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Professor, Art History, Musicology and Media Studies
Professor of Media Studies


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Kaivokatu 12

Areas of expertise

internet research
sexuality studies
popular culture
affect theory
media theory


Susanna Paasonen is professor of Media Studies. After finishing her PhD in Media Studies in Turku in 2002 she acted as lecturer in Media Culture at University of Tampere (2003), as an Academy of Finland postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Women's Studies in Turku (2004-5), as senior research associate in Digital Culture at University of Jyväskylä (2005-7), as Collegium researcher at the Collegium for Advanced Studies at University of Helsinki (2007-10) and as professor of Digital Culture at Jyväskylä (2010-11) before starting in her current post in August 2011. Paasonen was appointed docent in Media Culture at University of Tampere in 2004 and as docent in Feminist Media Studies in Turku in 2006. She was the first recipient of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters' Jutikkala Award in Humanities in 2011 and spent part of her sabbatical research leave in 2016 as visiting scholar at MIT's department of Comparative Media Studies and at Microsoft Research New England's Social Media Collective.


Paasonen has broad teaching experience in media studies, cultural studies, digital culture and gender studies. She is currently in charge of postgraduate studies at the department of Media Studies, and participates in MA teaching and supervision. In addition, she teaches annual BA-level classes on media and networks, as well as theme courses connected to social media, sexuality, affect and pornography.


With an interest in studies of popular culture, affect, sexuality, and media theory, Paasonen is e.g. the author of Carnal Resonance: Affect and Online Pornography (MIT Press 2011) and Many Splendored Things: Thinking Sex and Play (Goldsmiths Press 2018), co-author of Not Safe for Work: Sex, Humor, and Risk in Social Media (with Kylie Jarrett and Ben Light for MIT Press, forthcoming), as well as co-editor of Pornification: Sex and Sexuality in Media Culture (with Kaarina Nikunen and Laura Saarenmaa, Berg 2007), Working with Affect in Feminist Readings: Disturbing Differences (with Marianne Liljeström, Routledge 2010) and Networked Affect (with Ken Hillis and Michael Petit, MIT Press 2015). 

She is PI of the research consortium, "Intimacy in Data-Driven Culture" (IDA, 2019-2022/25), funded by The Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland and the Academy of Finland research project, "Sexuality and Play in Media Culture" (2017-2021) and an editorial board member of the journals New Media & Society, Social Media + Society, Sexualities, Porn Studies, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Capacious, Journal of Scandinavian Cinema and Monstrum. Her current book-length projects focus on boredom and distraction in social media, on feminist tactics and humour in social media (with Jenny Sundén), and on the notion of objectification (with Feona Attwood, Alan McKee, John Mercer and Clarissa Smith). Her full CV and list of publications can be accessed at


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