18th Summer School of Cultural Studies

6–8 June 2012, University of Jyväskylä, Finland


Pauline von Bonsdorff is Professor of Art Education at the Department of Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Pauline von Bonsdorff’s previous research has dealt extensively with environmental and urban aesthetics and the theory of architecture. Lately she has turned towards questions of contemporary art, art education and children’s culture. At present she is involved in several research projects, e.g. Artification and its Impact on Art funded by the Academy of Finland.

Piritta Malinen is Doctor of Arts working currently as visual arts teacher at Kauriala Upper Secondary School in Hämeenlinna. She defended her thesis Spraycan Leads – Towards Art? Graffiti Experience and the Interaction Between Graffiti and Art Education last November (2011) at the University of Lapland. She is also a practicing artist herself.

Joanna Zylinska is a cultural theorist writing on new technologies and new media, ethics and art. She is Reader in New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the author of three books – Bioethics in the Age of New Media Press, 2009), The Ethics of Cultural Studies (Continuum, 2005) and On Spiders, Cyborgs and Being Scared: the Feminine and the Sublime (Manchester University Press, 2001). Zylinska has a new book on the idea of mediation, Life after New Media (with Sarah Kember) forthcoming from the MIT Press. Together with Clare Birchall, Gary Hall and Open Humanities Press, she has just launched the JISC-funded project Living Books about Life, a series of 21 co-edited, electronic open access books about life – with life understood both philosophically and biologically – which provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. Zylinska is one of the Editors of Culture Machine, an international open-access journal of culture and theory. She combines her philosophical writings with photographic art practice. http://www.joannazylinska.net

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