I am a specialist in the study of transnational screen media with a focus on both Nordic media cultures and environmental considerations in media production. I am an editor of Journal of Scandinavian Cinema and a docent (affiliate professor) in film and television studies at the University of Helsinki.
I have published seven books (including three monographs and four edited collections) and edited five journal special issues in transnational and ecocritical media studies. These focus on areas such as transnational production and distribution networks, audiences, genre production, cultural policy and media regulation. I have published 21 peer reviewed articles for journals such as Studies in Documentary Film and Film International and book chapters for a wide range of international collections. Topics range from producing documentaries for domestic broadcasting to indigenous film practice, from the use of digital platforms in genre production to adaptations of television shows across cultures. Furthermore, I am contracted to write the monographs Environmental Management of the Media (Routledge, 2017) and Nordsploitation: History, Industry, Audiences (Bloomsbury, 2018). I currently lead a British Academy project on the environmental footprint of European screen production.
At Warwick, I teach the modules Approaching Global Media and The Global Audience. I also supervise Major Research Projects.
I currently supervise projects on Nordic cinema and immigration as well as cultural memory in the Bahamas.
Kääpä, Pietari. 2014. Ecology and Contemporary Nordic Cinemas, New York: Bloomsbury.
Kääpä, Pietari. 2011. The Cinema of Mika Kaurismäki: Transvergent Cinescapes, Emergent Identities, Bristol: Intellect.
Kääpä, Pietari. 2010 The National and Beyond: the Globalisation of Finnish Cinema in the Films of Aki and Mika Kaurismäki, Oxford: Peter Lang.
Kääpä, Pietari. 2017. Environmental Management of the Media: Case Studies from the Nordic Context, London: Routledge. Routledge Studies in Environmental Communication and Media.
Kääpä, Pietari and Gustafsson, Tommy (co-authored). 2017. The Politics of Nordsploitation: History, Industry, Audiences, New York: Bloomsbury. Bloomsbury Global Exploitation Cinemas Series.
Edited Collections (including editorials) – Books
Kääpä, Pietari and Gustafsson, Tommy (ed.) 2015. Nordic Genre Film: Small Nation Film Culture in the Global Marketplace, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Kääpä, Pietari and Gustafsson Tommy (ed.) 2013. Transnational Ecocinemas: Film Culture in an Era of Ecological Transformation, Bristol: Intellect.
Kääpä, Pietari. (ed.) 2012. Directory of World Cinema: Finland, Bristol: Intellect.
Kääpä, Pietari and Laine, Silja (ed.) 2012. World Film Locations: Helsinki, Bristol: Intellect.
Edited Collections (Including Editorials) – Journal Issues
Kääpä, Pietari and Sills-Jones, Dafydd (eds.) Industrial Considerations in Finnish Documentary Film, special issue of Studies in Documentary Film, 2015.
Kääpä, Pietari (ed.) Ecocinema Audiences, special issue of Interactions: Studies in Communications and Culture, vol. 3:4, 2014.
Kääpä, Pietari and Seppälä, Jaakko (ed.) 2013. Transnationaali suomalainen elokuva (Transnational Finnish Film Culture), special issue of Lähikuva, 3/2012
Kääpä, Pietari and Gustafsson Tommy (ed.) 2012. Ecocinemas of Transnational China, special issue of Interactions: Studies in Communications and Culture, vol. 2:2, 2012.
Kääpä, Pietari and Gustafsson Tommy (ed.) 2011. Adapting National Identity/Hollywood and the Norden, (co-edited with Tommy Gustafsson, Linnaeus University), Film International special issue, vol. 9:2, 2011.
Kääpä, Pietari (ed.) 2007. Wider Screen 2/2007 – The Cinema of Aki Kaurismäki: the Politics of Contradiction.
Articles in Refereed Books
Kääpä, Pietari, 2016. “Transnational Challenges in Ecocinema”, in Alex, Rayson, Deborah, Susan (ed.) Ecodocumentaries – Critical Essays, Palgrave MacMillan.
