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Dr Jussi Parikka Awarded Professorship

Published: 29 July 2014

Dr Jussi Parikka, Reader in Media and Design has recently been confirmed as Winchester School of Art’s new Professor in Technological Culture & Aesthetics.

Having shown excellence in his research through publications, writings and expertise in the field, his research work and contribution has been recognised formally by the University via this Professorial position.  Parikka is also Docent in Digital Culture Theory at the University of Turku, Finland.

Parikka is a Finnish media theorist and writer who graduated with a PhD from University of Turku, Finland in 2007 and has since then worked in Berlin, Cambridge (Anglia Ruskin) and now at WSA. He is the author of various publications, including the monographs Koneoppi (2004), Digital Contagions: A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses (2007), award winning Insect Media: An Archaeology of Animals and Technology and What is Media Archaeology (2012). In addition, he has edited and co-edited such publications as The Spam Book: On Porn, Viruses and Other Anomalous Objects from the Dark Side of Digital Culture (2009), Media Archaeology: Approaches, Applications and Implications (2011), Medianatures: The Materiality of Information Technology and Electronic Waste (2011) and the special issue of Fibreculture (2011) on “Unnatural Ecologies – Media Ecology” as well as one on Cultural Techniques (for Theory, Culture & Society).

Currently, Parikka is working on environmental topics and media theory. His new monograph A Geology of Media is forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press in the Spring 2015. He has also co-edited a forthcoming collection on Erkki Kurenniemi, the Finnish media art pioneer.

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