About

Working on my PhD Affordances for the Future: Allegory and Cognition in Technocritical Speculative Fiction at the Department of Languages, University of Helsinki. Interested in the ways capital, culture, technology, and life intersect and collide.

Education

MA, English Philology, University of Helsinki, 2014.

PhD Candidate, Doctoral Programme in Philosophy, Arts, and Society, University of Helsinki, 2015-present.

Publications

Peer reviewed articles:

“An Ever-Compromised Utopia: Virtual Reality in Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge.” In On Troubled Futures: New Perspectives to Dystopian Fiction in Literature and Other Media, forthcoming 2019.

“The Ironic Transhumanity of William Gibson’s The Peripheral.” Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, 3:1, 2016.

“Agents or Pawns? Power Relations in William Gibson’s Bigend Trilogy.” Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, 1:1, 2014.

Other publications:

“Surveillance Capitalism and the Data/Flesh Worker in Malka Older’s Infomocracy.” Vector, 288, 2018.

Book review: Understanding William Gibson. Foundation, forthcoming 2019.

Conference Report: 100 Years of Estrangement at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, 913, August, 2017. Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, 4:34, 2017.

Selected conference presentations:

“Fear and Violence in J.G. Ballard’s Super Cannes.” European Network of Comparative Literary Studies: Fear and Safety. Helsinki, 2017.

“Brand Names and Defamiliarization in William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition and Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge.” Worldcon 75 Academic Track: 100 Years of Estrangement. Helsinki, 2017.

“Borderless Identities and Virtual Realities in Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge.” (Dis)Connected Forms: Narratives on the Fractured Self. University of Hull, 2016.

“Unpredictable Spillage: Virtual Reality as Compromised Utopia in Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge.” Finncon 2016 Academic Track: Fantastic Visions From Faerie to Dystopia. University of Tampere, 2016.

“Protean Humanity in William Gibson’s The Peripheral.” Archipelacon Academic Track, Maarianhamina, 2015.

Projects

Instrumental Narratives: The Limits of Storytelling and New Story-Critical Narrative Theory, University of Helsinki Sub-Project in a Consortium Funded by the Academy of Finland.

Memberships

The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research

European Network for Comparative Literary Studies

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