visiting address:
Room: 2K223
Elias Hofgaards Hus (Kontorbygget)
Holsetgata 31 N-2318 Hamar
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Mailing address:
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
Postboks 400
2418 Elverum


Kai Arne Hansen is associate professor of music in the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies. He holds a PhD in critical musicology from the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo, and his primary research interests include popular music and identity, gender and sexuality, contemporary media, narrativity, audiovisual aesthetics, and the musical cultures of children. Hansen is currently working on a monograph that addresses masculinities in contemporary pop music (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), and participates in the EU-funded research project MaMuMi - Mapping the Music of Migration. He is also editor-in-chief of the  Norwegian Journal of Musicology, the primary forum for the publication of musicological research in Norway. 


Selected publications:


2020: Hansen, Kai Arne, Eirik Askerøi and Freya Jarman (eds.).  Popular Musicology and Identity: Essays in Honour of Stan Hawkins. London: Routledge.

2019: Braae, Nick and Kai Arne Hansen (eds.).  On Popular Music and Its Unruly Entanglements. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Journal articles and book chapters

Forthcoming: Hansen, Kai Arne and Steven Gamble. Saturation Season: Inclusivity, Queerness, and Aesthetics in the New Media Practices of Brockhampton. Popular Music and Society 44 (5).

2020: Hansen, Kai Arne. The Earth is Sick: Environmentalism and the Politics of Age and Gender in Children's Musical CultureIASPM Journal 10 (2): 3-19. 

2019: Hansen, Kai Arne.  (Re)Reading Pop Personae: A Transmedial Approach to Studying the Multiple Construction of Artist IdentitiesTwentieth-Century Music 16 (3): 501-529. 

2019: Hansen, Kai Arne.  It's a Dark Philosophy: The Weeknd's Intermedial Aestheticization of Violence. In On Popular Music and Its Unruly Entanglements, edited by Nick Braae and Kai Arne Hansen, 235–255. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 

2019: Hansen, Kai Arne.  The ambiguity of 'new' masculinities: Zayn Malik and disordered eatingCelebrity Studies, Forum. Advance online publication. 

2018: Hansen, Kai Arne.  Sangfoni : Magisk realisme, leken læring og identitetsutforsking i barns audiovisuelle musikkultur. [Sangfoni: Magical Realism, Playful Learning and Exploring Identity in Children’s Audiovisual Music Culture]. Studia Musicologica Norvegica: Norwegian Journal of Musicology 44 (1): 102–117.

2018: Hansen, Kai Arne.  Fashioning a Post Boy Band Masculinity: On the Seductive Dreamscape of Zayn’s  Pillowtalk. Popular Music and Society 41 (2): 194–212.

2018: Hansen, Kai Arne and Stan Hawkins.  Azealia Banks: 'Chasing Time', Erotics, and Body PoliticsPopular Music 37 (2): 157–174.

2017: Hansen, Kai Arne.  Empowered or Objectified? Personal Narrative and Audiovisual Aesthetics in Beyoncé’s PartitionPopular Music and Society 40 (2): 164–180.           

2017: Hansen, Kai Arne.  Holding on for Dear Life: Gender, Celebrity Status, and Vulnerability-on-Display in Sia’s ‘Chandelier’. In The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music and Gender, edited by Stan Hawkins, 89–101. New York: Routledge. 

Publications and projects

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