FUTURES lecture series: Susanna Paasonen – In­fra­struc­tures of in­ti­macy, pol­i­tics of gov­er­nance on 19.11. (Helsinki)


Open lecture by philosopher Susanna Paasonen

Time: 19.11. at 17:30
Location: Theatre Academy’s main building, Haapaniemenkatu 6, Auditorium 1, Helsinki

As networked communications have grown infrastructural in how everyday lives are managed and lived, social media have come to operate as infrastructures of intimacy that play important roles in how people come together, stay in contact, maintain distances and proximities, and possibly fall out. At the same time, the increasingly aggressive “deplatforming of sex” from social media in the name of unspecified notions of safety involves the effacement of nudity, sexual imagery and sexual communication from the palette of exchanges available to the users of social media giants such as Instagram and Facebook. Exploring the Puritan echoes inherent in social media content policies and community standards, this talk asks what kinds of bodies and bodily interactions become marked as risky and unsafe within them; what and what kinds of value (affective, political, artistic, economical) sex holds on them; and what is ultimately at stake in social media assembling platformed sociability void of sex.

About Paasonen

Susanna Paasonen is Professor of Media Studies at University of Turku, Finland. With an interest in studies of sexuality, networked media, and affect, she is the PI of the Academy of Finland research project, Sexuality and Play in Media Culture (2017-21) and the Strategic Research Council funded consortium, Intimacy in Data-Driven Culture (2019-25). She is most recently the author of Dependent, Distracted, Bored: Affective Formations in Networked Media (MITP 2021), Who’s Laughing Now? Feminist Tactics in Social Media (MITP 2020, with Jenny Sundén), Objectification: On the Difference Between Sex and Sexism (Routledge 2020, with Feona Attwood, Alan McKee, John Mercer and Clarissa Smith), NSFW: Sex, Humor and Risk in Social Media (MITP 2019, with Kylie Jarrett and Ben Light) and Many Splendored Things: Thinking Sex and Play (Goldsmiths Press 2018).

The Futures Series is organized by the master’s degree programmes in Choreography, Dramaturgy and Playwriting, and the Live Art and Performance Studies in collaboration with the Centre for Joint Studies at Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy.