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Anu Koivunen

Born January 29, 1967, Kemi

PhD 2003 (media studies), University of Turku
Licentiate 1994 (Film and television studies), University of Turku
Master of Arts 1992 (Film and television studies), University of Turku
Docent in media culture 2004, University of Tampere
Docent in Film and Television studies and women’s studies 2004, University of Helsinki

Senior research fellow in the research project Driving Forces of Democracy 2015–17, University of Helsinki
Professor of film studies 2012–, Stockholm University (leave of absence 2015–17)
Acting professor of media culture 2006–07, University of Tampere
Lecturer of film studies 2005–11, University of Stockholm
Academy of Finland postdoctoral researcher 2004, University of Helsinki
Acting lecturer of women’s studies 2001–03, University of Helsinki

Research themes:
The history of film and television, gender and nationality, the construction of emotions in the media, the political public sphere

Publications, research projects and other academic activity:

Driving Forces of Democracy research project, the national public spheres of radio and television

Stockholm University research database

Digitala Vetenskapliga Arkivet (Diva) publications database

Photo: Bart van der Gaag
Written by Anu Koivunen (Kaija Hartikainen ed.)

Translated by Matthew Billington

Sought-after expert

I also study the media and public debate by participating in public discussion as an expert commentator, columnist and tweeter.

From 2012, I have written columns for the newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet, and I have worked for a couple of years as a blogger for the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers. From the beginning of 2016, I will be a columnist for the women’s magazine Apu under the nom de plume Valtakunnantosikko (‘national sobersides’). Over the past year I have surprised myself by writing five commentaries on Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s government programme. I also regularly appear on YLE Radio Suomi’s discussion programme Pyöreä pöytä (‘Round table’).

Stockholm University’s annual ceremony for the conferment of doctoral degrees and the inauguration of professors is held in the splendour of Stockholm City Hall. The photo was taken in 2012. Photo: Elsi Hyttinen
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