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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

Television and the Public Sphere

In the research project Driving Forces of Democracy (2015–17), I am researching how television as a mass public sphere (a so-called broadcasting system) framed public debate in Finland and Sweden from the end of the 1950s until the 1980s. Though drama productions, speech about television, programming guides and TV memories, I am investigating how television worked as a stage for political conflicts and compromises. The aim is to deepen understanding about the relationship between nationality and democracy and the historical similarities and differences between the Finnish and Swedish public spheres.

I am considering once more many of the questions linked to the construction and diversification of the public sphere that Professor Mikko Lehtonen and I formulated in a project I led called The Power of Culture (Academy of Finland 2006–10), which was part the Academy of Finland research programme Power.

Driving Forces of Democracy, Helsinki-team (Ainur Elmgren (left), Henrik Meinander, Oula Silvennoinen and Anu Koivunen). Photo: Anu Koivunen
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