I’m professor of Media Studies at University of Turku. My work has revolved around internet research, affect theory, and pornography for closer to two decades. While my interests have been shifting towards materiality, media, sexuality, and affect more generally, I’ve hardly abandoned the topic of porn as such.
I’m currently working on perhaps too many book-length projects: Dependent, Distracted, Bored: Affective Formations in Networked Media for MIT Press; Who’s Laughing Now? Feminist Tactics in Social Media together with Jenny Sundén for MITP, and yet another on the notion of objectification with Feona Attwood, Alan McKee, John Mercer, and Clarissa Smith for Routledge. NSFW: Sex, Humor, and Risk in Social Media, written together with Kylie Jarrett and Ben Light, is forthcoming in October from with MITP, while my solo project, Many Splendored Things: Thinking Sex and Play, was published by Goldsmiths Press in 2018.
I’m the PI of the Academy of Finland research project, Sexuality and Play in Media Culture (2017-2021) and the Academy of Finland strategic research project, Intimacy in Data-Driven Culture (2019-2022), and editorial board member in e.g. the journals Sexualities, New Media & Society, Social Media + Society, Porn Studies, International Journal of Cultural Studies.
I love kickboxing and good wine, and can be reached at <suspaa(at)utu.fi>