Jacob Johanssen‘s research is influenced by media and communication studies, psychoanalysis, psychosocial studies and critical theory. His work revolves mainly around two themes: exploring Freudian psychoanalysis as a theory and method for digital media research with a particular focus on conceptualisations of affect, as well as using psychoanalysis to think critically about contemporary digital culture more broadly. He is Course Leader for the MA Data, Culture and Society, a new interdisciplinary course on datafication and big data, which launches in 2019. Dr. Johanssen’s 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 triple C; the International Journal of Cultural Studies; Information, Communication & Society; Journalism Studies and other journals.

He is the author of the monograph Psychoanalysis and Digital Culture: Audiences, Social Media, and Big Data (Routledge, 2019).

He is a Founding Scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council. He is also member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS) and serves as its Membership Secretary. Dr. Johanssen is convenor of the Psychoanalysis at Westminster reading group. From 2010-2013, he was Co-Editor of the journal Cyborg Subjects: Discourses on Digital Culture. It was an open access, open review journal on digital culture, politics and subjectivity. Selected papers and new chapters were published as a book in 2013.

Before joining CAMRI in 2016 as Senior Lecturer, Dr. 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.

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