University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences, Media and Communication Research
November 2017 (current)
My University of Helsinki Tuhat research pages
Aalto University School of Business, Department of Marketing / Bonus CHANGE project
July 2017 -October 2017
Aalto University School of Business, Department of Marketing
April – June 2017
Doctoral Candidate, researcher, teacher (Digital Communication and Media)
April 2011 – December 2016
For other working history, see LinkedIn.
The Death Online Research Network was founded in Copenhagen in 2013 to encourage international collaboration and conversation around the study of death and digital media. Digital media are now integral to death, grief and memory, from personal illness blogs and live-streamed funerals to online support groups and virtual memorials. Studying death online involves attention to cultural change, identity performances, social bonding, legal matters, design innovations, business opportunities and more.
Museum of Random Memory (MoRM)
MoRM is one of the projects within the citizen-focused effort ‘Creating Future Memories’ which aims to identify and foster ongoing and new creative methods of regaining control of the ‘big data’ we regularly produce in our everyday lives. This international project is directed by Prof. Annette Markham as part of the larger Future Making Consortium. It is supported by the Department of Information Studies and the Cultural Transformations Research Unit at Aarhus University. MoRM brings together a unique set of trans-disciplinary perspectives on how public, arts-based, research-driven exhibitions can create social change.
Read on the latest MoRM workshop held in April, 2018, in Skagen, Denmark.
Harju, Anu A. (forthcoming). (non)commemoration as social critique and the ideologically aligned self: a relational approach to commemorative practices on social media. SFL Proceedings. University of Salamanca, Spain.
Lillqvist, E. & Harju, A. (2018). Discourse of Enticement: How Facebook Solicits Users. Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines 10(1): 63-80.
Harju, A. A. (2018). A Relational Approach to the Digital Self: Plus-Sized Bloggers and the Double-Edged Sword of Market-Compromised Identity. M/C Journal, 21(2).
Döveling, K., Harju, A. A., & Sommer, D. (2018). From Mediatized Emotion to Digital Affect Cultures: New Technologies and Global Flows of Emotion. Social Media + Society, 4(1). DOI: 10.1177/2056305117743141
Harju, A. (2017). Relationaalinen minuus suhteiden verkossa: Toiveminän piirtyminen medioituneessa kulutusyhteiskunnassa. Lektio. Media & Viestintä, 40(2-4), 87-91.
Harju, A. (2017). On being online: insights on contemporary articulations of the relational self. PhD dissertation (article-based). Helsinki: Aalto University publication series DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS, 94/2017. ISBN 978-952-60-7434-4 [e-thesis] [Lectio Praecursoria]
Harju, A.A. & Huovinen, A. (2016). Fashionably voluptuous: normative femininity and resistant performative tactics in fatshion blogs. In Arsel, Z., Eräranta, K. & Moisander, J. (Eds.), Gendering Theory in Marketing and Consumer Research. Abingdon: Routledge.
Harju, A. A. (2016). Imagined Community and Affective Alignment in Steve Jobs Memorial Tributes on YouTube. In Gardner, S. & Alsop, S. (Eds.) Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age, pp. 62-80. Sheffield: Equinox.
Harju, A. A. & Huovinen, A. (2015). Fashionably Voluptuous: Normative femininity and resistant performative tactics in fatshion blogs. Journal of Marketing Management. DOI 10.1080/0267257X.2015.1066837. Reprinted in In Arsel, Z., Eräranta, K. & Moisander, J. (Eds.), Gendering Theory in Marketing and Consumer Research. Abingdon: Routledge.
Döveling, K., Harju, A.A., & V. Shavit (2015). Researching Digital Memorial Culture and Death Online: Current Analysis and Future Perspectives. Medien & Altern
Harju, A. (2015). Socially Shared Mourning: Construction and Consumption of Collective Memory. New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia. Vol 21, Issue 1-2, 123-145. DOI:10.1080/13614568.2014.983562 Published online 6 Dec 2014.
