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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.

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 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).

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.

Teaching

Jacob is Acting Course Leader for MA Communication, MA Communication Policy and MA Global Media. He is also Course Leader for the new programme MA Data, Culture and Society, a new interdisciplinary course on datafication, which launches in 2019.

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.

Research

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  triple C, the International Journal of Cultural Studies, International Communication Gazette, Information, Communication & Society, and Journalism Studies.

He is the author of the monograph Psychoanalysis and Digital Culture: Audiences, Social Media, and Big Data (Routledge). Psychoanalysis and Digital Culture offers a comprehensive account of our contemporary media environment—digital culture and audiences in particular—by drawing on psychoanalysis and media studies frameworks. It provides an introduction to the psychoanalytic affect theories of Sigmund Freud and Didier Anzieu and applies them theoretically and methodologically in a number of case studies. Johanssen argues that digital media fundamentally shape our subjectivities on affective and unconscious levels, and he critically analyses phenomena such as television viewing, Twitter use, affective labour on social media, and data-mining.

Together with Dr Steffen Krüger (University of Oslo), he has edited a 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 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 a member of the Faculty's Research Ethics Committee.

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.