Kata Kyrölä

Kata Kyrölä
University College London | UCL · Department of Culture, Communication and Media

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Dr. Kata Kyrola (k.kyrola@ucl.ac.uk) is a Lecturer in Media Studies at University College London. They co-edited the collection The Power of Vulnerability: Mobilizing Affect in Feminist, Queer and Anti-racist Media Cultures (2018) and are the author of The Weight of Images: Affect, Body Image and Fat in the Media (2014) as well as articles in e.g. Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Feminist Theory, Sexualities, and Subjectivity.

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The article explores theoretical and methodological understandings of the archive, drawing on a research project that investigates reminiscences of using and encountering pornography in Finland. The contributors’ reminiscences of what they have done with porn can be seen as forming an archive of feelings, which sheds light on attachments and practi...
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This article brings together two concepts, ‘phantom fat’ and ‘liminal fat’, which both aim to grasp how fat in contemporary culture becomes a kind of material immateriality, corporeality in suspension. Comparing the spheres of representation and experience, we examine the challenges and usefulness of these concepts, and feminist fat studies perspec...
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The article examines two recent music videos by Black female artists, Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda (2014) and Beyoncé’s Formation (2016), and the heated online discussions around them about whether they are feminist or not. The article argues that the epistemic habit of asking this question often works counterproductively and stabilises the boundaries of...
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This article examines the possibilities for re-imagining a queer indigenous past in Sparrooabbán (Me and My Little Sister, Suvi West, 2016)-the first feature-length documentary film that discusses non-heterosexuality in Sámi communities. We explore how the film queers the gákti, the traditional Sámi dress; how it uses elements other than verbal exp...
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In this article, we examine the immensely popular animated Disney film Frozen 2 (2019) through its potential as decolonial queer pedagogy. Drawing on Indigenous educational studies, queer and feminist Indigenous theories, and research on affect and trauma, we ask how the film popularizes Sámi nature-based cosmologies, addresses and attempts to repa...
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This chapter examines the Sámi TV comedy show Njuoska bittut (in Finnish Märät säpikkäät, Tarinatalo 2012–2013) by Sámi creatives Suvi West and Anne Kirste Aikio as queer Indigenous world-making. Drawing on queer Indigenous studies, queer of color critique, and Indigenous media studies, the chapter interrogates how Njuoska bittut offers an alternat...
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This article focuses on a study in which feminist new materialist and arts-based methodologies were employed to explore how three girls address their experiences of sexual harassment as part of ‘crushes’ with boys in fourth and fifth grade. The study stems from longitudinal research on how Finnish children from pre-school to pre-teen years are caug...
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This article interrogates how body positive and fat activist blogs offer alternative ways of feeling one’s body, using the Finnish More to Love ( MTL, 2009–2013) and its successor PlusMimmi ( PM, 2013–) and the American Queer Fat Femme Guide to Life ( QFF, 2008–) as its examples. We investigate how these blogs, despite their differences, invite the...
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In the last few years, the language and politics of trigger warnings have spread all over the Internet and academic classrooms. The question of whether warnings should be given about content that may be upsetting, offensive or trigger post-traumatic stress responses has been heatedly debated in feminist, queer and anti-racist discussions online. Th...
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The chapter maps out and examines online debates about trigger and content warnings in the late 2010s, asking how they negotiate vulnerability. Whose vulnerability comes to matter most in these debates, how, and for what aims? The chapter proposes that the figure of the trigger warning currently circulates most intensely in three contexts: first, i...
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This book investigates the historical legacies and contemporary forms and effects of the language of vulnerability. In today's media culture, traumatic first-person or group narratives have popular currency, mobilising affect from compassion to rage in order to gain visibility and political advantage. Vulnerability is seen as a kind of capital; not...
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The article draws on 24 essays where university students in Sweden reflect on their affective reactions to the American film Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009). The essays pay particular attention to how scenes of Black suffering and the body of the character Precious called forth feelings immediately as well as more enduringly, a...
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This article presents key findings of a Finnish memory-work project conducted in 2012 on consumer experiences and associations related to pornography. The memory-work material points to a high degree of reflexivity in definitions of pornographic preference as well as to drastic shifts in the ubiquity of pornography from the pre-1990s ‘age of scarci...
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The Weight of Images explores the ways in which media images can train their viewers’ bodies. Proposing a shift away from an understanding of spectatorship as being constituted by acts of the mind, this book favours a theorization of relations between bodies and images as visceral, affective engagements that shape our body image - with close attent...
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The Weight of Images explores the ways in which media images can train their viewers’ bodies. Proposing a shift away from an understanding of spectatorship as being constituted by acts of the mind, this book favours a theorization of relations between bodies and images as visceral, affective engagements that shape our body image - with close attent...
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Lihavuus ja laihdutta minen ovat aiheita,jo ihin on törmänny t viime vuo sina lähes kaikkiall a nun mediassa kuin kahvipöytäke skusteluissak in. Paljon palstame trejäja làhetysai kaa on omistettu sen pohdinta an, miten lihavuud esta päästäisi in eroon. 2000-luv ulla televisiossa on pyörinyt lukuisia laihdutus aiheisia sarjoja, kuten Olet irnta sjöt...

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