Education and degrees awarded

  • 2002 PhD, Media Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Turku
  • 1998 MA, Cinema and TV studies, University of Turku
  • 1997 BA, Cinema and TV studies, University of Turku

Current positions

  • 2011–  Professor of Media Studies, University of Turku, Head of department, 2012–
  • 2006–  Title of Docent, Feminist Media Studies, University of Turku
  • 2004–  Title of Docent, Media Culture, University of Tampere

Previous positions

  • 03/2020 Visiting Professor, Department of Political Science and Sociology, University of Florence
  • 2013–17 Deputy Head, School of History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Turku (on research leave for the academic year 2015-2016)
  • 02-05/2016 Visiting Scholar, Comparative Media Studies, MIT
  • 02-05/2016 Consulting Researcher, Microsoft Research New England, Social Media Collective, Cambridge, MA
  • 2010–11  Professor of Digital Culture, University of Jyväskylä
  • 2007–10  Research fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
  • 2010–11, Assistant professor in Media Culture, University of Tampere (on leave of absence until resigned)
  • 2005–07, Assistant professor in Digital Culture, University of Jyväskylä
  • 2004–05, Academy of Finland postdoctoral researcher, Centre for Women’s Studies, University of Turku
  • 2003–05, Course director, diploma on online communication, Palmenia, University of Helsinki, (part-time secondary occupation)
  • 2003, Lecturer in Media Culture, University of Tampere
  • 1999–2002,  Doctoral researcher, The Gender System Graduate School / Departments of Cinema and TV Studies/Media Studies, University of Turku

Awards, grants and fellowships

  • 2020 Association of Internet Researchers’ Nancy Baym Book Award (for Paasonen, Jarrett & Light, NSFW: Sex, Risk, and Humor in Social Media)
  • 2020-2022 project member of Rethinking Sexuality: A Geopolitics of Digital Sexualities in Estonia, Sweden and Finland, PI Jenny Sundén, Östersjöstiftelsen
  • 2019-2022 PI for the consortium, Intimacy in Data-Driven Culture, Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland
  • 2017-2021 PI for the research project Sexuality and Play in Media Culture, The Academy of Finland
  • 2014, Sabbatical research grant, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation / Professor Pool (for the academic year 2015-2016)
  • 2011, Jutikkala award in the Humanities, Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
  • 2007–2010, research fellowship, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
  • 2004-2007 project member and deputy director, Disturbing Differences: Feminist Readings of Identity, Location and Power research, Academy of Finland, PI Marianne Liljeström
  • 2004–2005, Academy of Finland postdoctoral researcher
  • 2003, Postdoctoral Research Grant, Finnish Cultural Foundation
  • 2003, PhD dissertation award in the Humanities, Finnish University Foundation of Turku

Supervision of doctoral and postgraduate students

Currently primary supervisor for 9 PhD students at University of Turku. Finished PhD theses:

  • 2011–, University of Turku, Media Studies: supervisor to 69 MA students
  • 2010–2011, University of Jyväskylä, Digital Culture: supervisor to 18 MA students
  • 2009–2010, University of Helsinki, Christina Institute for Women’s Studies, supervisor to 2 MA students
  • 2005–2007, University of Jyväskylä, Digital Culture, supervisor to 16 MA students.

Teaching activities and pedagogical competence

  • Media Studies, University of Turku. In charge of postgraduate studies, MA seminar, PhD seminar. BA and MA-level classes on media and networks, internet research, affect and media, pornography, participation in curriculum planning, 2011-
  • co-chair of doctoral colloquium, Association of Internet Researchers, 2016-2019
  • University of Jyväskylä, MA program for Digital Culture, 2005–2007; 2010–2011. Participation in curriculum planning, co-teacher of MA seminar; classes on media culture, internet research methodology, popular culture studies
  • University of Tampere, Media Culture, 2003, 2006. Teacher of BA seminars and classes on media analysis, feminist popular culture studies, introduction to media culture, pornography
  • 10 ECTS course on Feminist University Pedagogy, 2005–2006
  • course director and supervisor of diploma work on online communication, Palmenia University of Helsinki, 2003–2006
  • full courses also taught at University of Helsinki, Department of Communication & Christina Institute for Women’s Studies (2007–2008), Estonian Academy of the Arts, E-Media Centre, (2000–2001), Sibelius Academy, Music technology (2003), Stockholm University, Cinema Studies (1999), University of Turku, Departments of Cinema and TV Studies & Gender Studies (1998-2005)

