I am a postdoctoral researcher in the School of History, Culture and Arts Studies at the University of Turku, Finland. My research interests are affect theory, labour history, management theory, industrial psychology and neuroeconomics. Theoretically and methodologically my work is rooted in affect theory, cultural studies, cultural history, science and technology studies and new economic sociology.
In 2018 I will be working with a book-length manuscript contracted with Gaudeamus Helsinki University Press and tentatively titled Sielutieteestä neurotieteeseen: työnjohto-opit Suomessa 1940-luvulta 2010-luvulle. This work is funded by Alfred Kordelin Foundation.
The book is part of my postdoctoral research project From Human Engineering to Neuromanagement: Travelling Management Theories from the 1940s to the 2010s. The project sets out to conceptualise, historicise and theorise the connections between managerial theories, affects, economies, cybernetics and neuroculture. Drawing on Finnish archival data and management texts, the project sheds light on how affects and neuro-inspired managerial interventions modulate socio-economic infrastructures.
The aim of the project is to provide a comprehensive empirical analysis of Finnish adaptations of travelling management theories and their genealogies; to test existing theorisations and methodological uses of affect by offering a new perspective via analysis of empirical material, and to produce a nuanced societal understanding of management theories as modes of knowledge that reconfigure work in changing economic surroundings.
In addition, I am working closely with consortium Tackling Biases and Bubbles in Participation (BIBU) led by Prof. Anu Kantola (University of Helsinki) and funded by The Academy of Finland’s Strategic Research Council. The BIBU consortium explores how worldwide changes, such as changes in the economic structure, urbanisation and migration, affect citizens’ political capacities, interests and emotions.
I defended my doctoral dissertation, Affektitehdas. Työn rationalisoinnin historiallisia jatkumoita [Affect Factory: Rationalisation of Labour in Historical Continuums] in September 2015. My thesis is an interdisciplinary work that engages with on-going debates concerning post-Fordist politics, affects and labour. I am also one of the founding members of a research collective Affective Capitalism developed at University of Turku in 2013-2015.
My dissertation received two awards: The Faculty of Humanities award for PhD of the year 2015 and the prize for a distinguished dissertation accepted in the University of Turku during the academic year 2015-2016 granted by Turku Finnish University Association.
From January 2016 to December 2017 I worked as a Research Fellow in a FiDiPro research programme ‘Social Science for the Twenty-First Century: Employment Activation and the Changing Economy-Society Relation’. The research programme is funded by the Academy of Finland, led by Prof. Lisa Adkins and hosted by the Universities of Turku and Tampere.
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