Joonas S. Martikainen

Researcher in Philosophy, Social and Political Theory

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Hello! I am a researcher in critical social and political theory. I work on political philosophy and democratic theory, focusing on phenomena such as the loss of political agency and the affective conditions of political freedom. I make use of a variety of approaches, such as political phenomenology, contemporary critical social and political theory, and theories of deliberative and radical democracy. I also teach political philosophy and theory.

I'm mainly interested in the pre-cognitive, affective aspects of political freedom. My doctoral dissertation was about the phenomenon of political poverty, or an experienced loss of political freedom. My research investigates the ways that people can become informally disenfranchised and unable to effectively participate in democratic processes while remaining ostensibly included in them. I received my Doctorate in Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki in 2021.

I am currently affiliated with the discipline of Practical Philosophy at the University of Helsinki.

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