Saara Särmä is a feminist, a scholar and an artist. She is the co-founder of the Feminist think tank Hattu and the creator of "Congrats, you have an all male panel!", "Congrats, you have an all white panel!", and "Congrats, you did not cite any feminists!"
Her art work has been exhibited at the Finnish Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2014 in Tampere (#poltut14 series), at the Annual Sociological Conference 2014 in Rovaniemi, and at the 9th European Feminist Research Conference in 2015. She has made and/or presented her work as part of conference panels at KATSE/FISA 2013 in Naantali and at ISA 2014 in Toronto.
Art critic Veikko Halmetoja of #poltut14
"The artworks by Saara Särmä are a functional example of socio-political themes fitting in with contemporary art. Särmä's visual style incorporates both funny and inventive ways of reconstructing the relations of power between politics and political science in her collages."
Saara defended her doctoral dissertation in International Relations in 2014 at the University of Tampere. Her dissertation is titled Junk Feminism and Nuclear Wannabes - Collaging Parodies of Iran and North Korea. It is published by Tampere University Press and available electronically at http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-44-9535-9 In the dissertation she focused on internet parody images and memes and developed a unique art-based collage methodology for studying world politics.
Saara interested in politics of visuality, feminist academic activism, and laughter in world politics. Currently she is working on developing the visual collage methodology further as both a research and a pedagogical tool and experimenting with collective possibilities of collaging.