The Visual Studies Lab already has a wide range of events underway:

  • 17.1.–24.5.2020: Documenting the body – a history of the Finnish passport, Exhibition at The Finnish Museum of Photography, collections space Angle (

  • Spring 2020: The Banal Surveillance project will organize a seminar/conference in Tampere.

  • October 25, 2019: Post-Digital Epistemologies of the Photographic Image will hold a seminar in Helsinki at the Finnish Museum of Photography, including Prof. Barbie Zelizer (Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania). (

  • May 9, 2019: MEDIASOC (Academy of Finland), opening seminar in Helsinki (

  • Feb 2019: Lecture on Portraits of Unbelonging: Photography and the making of Armenian emigrants, by Zeynep Devrim Gürsel (Dept. of Anthropology, Rutgers School of Arts & Sciences / Eikones, Center for the Theory and History of the Image, University of Basel).

  • Feb 2019: Lecture and workshop on Digital Visualities: Deep Images, Art Probing and Infrastructural Visibility by Inge Hinterwaldner (Art History, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology); Robert Willim (Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University), and; Julia Velkova (Consumer Society Research Centre, University of Helsinki).


The Visual Studies Lab is also proactive in international work.

In April 2020, Helsinki Photomedia, an international biannual conference will be co-organized at Aalto University, Helsinki (


In September 2019, together with ECREA TWG Visual Cultures, the VSL will co-organise a conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Visual Cultures & Communication: Images on the Move (

In addition, Asko Lehmuskallio chairs an international network of scholars from media and communication studies, anthropology and sociology, called ECREA TWG Visual Culture (