Commissions of trust

Service as a pre-examiner or as an opponent of a doctoral dissertation, as a member in dissertation committees:

  • external examiner, Gender Studies, University of Sussex, 2011-2012; Cinema Studies, Stockholm University, 2012; École des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, Paris, 2015 Department of English, King’s College, 2018; Department of Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney, 2018; Humanities, Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, 2018; Department of Art, Litetature and Culture, University of Aarhus, 2018; Film and Moving Image Studies, Concordia University, 2018; Romance Studies, Boston University 2020
  • pre-examiner and opponent: Communication Studies, University of Vaasa 2014–2015; Social Psychology, University of Helsinki 2014; Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, 2013–2014 ; Folklore Studies, University of Joensuu, 2007
  • opponent: School of Communication, Media and Theatre, University of Tampere, 2014; Media Studies, University of Tampere 2020
  • pre-examiner: Practical Philosophy, University of Helsinki 2015; Gender Studies, University of Helsinki, 2011; Sociology, University of Helsinki, 2010; Media Studies, University of Lapland, 2006

Evaluation of academic/scientific or artistic competence

  • reviewer for professorship applications in Theory of Visual Culture, University of Art and Design, 2009; Social Science, IT University of Copenhagen, 2012; Contemporary Anglophone Culture, University of Vaasa, 2013
  • reviewer for promotion file: University of Washington, 2012; University of East London, 2014; Tulane University 2014; University of Hong Kong, 2016; University of Sussex, 2017; Goldsmiths College, 2017; University of Illinois Chicago, 2017, CUNY 2019
  • evaluation of academic competence of docent: Media Culture, Tampere University 2019; Cultural and gender studies, University of Eastern Finland, 2018; Sociological Technology Studies, University of Lapland, 2018; Media and communication studies, University of Tampere, 2013; Art History and Gender Studies, University of Helsinki, 2012; Media Culture, University of Tampere, 2011; Digital Culture, University of Turku, 2011; Interdisciplinary studies of gender and media culture, University of Lapland, 2009
  • competition judge, Falling Walls Lab, Turku 2014
  • member of Association of Internet Researchers Nancy Baym book award committee, 2014
  • chair of AVEK Media Art Prize Committee, 2007

Member of international peer evaluation committees of funding applications

  • evaluation committee, gender studies, Swedish Research Council, 2011; Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, 2009, 2011; ERC 2020
  • competition judge, Digital Media and Learning (DML) competition, HASTAC & MacArthur Foundation, 2009 and 2010

Memberships and positions of trust in scientific and scholarly societies

Membership in national or international expert groups, evaluation or steering committees:

  • chair of publishing forum panel 22 (literature, art studies and architecture), Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, 2014–2017, panel member 2010-2017
  • member of advisory board, Gender Studies Graduate School, 2013–16
  • committee member for the selection of Sanoma Foundation visiting professor, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, 2012–14
  • member of steering group, VITRO graduate school on communication studies, 2011–15
  • member of evaluation group on Media and Communication Studies in Higher Education in Finland, co-author of the report. The Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council, 2006

Organization of scientific meetings:

