Asko Lehmuskallio is Full Professor of Visual Studies and Scientific Director of the COMET Research Centre.
He works in the New Social Research programme, focusing particularly on the intersection between visual studies and media studies, with a special interest in media anthropology and digital cultures.
He leads a research project on Banal Surveillance, funded by the Academy of Finland, and is co-founder of the Visual Studies Lab.
Lehmuskallio studied cultural anthropology at Philipps-Universität Marburg, and image science (Bildwissenschaft) at the Dept. of Art History and Media Theory, Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe. He received his PhD (YTT) at the School of Communication, Media and Theatre in Tampere, and was awarded in 2016 the Title of Docent in Visual Studies. Lehmuskallio has held several positions abroad, including as Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, US, and the Sussex Humanities Lab, UK, and as Rudolf Arnheim Guest Professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.
Among his publications are the co-edited works Digital Photography and Everyday Life (2016) and Mobile Digital Practices (2017) and the Finnish-language Entanglements between Bodies and Documents: A History of the Finnish Passport (2020), co-authored with Paula Haara. In addition, he has published in a variety of journals and edited books, including in Visual Communication, International Journal of Communication, IEEE Pervasive Computing and Journal of Aesthetics and Culture.
Lehmuskallio has also co-curated two well-received exhibitions at the Finnish Museum of Photography, #snapshot (2014-15) and Documenting the body: A history of the Finnish Passport (2020).
ORCID ID 0000-0002-8271-9830, Twitter handle @verlook.