Mischa van Kan

Mischa van Kan, PhD, is research coordinator at the Swedish Performing Arts Agency

In 2017 he defended his doctoral thesis in musicology Swingin’ Swedes: The Transnational Exchange of Swedish Jazz that analyzed the dissemination and reception of Swedish jazz in the US in the period of 1947-1963. Van Kan’s research topics include border crossings in popular music as well as the interaction between music cultures and media. Specifically, he focuses on how images, ideas and meanings of music change through transnational contacts and movements, as well as how music cultures relate to different media and technologies. These topics raise questions of how music relates to and interacts with ideas of nationality, ethnicity, race, gender and their intersections.

Currently, Mischa van Kan is working on the project The Importance of Record Covers for the Rising Status of Jazz.