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Jacob Johanssen’s work revolves mainly around two themes: exploring Freudian psychoanalysis as a theory and method for media audience research with a particular focus on psychoanalytic conceptualisations of affect, as well as using psychoanalysis to think critically about contemporary digital culture more broadly.
His research interests include audience research, social media, digital labour, psychoanalysis and the media, affect theory, psychosocial studies, critical theory, as well as digital culture. His work has appeared in the International Journal of Cultural Studies, International Communication Gazette, and Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture.
Together with Steffen Krüger (University of Oslo), he has recently edited the first-ever special issue on Digital Media, Psychoanalysis and the Subject (2017, published in the open access CM: Communication and Media Journal). The whole issue can be downloaded here.
He and Dr Diana Garrisi are currently co-investigators on the research project ‘Facial Disfigurement in the UK Media: From Print to Online’ (2017, funded by the University of Westminster Strategic Research Fund).
Jacob is convenor of the Psychoanalysis at Westminster reading group.
He is member of the editorial boards of tripleC, Networking Knowledge and CCC Critical Contemporary Culture. From 2010-2013, he was Co-Editor and -Founder of the journal Cyborg Subjects: Discourses on Digital Culture. The journal was an open access, open review journal on digital culture, digital politics, philosophy of digital culture. Issues published: #1 What is the Cyborg Subject, #2 Wikileaks: Journalism, Politics and Ethics, #3 OccupyCriticalTheory: Theory, Resistance and Revolution in the 21st Century. Selected papers and new chapters were published as a book in 2013.
Before joining CAMRI in 2016 as Senior Lecturer, Jacob Johanssen was Hourly Paid Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies at the University of East London from 2012-2015. He holds a BA in Communication Studies (University of Salzburg), an MA in Media and Communications (Goldsmiths, University of London) and a PhD from the University of East London.