Harju, A. & Moisander, J. (2014). Fans on the Threshold: Steve Jobs, the sacred in memorialisation and the hero within. In Campbell, N., Desmond, J., Fitchett, J., Kavanagh, D., McDonagh, P. O’Driscoll, A. & Prothero, A. (Eds.) (2014) Myth and the Market (pp. 51 – 64) University of Dublin. ISBN: 9781905254859
Full conference papers, unrefereed
Lillqvist, E. & Harju, A. A. (2016). Insights from Relevance Theory on the Marxist critique of social media. Paper presented at the 32nd European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium (EGOS), Naples, Italy, July 7-9, 2016.
Presentations at International Conferences (refereed):
2018, April: ‘Museum of Random Memory: Sonic absences, rhythmic presences and the sound of forgetting’ at Data Justice, Cardiff University, UK.
2017, June: ‘(non)commemoration as social critique and the ideologically aligned self: a relational approach to commemorative practices on social media’ at ESFLC2017, the 27th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference, University of Salamanca, Spain.
2017, March: ‘The ideologically aligned self and (non)commemoration as social critique: a relational approach to commemorative practices of self-construction on social media’ at the 3rd International Death Online Research Symposium, Aarhus University, Denmark.
2016, September: ‘Cognitive-pragmatic approach to the commodification of social media: context manipulation as a vehicle for ideology’ with Dr. Ella Lillqvist at CADAAD 2016, 6th International Conference on Critical Approaches To Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines. Università degli studi di Catania, Sicily.
2016, April: ‘Adopting a critical perspective on commodification on social media: context manipulation as a vehicle of ideology’, with Dr. Lillqvist. Median ja viestinnän tutkimuksen päivät/The Finnish Conference for Media and Communication Research. Helsinki, Finland.
2015, August: ‘Social media as pseudo-public space: the illusion of freedom in participatory spaces‘ with Dr. Ella Lillqvist at ESA 2016, 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association 2015. Prague, Czech Republic.
2015, August: #RIPRobinWilliams – digital memorials as mediators of a ‘lived life’ at the 2nd Death Online Research Symposium. Kingston University, London, UK.
2015, July: ‘#RIPRobinWilliams: How Digital Memorials Come to Mean‘ in Challenging Boundaries – 42nd International Systemic Functional Congress. RWTH Aachen University, Germany.
2014, November: ‘Normative Femininity in Fa(t)sion Blogs’ with Dr. Annamari Huovinen, at ECREA Communication for Empowerment: Citizens, Markets, Innovations. Universidade Lusófona, de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon, Portugal.
2014, September: ‘Employee Enticement: Talent as the (mis)Leading Rhetorical Construct’ at CADAAD 2014, the 5th International Conference on Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines. Elte University, Budapest, Hungary.
2014, June: ‘Normative Femininity in Fa(t)shion Blogs: Fashion as Social Capital in Identity Formation‘ with Dr. Annamari Huovinen, in The 12th Conference on Gender, Marketing and Consumer Behavior. Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki, Finland.
2014, June: ‘Fans on the Threshold: Steve Jobs, the sacred in memorialisation and the hero within‘ with Prof. Johanna Moisander, at the Myth and the Market Conference. Carlingford, Ireland.
2014, April: ‘Socially Shared Mourning: Construction and Consumption of Collective Memory‘ at the 1st Death Online Research Symposium. University of Durham, UK.
2013, November: Economisation, Culture, and Gender workshop / Taloudellistuminen, kulttuurit ja sukupuoli -työryhmä, in Sukupuolentutkimuksen ja kulttuurintutkimuksen päivät/ Gender and Cultural Studies Conference. University of Lapland.
