Sverker Hyltén-Cavallius

Sverker Hyltén-Cavallius. Foto: Hjalmar Hyltén-Cavallius.

Sverker Hyltén-Cavallius. Foto: Hjalmar Hyltén-Cavallius.

Research archivist Sverker Hyltén-Cavallius is an associate professor of ethnology at Stockholm University and has previously worked as senior lecturer and researcher at Stockholm University and the University of Gothenburg.

In his research, Hyltén-Cavallius has mainly focused on issues of music, generation and representations of history on the one hand, and popular culture, storytelling and social media on the other. The thesis Minnets spelrum (A Margin for Memory, 2006) examines formations of pensionerhood in different music contexts, and in Retrologier (Retrologies, 2014) examines how different pasts are shaped and negotiated in networks around rock music from the 1970s. From 2017 to 2020 Hyltén-Cavallius led the research project Kreativa förflyttningar (Creative transitions) at Musikverket (presented in the anthology of the same name, see below), and in 2019-2021 he was part of the research project Classical music for a mediatized world together with researchers at the University of Gothenburg and Stockholm University.

Hyltén-Cavallius is chair of the Swedish national committee of the ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music).

Select publications in English

Kreativa förflyttningar: Musikaliska flöden i 1960- och 1970-talens Sverige (Hyltén-Cavallius, Sverker red.) Möklinta: Gidlunds. 2022.

Classical Music Goes Viral: Memeings and Meanings of Classical Music in the Wake of Coronavirus. Special Collection: Representing Classical Music in the Twenty-First Century. Curtin, Adrian & Adam Whitaker (red.). Open Library of the Humanities 7(2):1-23. 2021.


Memeing Music: Canon, Play and Competence in Digital Folklore about Classical Music. Ethnologia Scandinavica 2021:51:102-118. 2021.

 “What the heck happened to the accordion player?” Music, Movement and Modernity in Two Oral Narratives. Western Folklore 79:4 (Fall 2020):349-375. 2020.

“The beginning of a new society”. Forms of politics in late 1960s Swedish alternative music. Nätverket 2020:22:43-49. 2020.

Progg: Utopia and Chronotope. I: Made in Sweden: Studies in Popular Music. Björnberg, Alf & Thomas Bossius (red.). New York: Routledge. 2017.

Swedish Prog Rock and the Search for a Timeless Utopia. (med Lars Kaijser) I: Oxford Handbook of Popular Music in the Nordic Countries. Holt, Fabian & Antti-Ville Kärjä (red.). New York: Oxford University Press. 2017.

Retrologier. Musik, nätverk och tidrum. Höör: Symposion. 2014.

"Back to the future? Two musical pasts and their futures.Norient Online Academic Journal. Special issue: The Future(s) of Music. 2013.

"Affective ordering: on the organization of retrologies in music networks." Ethnologia Scandinavica 2012 (tillsammans med Lars Kaijser).

"Memoryscapes and mediascapes: musical formations of ‘pensioners’ in late 20th century Sweden." As Time goes by. Popular music, ageing and the elderly. Special issue of Popular Music. Vol 31/2:279-295. 2012.

Minnets spelrum. Om musik och pensionärskap. Falun & Hedemora: Gidlunds. 2006. Diss.