Jacob Johanssen

Senior Lecturer

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Jacob Johanssen draws on a psychoanalytically informed psychosocial studies approach to digital media. His research is influenced by media and communication studies, psychoanalysis 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.

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; Information, Communication & Society; and Journalism Studies.

He is currently working on the monograph Psychoanalysis and Digital Culture: Audiences, Social Media, and Big Data (forthcoming with Routledge in 2018).

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 have recently been 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). Their edited book 'Disability, Media, and Representations: Other Bodies' is forthcoming with Routledge.

Jacob is convenor of the Psychoanalysis at Westminster reading group.

He is member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS) and serves as its Membership Secretary. 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, Jacob 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.

Jacob is Acting Course Leader for MA Communication, MA Communication Policy and MA Global Media.

He teaches on a range of postgraduate and undergraduate modules and currently co-leads the 7COMM002W Approaches to Media and Communication Research module (with Dr Xin) and is co-module leader for 7COMM013W Theories of Communication (with Dr Herzogenrath-Amelung). He also leads seminars on 7MEDS005W The Political Economy of Communication, and on the 7COMM011W Political Analysis Of Communications Policy modules. Jacob is also Module Leader for 7MEST001W Advanced Independent Study. He also contributes to 6MEST010W Transforming Media Audiences. He supervises BA and MA dissertations.

Jacob is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Jacob Johanssen's research is interdisciplinary and aims to connect media and communication studies with psychoanalysis on theoretical and methodological levels.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, Information, Communication & Society, and Journalism Studies.

Jacob is a member of the Faculty's Research Ethics Committee.

2018

Gaming-playing on social media: using the psychoanalytic concept of ‘playing’ to theorize user labour on Facebook (2018)
Johanssen, J. 2018. Gaming-playing on social media: using the psychoanalytic concept of ‘playing’ to theorize user labour on Facebook. Information, Communication & Society.
Competing narratives in framing disability in the UK media: a comparative analysis of journalistic representations of facial disfigurement versus practices of self-representations online (2018)
Garrisi, D. and Johanssen, J. 2018. Competing narratives in framing disability in the UK media: a comparative analysis of journalistic representations of facial disfigurement versus practices of self-representations online. JOMEC Journal. 12, pp. 128-144.
Not Belonging to one’s Self: Affect on Facebook’s Site Governance page (2018)
Johanssen, J. 2018. Not Belonging to one’s Self: Affect on Facebook’s Site Governance page. International Journal of Cultural Studies . 21 (2), pp. 207-222.

2017

“I Am Burning, I Am Burning”: Affect, acid attacks and British tabloid newspapers (2017)
Johanssen, J. and Garrisi, D. 2017. “I Am Burning, I Am Burning”: Affect, acid attacks and British tabloid newspapers. Journalism Studies.
Book Review: Knafo / Lo Bosco - The Age of Perversion: Desire and Technology in Psychoanalysis and Culture (2017)
Johanssen, J. 2017. Book Review: Knafo / Lo Bosco - The Age of Perversion: Desire and Technology in Psychoanalysis and Culture. Journal of Media Critiques. 3 (10), pp. 205-211.
Editorial: Thinking (with) the Unconscious in Media and Communication Studies: Introduction to the Special Issue - Digital Media, Psychoanalysis and the Subject (2017)
Krüger, S. and Johanssen, J. 2017. Editorial: Thinking (with) the Unconscious in Media and Communication Studies: Introduction to the Special Issue - Digital Media, Psychoanalysis and the Subject. CM: Communication and Media . 11 (38), pp. 5-40.

2016

The Subject in the Crowd: A Critical Discussion of Jodi Dean’s “Crowds and Party” (2016)
Johanssen, J. 2016. The Subject in the Crowd: A Critical Discussion of Jodi Dean’s “Crowds and Party”. tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. 14 (2), pp. 428-437.
Media Research and Psychoanalysis: A Suggestion (2016)
Johanssen, J. 2016. Media Research and Psychoanalysis: A Suggestion. International Communication Gazette. 78 (7), pp. 688-693.
Did We Fail? (Counter-)Transference in a Qualitative Media Research Interview (2016)
Johanssen, J. 2016. Did We Fail? (Counter-)Transference in a Qualitative Media Research Interview . Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture. 7 (1), pp. 99-111.

2014

Alienation and Digital Labour – a Depth-Hermeneutic Inquiry into Online Commodification and the Unconscious (2014)
Krüger, S. and Johanssen, J. 2014. Alienation and Digital Labour – a Depth-Hermeneutic Inquiry into Online Commodification and the Unconscious. tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. 12 (2), pp. 632-647.

2017

Immaterial Labour and Reality TV: The Affective Surplus of Excess (2017)
Johanssen, J. 2017. Immaterial Labour and Reality TV: The Affective Surplus of Excess. in: Briziarelli M. and Armano E. (ed.) The Spectacle 2.0: Reading Debord in the Context of Digital Capitalism London University of Westminster Press. pp. 197-208

2014

Posthumanists on the Couch (2014)
Johanssen, J. 2014. Posthumanists on the Couch. in: Tamboukou, M. (ed.) Crossing Conceptual Boundaries VI London University of East London. pp. 31-40

2012

Subjects in Labour. A New Self in ‘My Strange Addiction’ (2012)
Johanssen, J. 2012. Subjects in Labour. A New Self in ‘My Strange Addiction’. in: Henderson, D. (ed.) Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society Newcastle Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 144-162

2016

Digital Media, Psychoanalysis and the Subject (Special Issue) (2016)
Johanssen, J. and Krüger, S. (ed.) 2016. Digital Media, Psychoanalysis and the Subject (Special Issue). CM: Communication and Media.

2013

Cyborg Subjects: Discourses on Digital Culture (2013)
Rambatan, B. and Johanssen, J. (ed.) 2013. Cyborg Subjects: Discourses on Digital Culture. Seattle, WA CreateSpace.

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