Kääpä, Pietari. 2016. “Nordic Ecodocumentaries and Practitioner Agency”, in Hjort, Mette and Lindqvist, Ursula (eds.) A Companion to Nordic Cinema, London: Blackwell.
Kääpä, Pietari, 2016. “Cyclical Conceptualisations of Time: The Cinema of the Sami from an Ecocritical Perspective”, in Monani, Salma and Adamson, Joni (eds.) Indigenous Cinema and Ecocriticism, London: Routledge
Kääpä, Pietari, 2016. “From Nordic Gloom to Nordic Cool: Genre as an Industrial Strategy”, in Barrett, Ciara and Dibeltulo, Silvia (eds.) Genres in Transition, London: Routledge (forthcoming).
Kääpä, Pietari, 2016. ”From Industry to Art: The New Wave as a Transnational Phenomenon” and “The Generation of Producers: Finnish Cinema as a Commercial Enterprise”, in Bacon, Henry et al. (ed.) Finnish Cinema: A Transnational Enterprise. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Kääpä, Pietari, 2015. “A Culture of Reciprocity – Producing Genre Film in the Nordic Region”, in Kääpä, P. and Gustafsson, T. Nordic Genre Film, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Kääpä, Pietari. 2014. “Northern Exposures and Marginal Critiques: the Cinema of the Sami in a Postcolonial Framework”, in MacKenzie, Scott and Stenport, Anna W. (eds.) Films on Ice: Arctic Imaginations, Landscapes, and Populations in Moving Images, Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press.
Kääpä, Pietari, Karkulehto, Sanna and Laine, Kimmo. 2013. ”Adapting National Literature to Cinema”, in Leppihalme, Ilmari et al. (ed.) Nykykirjallisuutemme historia, Helsinki: SKS, pp. 134-145.
Kääpä, Pietari. 2012. “Transnational Ecocinema: Charting an Expansive Field”, in Kääpä, Pietari and Gustafsson, Tommy (eds.) Transnational Ecocinemas: Film Culture in an Era of Ecological Transformation, Bristol: Intellect, pp. 35-59.
Kääpä, Pietari. 2007. “From Helsinki to Rio de Janeiro: Negotiating National Identity in the Films of Mika Kaurismäki”, in Bacon, Henry et al. (ed.) Suomalaisuus Valkokankaalla, Helsinki: LIKE, 2007, pp. 70-88.
Articles in Refereed Journals
Kääpä, Pietari and Sills-Jones, Dafydd, 2016. “Emerging Patterns in Finnish Documentary Production: Negotiations Between Art and Commerce”, Studies in Documentary Film.
Kääpä, Pietari and Seppälä, Jaakko. 2012. ”Transnational Approaches to Finnish Film Culture", Lähikuva 3/2012, pp. 8–33.
Kääpä, Pietari. 2012. “The Politics of Viewing Ecocinema in China”, Interactions, 2:2, 2012, pp. 159-175.
Kääpä, Pietari. 2011. “Born American?” – Renny Harlin Meets the Dream Factory”, Film International, issue 2, 2011, pp. 55-70.
Kääpä, Pietari. 2010. “Imaginaries of a Global Finland: Patterns of Globalisation in Finnish Cinema of the 21st Century”, Scandinavian-Canadian Studies, vol. 19 (2), 2010, pp. 262-283.
Kääpä, Pietari. “The Politics of National Identity in Aki Kaurismäki’s The Leningrad Cowboys, Wider Screen, 2:2.
Kääpä, Pietari. 2004. “The Working Class has no Fatherland: Aki Kaurismäki’s Films and the Transcendence of National Untranslatability”, in Nestingen, A. (ed.) In Search of Aki Kaurismäki: Aesthetics and Contexts, Beaverton, Aspasia Books, 2004 / International Journal of Finnish Studies, pp. 77-95.