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JohannaSumialaAssociate Professor, Docent

Orcid ID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4773-4509

Areas of interest:
(a) media and social theory
(b) digital anthropology and ethnography
(c) media and city
(d) media, death and ritual
(e) mediatization
(f) media and religion


Some of my most recent publications:

Books and Edited Volumes

Sumiala, Johanna, Valaskivi, Katja, Tikka, Minttu & Huhtamäki, Jukka (2018) Hybrid Media Events: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks and Global Circulation of Terrorist Violence. Bingley: Emerald. (156 p.)

Sumiala, Johanna (2013) Media and Ritual. Death, Community and Everyday Life. London: Routledge. (141 p.)

Muschert, Glenn & Sumiala, Johanna (eds.) (2012) School Shootings: Mediatized Violence in a Global Age. Bingley, UK: Emerald. (353 p.)

Special Issues & Sections

Sumiala, Johanna & Valaskivi, Katja (eds.) (2018) Special section: Terror as Media Event. Television and New Media, 19(2).

Leurs, Koen, Vuolteenaho, Jani & Sumiala, Johanna (eds.) (2015) Special issue on Media City Observatorio OBS* 

Sumiala, Johanna & Hakola, Outi (eds.) (2013) Special issue Media and Death: Representation and performance of dying and mourning in a mediatized age Thantos 2(2), 2013.

Journal Articles

Sumiala, Johanna & Korpiola, Lilly (2017) Mediated Muslim martyrdom: Rethinking digital solidarity in the “Arab Spring”. New Media and Society, 19(1).
Article first published online: June 6, 2016.

Sumiala, Johanna (2014) Mediatized ritual – Expanding the field in the study of media and ritual. Sociology Compass 8(7), 939–947. (e-journal)

Valaskivi, Katja & Sumiala, Johanna (2014) Introduction: Circulating Social Imaginaries: Theoretical and Methdological Reflections. European Journal of Cultural Studies. 17(3), 229 – 243.

Book Chapters

Sumiala, Johanna & Korpiola, Lilly (2015) Tahrir 2011: Contested Dynamics of a Media Event, in Media Events: A Critical Contemporary Approach, Bianka Mitu & Stamakis Poulakidakos (eds.) London: Routledge. (in press)

Sumiala, Johanna (2015) Mediatized Rituals and the Performance of Conflict: The death of a Princess and a Prime Minister, in The Dynamics of Mediatized Conflict.  Mikkel  Eskjær,  Stig  Hjarvard  &  Mette  Mortensen (eds.) Peter Lang: New York, 111-128.

Sumiala, Johanna (2014) Mediatization of death, in Mediatization of communication. Knut Lundby (ed.) Hanbook of Communication Sciences vol. 21, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 681–699.

Sumiala, Johanna (2014) Ritualising Public Death in the Nordic Media, in Mediating and Re-Mediating Death. Dorthe Refslund Christensen & Kjetil Sanvik (eds.) Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 91–110.