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Curriculum vitae



Description of research and teaching

Postdoctoral researcher in political history and project "Multilayered borders of global security", GLASE

 Research interests: Visual representations of wars and crisis, visuality of politics, humanitarianism, vulnerability, migration, refugeeness, international politics, photography, security politics, propaganda, strategic communication, humanity, human rights, animal rights, empathy, global security, media studies


Curriculum vitae

I am a social scientist and a historian interested especially in visual communication, international relations, media studies, global politics and politics of life. I work as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Helsinki faculty of Social Sciences, Political History, in an Academy of Finland project “Multilayered Borders of Global Security”, GLASE (http://glase.fi/in-english/).  My research interests include visual representations of conflict, crisis and violence, visual communication in relation to humanitarianism, global mobility, refugeeness as well as terrorism. I am interested in compassion as a political force, (global) hierarchies of valuable life, inclusion and exclusions, humanism, posthumanism, feminism and animal studies. Photography, its history and political utilization fascinate me.

Fields of Science

  • 5201 Political History

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2008 2019

Resilience of the Humanitarian Narrative in US Foreign Policy

Kotilainen, N., 15 Aug 2019, Contestations of Liberal Order: The West in Crisis?. Lehti, M., Pennanen, H-R. & Jouhki, J. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, Vol. 2019. p. 233-261 28 p. 9

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Feministinen ja eläinoikeustietoinen ilonpilaajuus elämänasenteena ja akateemisena riskinä

Kotilainen, N. K., 10 Jan 2018, In : Sukupuolentutkimus. 31, 4, p. 61-67 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientific

Investigating and Understanding Social Media Image Flows: Framings of the Ghouta Attack in Mainstream Media and International Politics

Kotilainen, N. K., Dec 2018, Photographs and History: Interpreting Past and Present Through Photographs. Pitkänen, S. & Kleemola, O. (eds.). Turku: University of Turku, Vol. 2018. p. 233-260 27 p. (Cultural history - kulttuurihistoria ).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Miksi Planin ”12-vuotiaan äitiysvaatteet” -kampanja on ongelmallinen?

Kotilainen, N. K., 11 Jun 2018, In : ETMU-blogi.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debateProfessional

Open Access

Projects 2008 2019

Sinulle on vihapostia -hanke

Kotilainen, N., Hast, S., Vuorelma, J., Kangas, A. & Särmä, S.

01/08/2017 → …

Project: Research project

Politiikasta Taidetta-sarjan tuottaminen

Kotilainen, N.

01/01/2017 → …

Project: Other project

Textual and visual representations of conflict and confrontation

Härmänmaa, M., Vuorinen, M., Kotilainen, N., Huhtinen, A. & Jantunen, S.


Project: Research project

Activities 2010 2019

Väitöskirjan ohjaaja

Noora Kotilainen (Supervisor)
Jan 2019 → …

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Yhteiskuntatieteiden kuvittamisen työpaja

Noora Kotilainen (Speaker)
20 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Taide kansainvälisessä politiikassa

Noora Kotilainen (Speaker)
18 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Divisive Images of Global Community

Noora Kotilainen (Speaker)
14 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Vox Pulu Podcastissa vieraana Noora Kotilainen

Noora Kotilainen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Kenen Ruumiita Katsomme

Noora Katariina Kotilainen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Kärsimyksen Kuvat

Noora Kotilainen


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Kymmenen Uutiset, MTV 3, Syyrian sodan kuvista, 18.8 2016

Noora Kotilainen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media