  • conference chair, Sexual Cultures 3: Play! conference, University of Turku, May 28-29, 2019
  • co-organizer, Affective Politics of Social Media Symposium, University of Turku, October 12-13, 2017
  • member of program committee, 10th Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Tampere, 2014
  • organizer of Economies of desire seminar, University of Turku, 2013
  • program chair, IR 10.0 – Internet: Critical, The Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, Milwaukee, 2009
  • theme leader, DAC’09 Digital Arts and Culture Conference, UC Irvine, 2009
  • organizer of Networks of desire seminar, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 2008
  • member of program committee, Gender, Images, and Global Contexts – The 3rd Christina Conference on Women’s Studies / The 4th European Gender & ICT Symposium, University of Helsinki 2007
  • co-organizer, Affective encounters: Rethinking Embodiment in Feminist Media Studies Conference, University of Turku, 2001

Service on editorial boards and in peer review

Member of editorial advisory board:

Member of editorial board:

Referee for scholarly publications:

  • book manuscripts for e.g. the MIT Press, Routledge, Ashgate, Polity, I.B. Tauris, Zed Books, Goldsmiths Press
  • for e.g. the journals New media & society, Feminist Theory, Women’s Studies International Forum, European Journal of Cultural Studies, International Journal of Cultural Studies, GLQ, Nora, Social Media & SocietyKvinder, køn & forskning, Journal of Gender Studies, SexualitiesSexuality & Culture, Feminist Media Studies, Television & New Media, CyberPsychology & Behavior, NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies, Distinktion: A Journal for Social Theory, Journal for Cultural Research, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Frontiers, Computers and Composition, Celebrity Studies, Feminist Studies, Convergence, Porn Studies, Fibreculture, Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, Naistutkimus, Kulttuurintutkimus, Lähikuva, Nuorisotutkimus, Ethnologia Fennica, Tiedotustutkimus, Media ja viestintä

