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Description of research and teaching

The current phase of my research project “Cultural Technologies of Self-Transformation” (2016–2019, funded by the Kone Foundation) studies the transformation of identities during a six-week community theater project for young adults. The participants of the theater project are first taught techniques and principles of art-making by professional artists, and finally they appear on stage in a co-scripted performance. Using ethnographic data and methods and drawing theoretically from anthropology, semiotics, and linguistics, the study clarifies how the participants step into new roles (e.g., those of artist and performer) and adopt the skills, techniques, values, attitudes, registers, and epistemologies associated with those roles. The fundamental questions that the study aims to address include 1) role socialization and transmission of culture in social interaction, 2) the self-transformative capacities of individuals, and 3) the organization of such reflective and experimentative modes of culture as “art” as well as the “fictive” forms of personhood they can give rise to.

Keywords

  • 6121 Languages
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Semiotic Anthropology
  • Discourse Studies

Publications 2012 2019

Eksistentiaalinen rationaalisuus ja moniäänisyyden hallinta yritysten verkkosivujen visio-, missio- ja strategiateksteissä

Visakko, T. N., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Puhe ja Kieli.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Katsaus kielenkäyttöön digitaalisissa ympäristöissä

Visakko, T. N., 2016, In : Virittäjä. 120, 1, p. 131-135 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Projects 2007 2017

Prizes

Activities 2010 2018

  • 12 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 2 Academic visit to other institution
  • 1 Public Talks
  • 1 Types for other activities - Other

URB Kesäduuni 2011-2017 -keskustelutilaisuus

Tomi Visakko (Speaker)
9 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

XLV Kielitieteen päivät 2018

Tomi Visakko (Attendee)
8 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Registers of Communication

Tomi Visakko (Speaker: Presenter)
19 May 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Yale University

Tomi Visakko (Visiting researcher)
22 Sep 201627 Sep 2016

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Helsinki Challenge Impact Camp

Tomi Visakko (Attendee)
9 Apr 201510 Apr 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Press / Media

Ylen aikaisen iltapäivä: studiovieras

Tomi Visakko

07/09/2015

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Aristoteleen kantapää: Aprillia!

Tomi Visakko

01/04/2011

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media