Asko Lehmuskallio serves as Professor of Visual Studies at Tampere University and until May 2023 as Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He is co-founder and -director of the Visual Studies Lab.
In his research, Lehmuskallio focuses particularly on the intersection between visual studies and media studies, with a special interest in media anthropology and digital cultures. He leads two research projects, one on Banal Surveillance, funded by the Academy of Finland, another one on Image/Knowledge, funded by C.V. Åkerlund Media Foundation, and is additionally involved in the Speculative Camera project. During the autumn 2022, he will start as PI in two consortium projects, one on Visions of the City (Academy of Finland) with PL Markus Laine, and another on Trust and Visuality (EU CHANSE) with PL Katrin Tiidenberg (Tallinn) and PI’s Maria Schreiber (Salzburg) and Gillian Rose (Oxford).
Lehmuskallio studied cultural anthropology at Philipps-Universität Marburg, and image science (Bildwissenschaft) at the Dept. of Art History and Media Theory, Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe. He received his PhD (YTT) at the School of Communication, Media and Theatre in Tampere, and was awarded in 2016 the Title of Docent in Visual Studies. After his PhD, Lehmuskallio has held several fellowships abroad, including as Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, US, at the Sussex Humanities Lab, UK, and as Rudolf Arnheim Guest Professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.
Among his publications are the co-edited works Digital Photography and Everyday Life (2016, Routledge) and Mobile Digital Practices (2017, Digital Culture & Society) and the Finnish-language Entanglements between Bodies and Documents: A History of the Finnish Passport (2020, Finnish Museum of Photography), co-authored with Paula Haara. In addition, he has published in a variety of journals and edited books, including in Visual Communication, International Journal of Communication, IEEE Pervasive Computing and Journal of Aesthetics and Culture.
Lehmuskallio has also co-curated two well-received exhibitions at the Finnish Museum of Photography, #snapshot (2014-15) and Documenting the body: A history of the Finnish Passport (2020).
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