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Jussi Parikka teaches and writes on the cultural theory and history of new media. He has a PhD in Cultural History from the University of Turku, Finland and is Reader and Pathway Leader in Media Studies at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. Parikka is Director of the new multidisciplinary research institute CoDE – Cultures of Digital Economy that involves nearly 40 affiliated staff members working on a range of research themes from digital humanities to new performance arts and technologies, games to media theory and network culture. He is also the co-director of the Anglia Research Centre in Digital Culture (ArcDigital).
Parikka has authored and edited 5 books with 2 more contracted to come out within the next year. Parikka has published a book on “cultural theory in the age of digital machines” (Koneoppi, in Finnish) and his Digital Contagions: A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses is published by Peter Lang, New York, Digital Formations-series (2007). Parikka is currently working on a book on “Insect Media” (forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press, 2010), which focuses on the media theoretical and historical interconnections of biology and technology. The co-edited collection The Spam Book: On Viruses, Porn, and Other Anomalies from the Dark Side of Digital Culture (Hampton Press) is just out, and Media Archaeologies (University of California Press, 2010) is forthcoming. His articles have been published e.g. in CTheory, Parallax, Postmodern Culture, Game Studies and Fibreculture, as well as in several Finnish journals and books. In addition to English and Finnish, his texts have been published in Portuguese, Polish, and Indonesian. His new research project is on media archaeology as a theory and method for digital culture studies and it is contracted with Polity Press.