About me

I am a postdoctoral researcher in The Centre for Parliamentary Studies within the Department of Contemporary History, Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Turku, Finland.

My research interests are affect theory, cybernetics, history of emotions, labour history, neuroscience, rationalisation and science and technology studies. Theoretically and methodologically my work is rooted in affect theory, cultural studies, cultural history, the history of emotions, feminist science and technology studies and critical studies on neurocultures.

Currently I am working as a researcher in the consortium, Tackling Biases and Bubbles in Participation (BIBU), led by Professor 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. My work in the consortium focuses on the emotional dynamics and affective structures of political elites.

In 2018 I am also working with a book-length manuscript contracted with Gaudeamus Helsinki University Press and tentatively titled Neurorationalisointi Suomessa 1944-1952. This work was funded by Alfred Kordelin Foundation from January to July 2018.

The book is part of my postdoctoral research project The biopolitical concept of plasticity in the Finnish rationalisation movement, 1944-1952. The project sets out to conceptualise, historicise and theorise the biopolitical imaginaries operating in the Finnish post-war rationalisation movement. Drawing on literary and archival data, the project sheds light on how the industrial, academic and economic elite worked in concert with the American post-war scientific claim that the human nervous system, located in the brain, is a technical system that can be modulated and optimised to increase productivity and thus increase prosperity for the whole population.

The aim of the project is to provide a comprehensive empirical analysis of the Finnish rationalisation movement in 1944-1952, to test existing theorisations and methodological uses of affects and emotions in historical analysis by offering a new perspective via analysis of empirical material through a critical lens that focuses on the biopolitical concept of plasticity, and to produce a nuanced societal and historical understanding of cybernetic and neuroscientific imaginaries as modes of knowledge that reconfigure work in volatile economic surroundings through modulating and optimising the working population.

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 consortium ‘Social Science for the Twenty-First Century: Employment Activation and the Changing Economy-Society Relation’ funded by the Academy of Finland.

Contact information: mona.mannevuo@utu.fi