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Research interests

Forthcoming publications: 

Varis, Piia. Ethnography. In The Routledge Handbook of English Language and Digital Humanities (eds. Svenja Adolphs & Dawn Knight). Abingdon: Routledge.

Varis, Piia. Digital ethnography in the study of language, gender and sexuality. In The Routledge Handbook of Language, Gender and Sexuality (eds. Judith Baxter & Jo Angouri). Abingdon: Routledge.

Varis, Piia & Mingyi Hou. Digital approaches in linguistic ethnography. In The Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Ethnography (ed. Karin Tusting). Abingdon: Routledge.

Varis, Piia. Digital culture and ethnography. A beginner's guide. New York: Routledge.


In the autumn semester 2018 I teach the following courses: Digital Culture and Society (BA Online Culture: Art, Media and Society), Digital Culture and Society for LAS (Liberal Arts and Sciences), and New Forms of Knowledge Online (MA Online Culture: Art, Media and Society)

In the spring semester 2019 I teach the following courses: The Private Life in a Digital World, and Doing Research: Practice (BA Online Culture: Art, Media and Society)

Current courses

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PhD supervision

PhD supervision:

Du, Caixia. The birth of social class online. The Chinese precariat on the internet. (Defence September 12, 2016)

Hou, Mingyi. Social media celebrity. An investigation into the latest metamorphosis of fame. (Defence May 23, 2018)

Leri, Alice. Who is Turkish American? Investigating contemporary discourses on Turkish Americanness. (Defence September 9, 2014)

Nie, Ted. Memes, communities and continuous change: Chinese internet vernacular explained. (Defence June 18, 2018)

Oudenampsen, Merijn. The conservative embrace of progressive values. On the intellectual origins of the swing to the right in Dutch politics. (Defence January 12, 2018)

van Nuenen, Tom. Scripted journeys. A study on interfaced travel writing. (Defence December 21, 2016) 

Velghe, Fie. 'This is almost like writing'. Mobile phones, learning and literacy in a South African township. (Defence December 3, 2014. Awarded Cum Laude)


  • Digital Culture
  • Digital Media
  • Digital Ethnography
  • Social Media
  • Discourse Studies

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Research Output 2010 2019

Greta Thunberg and the #climatestrike are shaping the climate debate

Varis, P., 7 Feb 2019, In : Diggit Magazine.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlePopular

Capitalization of Feminine Beauty on Chinese Social Media

Kunming, L., 2018, S.l.: [s.n.]. 165 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisScientific

Open Access

Caught between autonomy and control? An analysis of online discourses on child location tracking technologies

Boelhouwers, M., Vanden Abeele, M., Varis, P. & Backus, A., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOther research output

Conspiracy theorising online

Varis, P., 21 May 2018, In : Diggit Magazine.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlePopular

Five years after the Snowden revelations: Solutionism, individualism and surveillant anxiety

Varis, P., 12 Jun 2018, In : Diggit Magazine.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Activities 2011 2018

Nykykulttuuri (Contemporary culture) book series (Publisher)

Piia Varis (Editorial board member)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Workshop 'Ethnographic approach to digitally mediated publics'

Piia Varis (Invited speaker)
22 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Self-surveillance for digital wellness

Piia Varis (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

Europe in Discourse II: Agendas of Reform

Piia Varis (Programme Committee Member)
21 Sep 201823 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conferenceScientific

University of Copenhagen (External organisation)

Piia Varis (Member)
2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific