I’m professor of Media Studies at University of Turku. My work has revolved around internet research, affect theory, and pornography for 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 the PI of the Academy of Finland research project, Sexuality and Play in Media Culture (2017-2021) and 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 together with Jenny Sundén (MITP, 2020) and Objectification: On the Difference Between Sex and Sexism with Feona Attwood, Alan McKee, John Mercer, and Clarissa Smith (Routledge, 2020). NSFW: Sex, Humor, and Risk in Social Media, written together with Kylie Jarrett and Ben Light, came out November 2019 with MITP and Many Splendored Things: Thinking Sex and Play was published by Goldsmiths Press in 2018. I’m currently finishing up TechnoPharmacology with Joshua Neves, Aleena Chia and Ravi Sundaram, and preparing a monograph on Yul Brynner.
I’m 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 and Journal of Scandinavian Cinema. I love brutalist architecture, kickboxing and good wine, and can be reached at <suspaa(at)utu.fi>