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Tero Karppi

Assistant Professor
905 569 4652
Office Location:
CCT 3079

Programs: CCIT; Graduate Appointment at Faculty of Information
Currently accepting PhD students: Yes
Specialization: Critical/cultural studies of social media platforms; affect theory; non-human theories; computational culture. 

Research Interests:
My research focuses on disconnections in social media and network culture in theory and in practice. I am interested in understanding our culture of connectivity through different platforms and their operations – especially I am interested in the moments of failure. That is, when things crash, users leave social media sites, or our expectations of how technology should work fail. Often, my works try to challenge human-centric approaches and open our computational culture from non-human perspectives. My book tentatively titled Disconnect. Contesting Social Media is currently contracted with University of Minnesota Press.

Research Areas:

  • Social Media
  • Platforms, data
  • AI, automation, algorithms 
  • Social Bots, Robots
  • Computational culture and software studies
  • Affect theory
  • Cultural techniques


A. Peer reviewed articles

Tero Karppi, “The Computer Said So”: On the Ethics, Effectiveness, and Cultural Techniques of Predictive Policing. Social Media + Society, 2018 Vol. 4 No.2.

Marc Böhlen and Tero Karppi, ”Making of Robot Care,” Transformations Journal, No 29, 2017.

Tero Karppi, Marc Böhlen and Yvette Granata, “Killer Robots as Cultural

Techniques,” International Journal of Cultural Studies, published online before print October 6, 2016.

Tero Karppi and Kate Crawford, “Social Media, Financial Algorithms and the Hack Crash.”

Theory, Culture & Society, Published online before print May 4, 2015.

Kate Crawford, Jessa Lingel and Tero Karppi, “Our metrics, ourselves: A hundred years of self-

tracking from the weight scale to the wrist wearable device,” European Journal of Cultural Studies Aug-Oct 2015 18: 479-496.

Tero Karppi, ”’Change Name to No One. Like People’s Statuses’ Facebook Trolling and

Managing Online Personas.” The Fibreculture Journal, 2013, issue 22.

Tero Karppi, “Death Proof. On the Biopolitics and Noopolitics of Memorializing Dead Facebook Users.” Culture Machine 2013, Vol. 14.

Tero Karppi, ”Exploring Augmented Reality: On Users and Rewiring the Senses.” CTRL-Z: New Media Philosophy 2012, Issue 2.

Tero Karppi and Olli Sotamaa, “Rethinking Playing Research. DJ HERO and Methodological Observations in the Mix.“ Simulation & Gaming, June 2012 vol. 43 no. 3: 413-429.

Tero Karppi, “Digital Suicide and the Biopolitics of Leaving Facebook.“ Transformations Journal 2011Issue No.20.

Tero Karppi, ”Joukkotuhoa ajattelevat kuvat: Yö ja usva.” Lähikuva 3/2008, 41-55. 

B. Book

Tero Karppi, DisconnectFacebook’s Affective Bonds. (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming 2018).

C. Journal Special Issues

Tero Karppi, Lotta Kähkönen, Mona Mannevuo, Mari Pajala and Tanja

Sihvonen (eds.), Affective Capitalism. Special issue of ephemera 16(4), November 2016.

Tanja Sihvonen and Tero Karppi (eds.), Sosiaaliset mediat ja minäteknologiat – a social media special issue for Lähikuva No.2, 2012.

D. Book Chapters


Tero Karppi, “Happy Accidents – Facebook and the Value of Affect.” In Networked Affect by Ken Hillis, Susanna Paasonen & Michale Petit. MIT Press 2015, pp. 221-234.