Irma Hirsjärvi, PhD, works as a researcher in the University of Jyväskylä (The Research Centre for Contemporary Culture) in the Academy of Finland project Populism as movement and rhetoric.
Hirsjärvi has acted as one of the Finnish representatives in the EU COST-Action IS090 project (Participation in/through media, Work Group 2), member in the Baltic region Young people reading fantasy project, as well as coordinator and researcher in The Global Comparative Youth Media Participation project (Academy of Finland 2009-2013). She is one of the founding members of The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (FINFAR), and member of the board in the peer-reviewed journal Fafnir (Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy).
In her research, Hirsjärvi utilizes her previous study on science fiction and fantasy fandoms and global networks (Hirsjärvi 2009) as well as her vast experience from the fields of both fandom and research.
Hirsjärvi, Irma (2010) Fandom, New Media, Participatory Cultures. In Ulla Carlsson (ed.) Children and youth in the digital media culture from a Nordic horizon. The International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media, Yearbook 2010. Gothenburg: Nordicom. 133–142.
Hirsjärvi, Irma (2009) Fan Cultures – Meaningful Relations and Media Participation. Newsletter on Children, Youth and Media in the World2, 2009. http://www.nordicom.gu.se/cl/publ/letter.php
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