Caroline Bem, PhD, will join us as postdoctoral researcher in January 2019 with the subproject, Feeling Playing Sex: Developing a Hybrid Method to Study Gamers’, Industry, and Rating Agencies’ Perspectives on the Effects of Sex in Games.
Daniel Cardoso, Phd, is a postdoctoral researcher in the project from August 2018 till end of the year, working on post-porn print magazines and the notion of playfulness.
Kaisu Hynnä, MA, doctoral researcher. My subproject, Sexual play and activism in body positive media investigates the potential of sexual play and playfulness to empower, affect and bring about pride over non-normative bodies by focusing especially on the body positive movement in social media. I approach body positive representation as affectively appealing material with the intention of moving the bodies of is audiences in positive ways. I am especially interested in which bodies’ abilities to act and be acted upon are affected by body positive media representations and which bodies are left partly de-attached or even unable to take part in body positive, playful practices. From the point of view of media studies, the focus is on the way material bodies, mediated bodies, and media technologies come together and get entangled in practices, such as taking and sharing body positive selfies or reading a fat activist blog.
Veli-Matti Karhulahti, PhD, postdoctoral researcher. I’m working across multiple explorative areas of interdisciplinary interest, perhaps with a small bias toward games culture, literature, and psychology. My primary research object is the affectional relationship between individuals and virtual/fictional characters, and more generally, how multi-world presence and post-organic love relate to modern living. In this picture, cross-cultural variance in emotional, ludic, and somatic human engagement play a central role especially among Asian and Western societies through entities like cosplay, manga (manhwa/manhua), and visual novels. At the moment, I tend to identify as an anthropologist. See more.
Susanna Paasonen, PhD, PI. In addition to being responsible for project management, my contribution to the project ranges from theoretical investigations into sex and play to more empirical inquiries into media. My monograph, Many Splendored Things: Thinking Sex and Play, comes out in October 2018 from Goldsmiths Press. In to this, and several chapter-length examinations of sexual play, I’m focusing on the histories of Finnish sex magazines. See more.