I’m professor of Media Studies at University of Turku since 2011. My work has revolved around internet research, affect theory, and pornography for some two decades and while my interests have shifted toward materiality and media more generally, I’ve hardly abandoned the topic of porn as such.
I’m currently the PI of the Strategic Research Council consortium, Intimacy in Data-Driven Culture (2019-2022/25) exploring different vulnerabilities connected to data culture, the shapes that intimacies take in networked exchanges, and the avenues that are available for building a more just and open data economy.
Recently, I’ve been working on perhaps too many book-length projects: Dependent, Distracted, Bored: Affective Formations in Networked Media (MIT Press, 2021), Who’s Laughing Now? Feminist Tactics in Social Media with Jenny Sundén (MITP, 2020), Objectification: On the Difference Between Sex and Sexism with Feona Attwood, Alan McKee, John Mercer, and Clarissa Smith (Routledge, 2020) and NSFW: Sex, Humor, and Risk in Social Media, with Kylie Jarrett and Ben Light (MITP 2019), which won the 2020 AoIR Nancy Baym Book Award. The solo project, Many Splendored Things: Thinking Sex and Play, was published by Goldsmiths Press in 2018. I’ve recently finished the short-format TechnoPharmacology with Joshua Neves, Aleena Chia and Ravi Sundaram for University of Minnesota / Meson Press, and am preparing a monograph on Yul Brynner for Edinburgh University Press for their International Film Stars Series.
I’m advisory/editorial board member of the journals Sexualities, New Media & Society, Social Media + Society, Porn Studies, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Postmodern Culture, Capacious, MedieKultur, Monstrum, Kvinder, Køn & Forskning and Journal of Scandinavian Cinema. I love brutalist architecture, kickboxing and good wine, and can be reached at <suspaa(at)utu.fi>