Selected invited talks

  • keynote, Mediating Sexualities Conference. University of Lille/online, November 3-5, 2020
  • keynote, Viral Masculinities. University of Exeter/online, August 31-September 11, 2020
  • keynote, 2nd AoIR Flashpoint Symposium Digital Transformations: Polarization, Media Manipulation and Resistance. Porto Alegre/online, September 3-4, 2020
  • Porn in Context: Social Media, Platforms, Communities symposium. GEM Lab, Concordia University, January 12, 2020
  • keynote, Philosophy of Computer Games 2019: Aesthetics of Computer Games Conference, St. Petersburg, October 21-24, 2019
  • Mediated Presents workshop, Goldsmiths College, May 16-17, 2019
  • Realities & Fantasies: Relations, Transformations, Discontinuities. ASCA International Workshop, University of Amsterdam, April 10-12, 2019
  • Pleasures of Violence Conference, Oxford Brookes University, March 7-8, 2019
  • PAF Festival, Olomouc, December 6-8, 2018
  • Many Splendored Things book launch, Goldsmiths College, October 22, 2018
  • Spectators or Pleasure Seekers? Art Salon + LASER  Talk, Toronto, October 13, 2018
  • Affects, Interfaces, Screens Conference, University of Aarhus, August 29-30, 2018
  • MsUnderstanding Media: The Extensions of Woman series. McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, University of Toronto, March 19, 2018
  • Corporealities – Affect, Body Politics and Media Seminar. Aarhus University, August 25, 2017
  • keynote, Sexualities and Digital Culture in Europe ECREA symposium, Athens, May 26-27, 2017
  • plenary speaker, The Digital Everyday: Exploration or Alienation? conference, King’s College London, May 6, 2017
  • Public Spheres of Resonance: Constellations of Affect and Language conference, Freie Universität, Berlin, April 27-29, 2017
  • Loose Connections: Modes of Un-Relating conference. Hamburg, January 12-13, 2017
  • Popular Affect Online spotlight plenary, Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, University of Sydney, December 14-17, 2016
  • keynote, The Affective Turn Revis[it]ed: Towards New Understanding, University of Helsinki, September 12-14, 2016
  • Digital Practices: Situating People, Things and Data. University of Siegen, June 7-9, 2016
  • keynote, Bland Boring Banal: A Symposium on Lackluster Feeling and Digital Media in Extreme Times, Amsterdam, December 16-17, 2015
  • keynote speaker, FINSSE 2015, University of Vaasa, October 9-10, 2015
  • Études culturelles/Cultural Studies colloquium, Cerisy, September 2-9, 2015
  • Summer School for Sexualities, Cultures and Politics. IPAK.CENTER, Belgrade, August 15-23, 2015
  • keynote, EUPOP 2015, Humboldt University, Berlin, July 29-31, 2015
  • plenary panel speaker, In the Flow: People, Media, Materialities, ACSIS Conference, Norrköping, June 15-17, 2015 
  • keynote, Krop/u/mulig: Jubliaemuskonference om den medierede krop. Odense, University of Southern Denmark, April 18, 2015
  • keynote, Mediated Belongings Symposium: Rethinking Social Theory Today, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, March 26-27, 2015
  • Digcult#14,  Symposium on gender, sexuality and social media. Brisbane/QUT, October 28-29, 2014
  • Queer video remixing and online identities, Lund University, February 20, 2014
  • Tube as Trashure panel, Transmediale, Berlin, February 1, 2014
  • The Archive in Motion, University of Oslo, June 6–7, 2013
  • keynote, Search and Exploration of X-Rated Information workshop, WSDM/University of Rome, February 5, 2013
  • keynote, Digitisation and Value seminar, University of East London, December 5, 2012
  • keynote, Sexual Science 2.0: Technological Innovations in Sexuality research Conference, Tampa, November 8–11, 2012
  • plenary speaker, Internet Research 13.0: Technologies. University of Salford, October 18–21, 2012
  • keynote, Sexual Cultures Conference, Brunel University, London, April 22–23, 2012.
  • plenary speaker, Somatechnical Configurations Conference, Södertörn University, April 13, 2012
  • Internet Economies: Porn, Labor, and Banking. Eyebeam Art + Technology Centre, NYC, October 7, 2011
  • Fashioning Childhood symposium, University of Stockholm, May 20, 2011
  • keynote and teacher, Cartography of pornographic audiovisual, IX MAGIS International Spring School, Gorizia, April 2011
  • Onscenity Network Launch, Birkbeck College, London, July 5, 2010
  • keynote, 3rd Digital Cultures Workshop: Navigating Multiplicity, University of Salford, July 2, 2010
  • What is the sexualisation of culture? Institute of Education, University of London, February 5, 2010
  • The mediatization of intimate experiences seminar, University of Copenhagen, November 25-26, 2009
  • keynote, Gender Bender Festival, Bologna, October 28-November 2, 2008
  • Affective Circuits: Technology, Sex, Politics, Cornell University, April 9, 2008
  • TELIC Arts Exchange, Los Angeles, October 13, 2007
  • Internationalizing Internet Research seminar, Brisbane, Australia, September 27, 2006
  • keynote, Art and Politics of Netporn Conference, Amsterdam, September 20–October 1, 2005
  • keynote, Lifescapes: future housing between the private and the public symposium. Austrian Architectural Society (ÖGFA), Vienna, May 16–19, 2001
  • guest lectures and talks: e.g. University of Milan (2020); AHCS Speaker Series, McGill University (2020); School of Communication, Simon Frasier University (2020); Social Media Research Group seminar, Swinburne University of Technology (2019); The Sexual Representation Collection, University of Toronto (2018); Media Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough (2018), School of Art, Centre for Film and Media, University of Kent (2017); Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland (2017); School of Social and Policy Studies Seminar Series, Flinders University (2016); Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality, Concordia University (2016); Experimental Art+ Politics Series, Brown University (2016); PLASMA Series (Performances, Lectures, and Screenings in Media Art), SUNY Buffalo (2016); Södertörn University (2015); Simpson Centre for the Humanities, University of Washington (2012); Karlstad University (2011); Northestern University (2009); Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (2008); CUNY Graduate Centre, NYC (2007); OCAD (2007); Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2006)

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