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Associate 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 (2021) Mediated Death. Polity.

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, J., Lounasmeri, L. & Lukyianova, G. (2021) Almost Immortal? The Ritual Transision of Power and the Dynamics of History in Three Cold War Media Events. Media History, https://doi.org/10.1080/13688804.2021.1958671

Sumiala, J. & Tikka, M. (2020) Digital Media Ethnographers on the Move – An Unexpected Proposal. Journal of Digital Social Research, 2(1), 39-55.

Sumiala, J. & Räisä, T. (2020) ‘Our Words are Stronger’: Re-enforcing Boundaries Through Ritual Work in A Terrorist News Event. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 23(3), 422-438.

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.

Book Chapters

Sumiala, J., Tikka, M. & Valaskivi, K., (2020) Just a ‘Stupid Reflex’? Digital Witnessing of the Charlie Hebdo Attacks and the Mediation of Conflict. Theorising Media and Conflict. Budka, P. & Bräuchler, B. (eds.). New York: Berghahn books, (Anthropology of Media; no. 10).

Sumiala, J. (2018) Deconstructing Immortality? Identity work and the death of David Bowie in Digital Media. A Networked Self and Birth, Life, Death. Papacharissi, Z. (ed.). 1st Edition ed. Routledge, Taylor & Francis, (A Networked Self).

Sumiala, J. (2018) Digital Existence: Ontology, Ethics and Transcendence in Digital Culture. Digital Rituals and the Quest for Existential Security. Lagerkvist, A. (ed.). 1st Edition ed. Abingdon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis, (Routledge Studies in Religion and Digital Culture).