2013, November: ‘Mitä tulikaan luvattua: talentista osaksi resurssipääomaa‘ in Sukupuolentutkimuksen ja kulttuurintutkimuksen päivät. Lapin yliopisto
2013, July: ‘Alignment with imagined community, or imagined alignment in anonymity?‘ in 24th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference and Workshop: Language in the digital age: Be not afraid of digitality. Coventry University, UK
2013, April: ‘From Broadsheet to Twitter: Technological and Communicative Challenges in Recruitment in Times of New Media and Mobility’, Research Seminar, Department of Organization and Management at UCC. Cork, Ireland
2010, July: ‘Evaluation, Appraisal and Manipulative Language in Nokia Recruitment Advertising‘, in The 22nd European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference and Workshop: Complexities of Meaning in Text. University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia
Peer Review Activity
- Open Cultural Studies
Reviewer for the following books:
- English in Computer-Mediated Communication: Variation, Representation, and Change, Lauren Squires (Ed.) (2016) Topics in English Linguistics Series, Mouton de Gruyter.
Reviewer for the following conferences:
- The 3rd Nordic Conference on Consumer Research
- 12th Conference on Gender, Marketing and Consumer Behavior
Courses at University of Helsinki
Autumn 2018: New Forms of mediated participation (Master’s level, 5 ECTS) University of Helsinki
Courses at Aalto University, Helsinki
Spring 2016: 71C03000 Digital communication and media (Bachelor’s level, 6 ECTS) Aalto University School of Business.
Spring 2015: 71C03000 Digital communication and media (Bachelor’s level, 6 ECTS) Aalto University School of Business.
Spring 2014: 71C03000 Digital communication and media (Bachelor level’s, 6 ECTS), Aalto University School of Business.
“A! Peda Intro”, a basic course in university pedagogics (5 ECTS), organized by Aalto University, 2014
International Doctoral Courses and Seminars:
2015, May: ‘Contextualizing Marxism’, Aalto University School of Business. Prof. F. Firat, Prof. J. Fitchett, and Prof. A. Bradshaw
2014, November: ‘Gender as Social Practice’, Aalto University School of Business. Prof. Silvia Gherardi, Assistant Prof. Kirsi Eräranta, Adjunct Prof. Saija Katila, Prof. Johanna Moisander
2014, April: ‘Perspectives on Organizational Culture and Communication’, Copenhagen Business School CBS, Copenhagen, Denmark. Prof. D. Kärreman, Prof. D. Mumby, and Prof. T. Kuhn.
2012, November: ‘Social Media Marketing Research’, Bergen School of Economics NHH, Bergen, Norway. Prof. R. Kozinets.
International Exchange / Visiting Scholar:
2013, 8th March – 3rd May: University College Cork, Department of Management and Organization. Cork, Ireland
Research and Travel Grants:
2017 Kaupakorkeakoulun Tukisäätiö – HSE Foundation: 990 eur – 27ESFLC2017, Salamanca, Spain.
2016 Kaupakorkeakoulun Tukisäätiö – HSE Foundation: 1200 eur – 32nd European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS conference, Naples, Italy
2015 Kaupakorkeakoulun Tukisäätiö – HSE Foundation: 1200 eur – 42nd International Systemic Functional Congress, Aachen University, Germany
2014 Kaupakorkeakoulun Tukisäätiö: 1500 eur – CBS course ‘Perspectives on Organizational Culture and Communication’
2014 Kauppakorkeakoulun Tukisääätiö: 1200 eur – ECREA conference, Lisbon, Portugal
2013 Visiting Scholar Grant, Aalto BIZ: 1500 eur – PhD visiting programme, UCC, Cork, Ireland
2011 Kauppakorkeakoulun Tukisäätiö: 19 000 eur – Doctoral disseration research grant
Harju, A. (2017) On being online: insights on contemporary articulations of the relational self. PhD dissertation (article-based). Helsinki: Aalto University publication series DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS, 94/2017. ISBN 978-952-60-7434-4 [e-thesis] [Lectio Praecursoria]
Harju, A. (2008) Specialist Wanted: Evaluation and Implicit Marketing in the Nokia Recruitment Advert Text. University of Helsinki, Department of English and Linguistics
Harju, A. & Brooks, R. (2007) English Phrasal Verbs, an English-Finnish Dictionary. Helsinki: Gummerus Publishing.