Katriina Heljakka


Doctoral Student, Cultural Production and Landscape Studies (School of History, Culture and Arts Studies)
Postdoctoral Researcher, Cultural Production and Landscape Studies (School of History, Culture and Arts Studies)

katriina.heljakka@utu.fi







Biography



Toy researcher
Katriina Heljakka (Doctor of Arts, MA (Art history), M.Sc. (Econ.), holds a
post-doctoral position at University of Turku (digital culture studies) and
continues her research on toys and the visual, material, digital and social
cultures of play in the Academy of Finland project Centre of Excellence in Game
Culture Studies. Her current research interests include the emerging
toyification of contemporary culture, toy design and the hybrid and social
dimensions of ludic practices. During her career, Heljakka, who received her
doctorate from Aalto University, has worked in the toy industry as a game
designer and creative manager responsible for trend-related research and
concept creation. In parallel to being an academic, Heljakka has been involved
in character creation, authored children’s storybooks and participated in
multiple art exhibitions with her toy-related photography and playable art
installations both in Finland, Portugal and the U.S. To explore the discipline
of toy design education, Heljakka has visited and lectured (and played) at the
toy design programs of the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, Delft
University, Shenkar College in Tel Aviv, MIT Game Lab, Fashion Institute of
Technology in New York and OTIS School of Design in Los Angeles. In 2017,
Heljakka visited the Strong National Institute of Play as a research fellow. She
currently acts as the Chief of Play at Pori Laboratory of Play (PLOP). Contact:
katriina.heljakka@utu.fi






Publications
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Disliked and demonized dollies: pediophobia and popular toys of the present (2018)
Wider Screen
Heljakka K
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Hybrid Social Play Final Report (2018)Paavilainen Janne, Heljakka Katriina, Arjoranta Jonne, Kankainen Ville, Lahdenperä Linda,
Koskinen Elina, Kinnunen Jani, Sihvonen Lilli, Nummenmaa Timo, Mäyrä Frans, Koskimaa Raine, Suominen Jaakko

(
D4 Published development or research report or study)

Digital natives and cardboard cubes: Co-creating a physical play(ful) ideation tool with preschool children (2017)Heljakka Katriina, Ihamäki Pirita
(
A4 Article in conference proceedings)

Stigma Avoidance through Visual Contextualization: Adult Toy Play on Photo Sharing Social Media (2017)
New Media and Society
Heljakka Katriina, Harviainen J. Tuomas, Suominen Jaakko
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

The Sigrid-Secrets Geocaching Trail: Influencing Well-being through a Gamified Art Experience (2017)
CEUR Workshop Proceedings
Katriina Heljakka, Pirita Ihamäki
(
A4 Article in conference proceedings)

Workshop on the Internet of Toys – Character Toys with Digital Dimension and Connections (2017)Katriina Heljakka, Pirita Ihamäki
(
A4 Article in conference proceedings)

All dolled up, then photoplayed: the fashion-oriented practices of adult doll players in the twenty-first century (2016)
Catwalk: The Journal of Fashion, Beauty, and Style
Katriina Heljakka
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Comicubes – A playful tool to stimulate (design) creativity (2016)Katriina Heljakka, Pirita Ihamäki
(
B3 Article in conference proceedings)

Fifty shades of toys: notions of play and things for play in the Fifty Shades of Grey canon (2016)
Intensities: the Journal of Cult Media
Katriina Heljakka
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

N 61° 29.330 E 021° 47.580”. Sigrid-Secrets: Taide-elämyksiä geokätköillen (2016)Katriina Heljakka, Pirita Ihamäki
(
D2 Article in a professional research book)

Towards a framework for analysing playful interventions - Lessons from a pink sandbox full of dice (2016)Kultima Annakaisa, Nummenmaa Timo, Savolainen Sampo, Holopainen Jussi, Heljakka Katriina Irja, Kankainen Ville, Alha Kati, Mäyrä Frans
(
A4 Article in conference proceedings)

Toying with Twin Peaks: fans, artists and re-playing of a cult-series (2016)Katriina Heljakka
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

From toys to television and back – My Little Pony appropriated in adult toy play (2015)Katriina Heljakka
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Leikkitieto 2015 – Pelillistyvä nukkeleikki leikillisen käänteen aikakaudella (2015)
Pelitutkimuksen Vuosikirja
Katriina Heljakka
(
A3 Book chapter)

Lelulaatikon rajoja rikkomassa – Tapaus Ken ja samanarvoistuvat nykyleikit (2015)
WiderScreen
Katriina Heljakka
(
B1 Journal article)

Toys as Tools for Skill-building and Creativity in Adult Life (2015)
Seminar.net
Katriina Heljakka
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)


Last updated on 2018-30-10 at 15:08