Postdoctoral Researcher Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, PhD

Katve-Kaisa is still affiliated with the University of Turku due to the following tasks:

  • country coordinator (Finland), the COST action “New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘how matter comes to matter’”; co-leader for the working group “Embracing Creative Arts” with Prof. Marie-Luise Angerer and Dr. Milla Tiainen.
  • co-leader with Dr. Milla Tiainen and Dr. Ilona Hongisto, the research project “New Materialism: From a theoretical turn to a multidisciplinary method” funded by the School of History, Culture, and Arts Studies (1.11.2014-30.11.2014)
  • Vice boardmember, Centre of Culture and Wellbeing 
  • PhD Supervision

Katve-Kaisa's research interests spread across new materialism, contemporary art, fashion & clothing, material feminisms, Deleuze & Guattari and radical empiricism. Her current research project titled "Affective Fabrics of Contemporary Art: Stitching Global Relations". Katve-Kaisa is also writing a book based on her PhD dissertation Following the Flows of Process: A New Materialist Account of Contemporary Art (2012) that suggests research practices and concepts for a 'more material' art history. Her latest article concerning the work of painting opens the new book Carnal Knowledge: Towards A New Materialism through the Arts (eds Barbara Bolt & Estelle Barrett, I.B Tauris, London 2013).

During the term 2013–2014 Katve-Kaisa worked in the project Ethics of Storytelling in the Contemporary Arts directed by Professor Hanna Meretoja (Emil Aaltonen Foundation) and was based at the SenseLab, Concordia University Canada (7.10.2013 –24.6.2014). She has also spent several other research periods abroad (University of Sydney, UC Berkeley and Finnish African Cultural Centre Villa Karo in Benin) and regularly presents at national and international conferences.

Katve-Kaisa was the vice president for the Finnish Society of Art History (2012-2013) and a board member of its publication series and the online journal Tahiti (2011-2013). She is also a long time board member of Eetos ry, an independent publisher working across arts, sciences and philosophy. Moreover, Katve-Kaisa is a founding member of the European new materialist network coordinated by Utrecht University.


Updated: 21.8.2014