CV

(1.9.2017)

Education and degrees awarded

  • 2002  Ph.D., 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–  Docent/Adjunct Professor, Feminist Media Studies, University of Turku
  • 2004–  Docent/Adjunct Professor, Media Culture, University of Tampere

Previous positions

  • 2013–2017 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 & Consulting Researcher, Microsoft Research New England, Social Media Collective, Cambridge, MA
  • 2010–11  Professor, Digital Culture, University of Jyväskylä
  • 2007–10  Research fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
  • 2010–11, Assistant professor, Media Culture, University of Tampere (on leave of absence until resigned)
  • 2005–07, Assistant professor, 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, 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

  • 2017 Research project grant, Sexuality and Play in Media Culture (2017-2021), 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
  • 2007–10, Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
  • 2004–05, Academy of Finland postdoctoral fellowship
  • 2003, Postdoctoral Research Grant, Finnish Cultural Foundation
  • 2003, PhD award in the Humanities, Finnish University Foundation of Turku

Supervision of doctoral and postgraduate students

  • Present: University of Turku, Media Studies, supervisor to 8 PhD students
  • 2014-2016, Anna-Elena Pääkkölä, Sound Kinks: Sadomasochistic Erotica in Audiovisual Music Performances. Musicology, University of Turku, third PhD supervisor
  • 2009-2015, Aino-Kaisa Koistinen, The Human Question in Science Fiction Television: (Re)imagining Humanity in Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman and V. Contemporary Culture, University of Jyväskylä, second PhD supervisor
  • 2007-2015, Marjo Kolehmainen, Politiikkaa makeiskulhossa? Itse valtiaat, poliittinen huumori ja huumorin poliittisuus, on political humour in Finnish television. Media Culture, University of Tampere, second PhD supervisor
  • 2004-2010, Laura Saarenmaa, Intiimin äänet: Julkisuuskulttuurin muutos suomalaisissa ajanvietelehdissä 1961–1975, on celebrity culture and Finnish media history, Media Culture, University of Tampere, second PhD supervisor
  • 2004-2009, Tanja Sihvonen, Players Unleashed! Modding the Sims and game Culture. Media Studies, University of Turku, second PhD supervisor
  • 2011–, University of Turku, Media Studies: supervisor to 68 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

  • 2011-, participation in curriculum planning, Media Studies, University of Turku. In charge of postdoctoral studies, MA seminar, PhD seminar. Chair of department.
  • 26 courses at University of Turku since 1998: departments of Cinema and TV Studies, Gender Studies, Media Studies (including two online courses)
  • 11 courses at University of Jyväskylä, MA program for Digital Culture, 2005–2007; 2010–2011. Participation in curriculum planning
  • 7 courses at University of Tampere, Media Culture, 2003, 2006. Participation in curriculum planning, 2003
  • 4 courses at University of Helsinki, Dept. of Communication & Christina Institute for Women’s Studies, 2007–2008
  • Pedagogical training: 10 ECTS course on Feminist University Pedagogy, 2005–2006
  • 5 courses at Palmenia University of Helsinki, 2003–2006 (partly online courses), supervisor of diploma work as course director, online communications (21 students)
  • 1 course at Sibelius Academy, Music technology (2003)
  •  teacher at the The 10th Summer School of Cultural Studies, University of Jyväskylä, 2003
  • 2 courses at Estonian Academy of the Arts, E-Media Centre, (2000–2001)
  • 1 course at Stockholm University, Cinema Studies (1999)
  • Participation in curriculum planning, department of Media Studies, University of Turku, 1999–2000

Commissions of trust

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

  • committee member: École des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, Paris, 2015; Cinema Studies, Stockholm University, 2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • pre-examiner and external examiner, Gender Studies, University of Sussex, 2011, 2012

Evaluation of academic/scientific or artistic competence

  • reviewer for professorship applications in Contemporary Anglophone Culture, University of Vaasa, 2013; professor in Theory of Visual Culture, University of Art and Design, 2009; Associate Professor in Social Science, IT University of Copenhagen, 2012
  • reviewer for promotion file: University of Washington, 2012; University of East London, 2014; Tulane University 2014; University of Sussex, 2017; Goldsmiths College, 2017; University of Illinois Chicago, 2017
  • evaluation of academic competence of docent, 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
  • competition judge, Digital Media and Learning (DML) competition, HASTAC & MacArthur Foundation, 2009 and 2010

Memberships and positions of trust in scientific and scholarly societies

  • board member, Console-ing Passions, 2015–
  • executive board member, Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), 2015–2017
  • director of IIPC / International Institute for Popular Culture, 2014-2015; 2017-, member of steering group since 2012
  • executive board member and treasurer, Association for Cultural Studies (ACS), 2010–
  • board member, Finnish Society for Cultural Studies, 2012–2013; Finnish Network for Cultural Studies, 2003–2007; Finnish Society for Mass Communication Research, 2000; Finnish Society for Cinema Studies 1999–2001
  • memberships: Finnish Literature Society; Finnish Society for Cultural Studies; Association of Internet Researchers; Association for Cultural Studies; Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists; Finnish Society for Cinema Studies

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 since 2010
  • committee member for the selection of Sanoma Foundation visiting professor, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, 2012–
  • member of advisory board, Gender Studies Graduate School, 2013–2016
  • member of steering group, VITRO graduate school on communication studies, 2011–2015
  • 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:

  • co-organizer of the 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:

  • for book manuscripts for e.g. the MIT Press, Routledge, Ashgate, Polity, I.B. Tauris, Zed Books
  • 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, Journal for Cultural Research, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Frontiers, Computers and Composition, Celebrity Studies, Porn Studies, Fibreculture, Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, Naistutkimus, Kulttuurintutkimus, Lähikuva, Nuorisotutkimus, Tiedotustutkimus, Media ja viestintä

Selected invited talks

  • 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, ASCIS 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: e.g 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); Gender Studies, Södertörn University (2015); Simpson Centre for the Humanities, University of Washington (2012); Media and communication studies, Karlstad University (2011); Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (2008); CUNY Graduate Centre, NYC (2007); Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2006)

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