Ari Heinonen, professor of journalism (acting)
Ari Heinonen, Ph.D., is Senior Lecturer (journalism) at the University of Tampere, and Docent of Journalism both at the University of Tampere and University of Jyväskylä. His research interests include journalism and new media, changing journalistic profession and journalism ethics. He has directed and participated in several national and international research projects on the changing nature of journalism in the Age of the Net.

Heikki Luostarinen, professor of journalism and mass communication
In his recent book, Kiinan median suuri harppaus (Chinese media’s great leap forward), professor Heikki Luostarinen reports the results of his study on the goals that motivate Chinese investments in international media. After the 2008 Olympics, China invested 45 billion yuan – about six billion US dollars – in the development of its media companies’ international activities. The investments were provoked by the negative coverage that spread internationally about China when it was preparing for the Olympics. Such news included unrest in Tibet and the tainted baby formula scandal. China’s media campaign was described variously as the “Cultural Industries Promotion Plan”, the “Go Out policy plan of the Chinese media” and the “Great External Propaganda Plan” whose aim is “developing Chinese media in order for them to become international disseminators”. Luostarinen examines the goals, means and results of this campaign in the context of China´s foreign policy, economic development and nation brand work.

Arja Rosenholm, professor of Russian language and culture
Arja Rosenholm, Ph.D. is Professor of Russian language and culture at the University of Tampere, Finland. She has published extensively on 19th and 20th century Russian literature and culture, especially on gender and ecocritical studies. She is the author and co-editor of Understanding Russian Nature (2005), Russian Mass Media and Changing Values (2010), Topographies and Popular Culture (2015), Meanings and Values of Water in Russian Culture. (2016), and Water in Social Imagination. From Technological Optimism to Contemporary Environmentalism. (2017). Her previous research project Water as Social and Cultural Space (AQUA) was funded by the Academy of Finland (2012-2016). Her contemporary research project The Changing Environment of the North: Cultural Representations and Uses of Water (CEN) is funded by the Academy of Finland (2017-2021).

Iiris Ruoho, senior lecturer and adjunct professor of journalism and mass communication
Adjunct Professor, Senior Lecturer Iiris Ruoho is working in the field of journalism and media studies at the University of Tampere. She is well known for her feminist media and television drama studies in Finland. Nowadays her study interest is in the mediated journalistic leadership, gender and digitalization of media and society in Finland, China and Russia. She has been a visiting scholar in the universities of Texas at Austin (1995, 1997), Oregon at Eugene (2006) and Fudan University at Shanghai (2011). During her academic career, she has had several positions of trust, as an example of current board membership of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies. Her list of publications includes over 100 scientific and other research based publications and papers. Her latest (2014-) project is about Twitter politics – democracy, representation and equality in the new online public spheres of politics. She has been a key organizer of the Sino-Nordic conference on women and leadership Potentiality, Ability and Authority May 23-25, 2016 (Tampere, Finland) and a vice chair the Sino-Nordic conference Digital Culture and Society October 22-21, 2017 (Shanghai, China).

Dmitry Yagodin, post-doctoral researcher in media studies
Dmitry Yagodin is a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Tampere. He is interested in comparative media studies, environmental communication and digital cultures. Much of his work focuses on examples from the post-Soviet space. He is currently studying the use of social media in national and international communication. He contributed to Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science as the author of “Climate Change Communication in Russia” (2017). He also recently co-edited two books based on large-scale multinational comparisons: “Media and Global Climate Knowledge” (2017) and “Journalism and the NSA Revelations” (2017).

Aleksandr Zelenin, university lecturer of Russian language
The main focuses of Aleksandr Zelenin’s interests are studying of linguistic processes in the mass media, linguistic and rhetorical techniques of argumentation and counterargumenation, multimodal transformations in russian social media, transformation of linguo-cultural concepts in the Russian sociocultural space, studying of bilingualism and multuculturalism. His important publications include the following:
The Language of the Russian Emigrant Press (1917-1939). Tampere, 2007 (in Russian)
From the nature as a “workroom” to a Madagascar cockroach (transformations of the concept of nature in the russian journal Nauka i zhizn’). In: The Ideas of Good Life in Contemporary Russian Mass Media, Ekaterinburg, 2008 (in Russian)
Germans in Russian Culture (linguistic imagology). In: Russian language in school. Moskva, 2013, №4 (in Russian)
“Dad, where is my lipka?”. In: With Love to the Word. Festschrift for Arto Mustajoki. Helsinki, 2008 (in Russian)

Mika Perkiömäki, coordinator
Phone: +358 50 437 7396
Room: Pinni B5040, University of Tampere.