Susanna Paasonen

October 13, 2007 at 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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Video of performance by Felipe Zuniga
Presentation by Susanna Paasonen

For her lecture at Telic, Susanna Paasonen will speak on PORNOGRAPHY AND AFFECTIVE SENSATION. Her presentation will consider the affective force of pornography through the theorizations of Sara Ahmed, Vivian Sobchack and Isobel Armstrong. Discussions on porn, both academic and popular, tend to revolve around articulations of affect ranging from arousal to disgust, pleasure, shame and curiosity. Susanna Paasonen is interested in the role and meaning of such sensations in and for studies of online pornography.

Susanna Paasonen, Ph.D., is a research fellow at the Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki. Her teaching and research interests include Internet research, feminist theory, pornography and popular culture. She is the author of Figures of Fantasy: Women, Internet and Cyberdiscourse (Peter Lang, 2005) as well as the co-editor of Women and Everyday Uses of the Internet: Agency & Identity (Peter Lang, 2002) and Pornification: Sex and Sexuality in Media Culture (Berg, forthcoming in 2007). Her work on pornography has recently appeared in the journals Feminist Theory, The Velvet Light Trap and European Journal of Cultural Studies.