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Description of research and teaching

Outi Hakola is a docent in Area and Cultural Studies (University of Helsinki) and a docent in societal media studies (University of Turku). Currently, she is a Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the Area and Cultural Studies (University of Helsinki). Her expertise includes cultural studies, film and television studies, death studies, and  humour studies. She is expert in mediatisation of death and dying, cultural theories, narratology, and art criticism.

 

Her background is in film, television and literature studies. She has Master’s of Arts degrees in both Media Studies (2005) and Comparative Literature (2003) from the University of Turku, where she defended her dissertation, Rhetoric of Death and Generic Addressing of Viewers in American Living Dead Films, in 2011. After her PhD she worked at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies as a programme coordinator for Human Mortality project (2011-2013), at the Department of Radio-Television-Film (University of Texas at Austin, United States) as visiting researcher (2013-2014), and as a university lecturer in North American Studies (Area and Cultural Studies, University of Helsinki, 2014-2017).

 

Her research concentrates on questions of death, dying and mourning in films, television and social media. Her ongoing research project, Constructing Good Death (2017-2022), deals with documentary films on end-of-life issues. She is also part of the research project The Dark Side of Humor: Popular Culture and the Power of Ridicule (2016-) which looks at the intersection of humour and social control in contemporary society.

Education information

Doctor of Philosophy, Media Studies, University of Turku (2011)

Education information

Master of Arts, Media Studies, University of Turku (2005)

Education information

Master of Arts, Comparative Literature, University of Turku (2003).

Education information

Pedagogical Studies, University Pedagogy, University of Turku (2005).

Education/Academic qualification

Area and Cultural Studies, Principal Investigator, University of Helsinki

Keywords

  • 616 Other humanities
  • Cultural Studies
  • Death Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Social Media
  • Television studies
  • Gender Studies
  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Area Studies

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

Publications 2004 2019

Rhetoric of Modern Death in American Living Dead Films

Hakola, O. J., 2015, Bristol, Chicago: Intellect. 175 p. (Studies on Popular Culture)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

The Individualization of Health in Late Modernity

Hakola, O. & Tolvhed, H., 2018, Conceptualising Public Health: Historical and Contemporary Struggles over Key Concepts. Kananen, J., Wessel, M. & Bergenheim, S. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 190-203 14 p.

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

Kuolemisen affektiivinen mainonta yhdysvaltalaisten saattohoitokotien markkinoinnissa

Hakola, O., 2018, In : Lähikuva. 31, 3, p. 46-64 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Post-Gender Comedy at the White House Correspondents' Dinner

Hakola, O. J., 2019, Comedy for dinner and other dishes. Martins, C. P. (ed.). Coimbra: IEF Instituto de Estudos Filosóficos, p. 43-62

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

Open Access
File

How Pop Can Army Strong Be? Uses of Popular Culture in US Army Recruitment Campaign

Hakola, O., Dec 2018, In : The Journal of Popular Culture. 51, 6, p. 1540-1561 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2011 2022

Constructing Good Death: End-of-Life Issues in Documentaries

Hakola, O.

01/09/201731/08/2022

Project: Research project

Creating and Challenging Populist Masculinities

Hakola, O., Salminen, J. & Turpeinen, J.

01/01/201831/12/2020

Project: University of Helsinki Three-Year Research Project

The Dark Side of Humour

Korhonen, A., Rossi, L., Hakola, O. & Bottà, G.

01/01/2016 → …

Project: Research project

"Life among Death" program for continuing education

Hakola, O.

01/09/201531/05/2016

Project: Other project

Activities 2005 2019

Trent University

Outi Hakola (Visiting researcher)
1 Sep 201830 Jun 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Lähikuva : Turun elokuvakerho ry:n jäsenlehti. (Journal)

Outi Hakola (Editor in chief)
1 Jan 201531 Dec 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

Finnish Society for Cinema Studies (External organisation)

Outi Hakola (Chair)
1 Jan 201131 Dec 2013

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Constructing Good Death in End-of-Life Documentaries

Outi Hakola (Speaker)
26 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Post-Gender Comedy at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Outi Hakola (Speaker)
19 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Radiokeskustelu kauhukulttuurista Kultakuume-ohjelmassa

Outi Hakola

11/11/2016

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Radio interview on horror

Outi Hakola

24/05/2015

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

USA - racial protests & violence

Outi Hakola

30/04/2015

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Radio discussion on the film "The Graduate"

Outi Hakola

25/04/2015

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media