Asko Lehmuskallio serves as Professor of Visual Studies in the Communication Sciences Unit at Tampere University, Finland. He is co-founder and director of the Visual Studies Lab, created to advance the interdisciplinary study of the visual in its many forms.
Working at the intersections between visual studies and media studies, Lehmuskallio is particularly interested in the interrelations between images, bodies and visual technologies, specifically those between seeing and knowing. He leads two research projects, one on Banal Surveillance, funded by the Academy of Finland, another on Image/Knowledge, funded by the C.V. Åkerlund Media Foundation. In addition, he is involved in a project on Speculative Cameras.
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. Lehmuskallio has worked also as researcher at the Helsinki Insitute for Information Technology HIIT and conducted postdoctoral work at the University of Siegen.
After his PhD, Lehmuskallio has held several other positions abroad too, including as Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, US and at the Sussex Humanities Lab, UK, as well as Rudolf Arnheim Guest Professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.
During his time at LSE he works with Professor Lilie Chouliaraki.
Photo: Barbara Herrenkind