Docent, Dr.

Katariina Kyrölä

Email: katariina.kyrola@abo.fi


Professional interests

My research has long focused on questions of embodiment, gender, race and sexuality in popular culture, with a particular emphasis on feminist fat studies, queer theory, body image and the media, affect theory, porn studies, and indigenous, postcolonial and Black feminisms. My recent publications have focused on the concept of vulnerability in feminist, queer and anti-racist theorizations, trigger warning debates, so-called body positive imagery, porn spectatorship, the materiality and immateriality of embodiment, and the racialization of mediated feelings and exceptional bodies. Currently, I am launching a new research project called Queering Nordic Indigeneity: Media, Nature, Sexuality which maps out and "queers" contemporary popular cultural imagery and debates about Sámi people and Sápmi environment in the Nordic countries from a queer indigenous studies and posthumanist perspective. One key aim of the project is also to explore the ethical and epistemological terms and limitations of conducting such research from the "outside" as a non-indigenous scholar. The research project is conducted with the support of Kone Foundation January 2019-December 2021.

I am a Docent in Media Studies and Gender Studies at the University of Turku, where I also received my doctoral in 2010. During 2016–2017, I was the co-editor-in-chief of the journal Sukupuolentutkimus–Genusforskning, the Finnish Journal of Gender Studies, together with Kuura Irni. My doctoral research, which explored ways in which media images of fat bodies address viewers on an affective level and shape their body images, was published as a book The Weight of Images: Affect, Body Image, and Fat in the Media in 2014 (Ashgate, republished through Routledge). Before Åbo Akademi University, I worked as a Senior Lecturer (fixed-period post) in Media Studies at the University of Turku (2015–2017), Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow (2013–2015), Lecturer and Postdoctoral Researcher at Cinema Studies, Stockholm University (2010–2013), and Visiting Research Fellow at Macquarie University, Sydney (fall 2012).


Peer-reviewed publications

A3 Book section, Chapters in research books
Negotiating vulnerability in the trigger warning debates (2018)
Katariina Kyrölä
Manchester University Press
A3 Book section, Chapters in research books
Sisältövaroitukset ja häiritsevät teemat opetuksessa (2018)
Katariina Kyrölä
Vastapaino
A3 Book section, Chapters in research books
Squirming in the Classroom. Fat Girl and the Ethical Value of Extreme Discomfort (2018)
Katariina Kyrölä
Rutgers University Press
C2 Edited book
The Power of Vulnerability: Mobilising affect in feminist, queer and anti-racist media cultures (2018)
Anu Koivunen, Katariina Kyrölä, Ingrid Ryberg
Manchester University Press
A3 Book section, Chapters in research books
Vulnerability as a political language (2018)
Anu Koivunen, Katariina Kyrölä, Ingrid Ryberg
Manchester University Press
A3 Book section, Chapters in research books
Bodily Excess (2017)
Katariina Kyrölä
Macmillan
A1 Journal article (refereed)
Music Videos as Black Feminist Thought – From Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda to Beyoncé’s Formation (2017)
Katariina Kyrölä
Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics
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A1 Journal article (refereed)
Phantom/Liminal Fat and Feminist Theories of the Body (2017)
Katariina Kyrölä, Hannele Harjunen
Feminist Theory
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C2 Edited book
Sukupuolentutkimus - Genusforskning 2017:2 (2017)
Pieta Hyvärinen, Sari Irni, Katariina Kyrölä, Marja Vehviläinen
Sukupuolentutkimuksen seura - Sällskapet för genusforskning ry. (SUNS)
C2 Edited book
Sukupuolentutkimus - Genusforskning 2017:4 (2017)
Sari Irni, Katariina Kyrölä
Sukupuolentutkimuksen seura - Sällskapet för genusforskning ry. (SUNS)
A1 Journal article (refereed)
Glimmers of the forbidden fruit. Reminiscing pornography, conceptualizing the archive (2016)
Katariina Kyrölä, Susanna Paasonen
International Journal of Cultural Studies
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C2 Edited book
Sukupuolentutkimus - Genusforskning 2016:1 (2016)
Sari Irni, Katariina Kyrölä
Sukupuolentutkimuksen seura - Sällskapet för genusforskning ry. (SUNS)
C2 Edited book
Sukupuolentutkimus - Genusforskning 2016:2 (2016)
Sari Irni, Katariina Kyrölä
Sukupuolentutkimuksen seura - Sällskapet för genusforskning ry. (SUNS)
C2 Edited book
Sukupuolentutkimus - Genusforskning 2016:3 (2016)
Sari Irni, Katariina Kyrölä
Sukupuolentutkimuksen seura - Sällskapet för genusforskning ry. (SUNS)
C2 Edited book
Sukupuolentutkimus - Genusforskning 2016:4 (2016)
Sari Irni, Katariina Kyrölä
Sukupuolentutkimuksen seura - Sällskapet för genusforskning ry. (SUNS)
C1 Book
The Weight of Images. Affect, Body Image and Fat in the Media (2016)
Katariina Kyrölä
Routledge
A1 Journal article (refereed)
‘We hid porn magazines in the nearby woods': Memory-work and pornography consumption in Finland (2015)
Susanna Paasonen, Katariina Kyrölä, Kaarina Nikunen, Laura Saarenmaa
Sexualities
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C2 Edited book
Koolla on väliä! Lihavuus, ruumisnormit ja sukupuoli (2007)
Katariina Kyrölä, Hannele Harjunen
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Other publications

B1 Non-refereed journal articles
The multiple futures of feminism (2018)
Tuija Saresma, Aino-Kaisa Koistinen, Katariina Kyrölä, akshay khanna
Sukupuolentutkimus
B1 Non-refereed journal articles
Itsestä huolehtiminen, kehollinen itsemääräämisoikeus ja feministinen kampanjointi [editorial/pääkirjoitus] (2017)
Sari Irni, Katariina Kyrölä
Sukupuolentutkimus
B1 Non-refereed journal articles
Luontokulttuurit feministisessä tutkimuksessa [editorial/pääkirjoitus] (2017)
Pieta Hyvärinen, Sari Irni, Katariina Kyrölä, Marja Vehviläinen
Sukupuolentutkimus
E1 Popularised article, newspaper article
Sameblod och gränsöverskridandets politik (2017)
Katariina Kyrölä
Ikaros
B1 Non-refereed journal articles
EI [Pääkirjoitus] (2016)
Sari Irni, Katariina Kyrölä
Sukupuolentutkimus
B1 Non-refereed journal articles
Feministiset sommitelmat, uusmaterialistiset politiikat ja äärimmäisyyksien materiat [Pääkirjoitus] (2016)
Sari Irni, Katariina Kyrölä
Sukupuolentutkimus
B1 Non-refereed journal articles
Miehet, maskuliinisuus ja moniääninen feministinen tutkimus [Pääkirjoitus] (2016)
Sari Irni, Katariina Kyrölä
Sukupuolentutkimus
B1 Non-refereed journal articles
Sivuutetut kokemukset ja vastarinnan mahdollisuudet [Pääkirjoitus] (2016)
Sari Irni, Katariina Kyrölä
Sukupuolentutkimus
B1 Non-refereed journal articles
Toward a Contextual Pedagogy of Pain. Trigger Warnings and the Value of Sometimes Feeling Really, Really Bad (2015)
Katariina Kyrölä
Lambda Nordica

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