Areas of expertise
I work as Professor of the French Studies, my expertise is in applied language studies. Since 2017, I serve as the Head of the School of Languages and Translation Studies, University of Turku.
Previously I have worked as a university teacher and as a lecturer at the Universities of Tampere and Turku, as a visiting scholar at the Université de Provence, France (1997) and as a senior scientist at the Academy of Finland (2009-2010).
I have completed MA studies at the Université de Provence and at the University of Turku where I also defended my PhD thesis (2000).
Supervision: Supervision of MA and doctoral theses. I am interested in supervising projects whose theoretical and methodological approaches are related to any of topics described above.
My recent research interests cover three major topics:
1) Interaction based on artificial intelligence, espcially human-robot interaction. The main topic here is child-robot interaction in foreign language learning situations. Read more on the site of RoboLang -research team: https://sites.utu.fi/robolang/
2) Sociopolitical media discourse. I have worked on a variety of topics in socio-political media discourse, including work that examines transformations of online news discourse, social media discussions, and multimodal digital texts. I have co-edited several volumes and special issues pertaining to these topics: Analyzing Digital Discourses (Johansson, Tanskanen, Chovanec, 2021),Special issue on Mediatizing emotion: Networked Practices of Stance-taking in Reactions to Global Events and Crises ( Giaxoglou and Johansson, 2020).
3) Language use in professional and expert contexts, multilingualism, language practicies and policies. At present, I work on the research topic of Finnish foreign language education policies, French among other languages.