Background

Associate Professor, Docent, working at the department since 2000. I received my PhD at the Department of Cinema Studies at Stockholm University in 1996 for the dissertation “Bildets oppløsning; Filmens bevegelse i historisk og teoretisk perspektiv” (which translates as: “The Resolution of the Image; Film Movement from a historical and theoretical perspective”). I have been a visiting professor and visiting scholar at the Seijo University of Tokyo on five occasions between 2002 and 2011. In 2012, I was also a visiting professor at Kobe College in Japan. In the winter semester 2013-14, I was a senior fellow at the IKKM at Bauhaus-Universtät Weimar. From 2012 to 2014, I participated in the research project “The Archive in Motion”, funded by the Research Council of Norway, and between 2010 and 2015, the research program ”Time, Memory and Representation” at Södertörns University College, Sweden, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. I am co-directing the Stockholm University Graduate School of Aesthetic Sciences, and the co-editor of the book series "Film Theory in Media History” at Amsterdam University Press. Between 2011 and 2015, I was a Steering Committee member of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS).

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Research Interests

My primary research interests are film theory, media archaeology, social memory and technology studies and theories of the archive. I have also worked on the Japanese cinema of the 1920s and 1930s. One main tenet of my research is that technological shifts inform the concept and the writing of history and how one understands the past. Departing from montage as a key concept for articulations of the past, I analyse how these modes of montage, juxtaposition and connectivity produce different forms of articulations of the past. I also extend these concepts of montage and connectivity to digital media in order to analyze changes and differences between analog and digital archival networks. Key theorists for my research are Jean Epstein, Gilles Deleuze, Friedrich Kittler and Gilbert Simondon, and I have been extensively engaged in the work of Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, Etienne-Jules Marey and Jean Epstein.

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Ongoing Research

I am currently engaged in research on the interdependencies between censorship and archives through the case of Statens Biografbyrå (The Swedish Board of Film Classification) (1911-2011). Censorship and selection are key operations within all archives, but they change with different technical media for inscription, storage, metadata and access. Another case for my current research on archival theory is Les Archives de la Planète, an archival initiative by the French banker Albert Kahn during the years 1908-1931, aiming to document social life around the world through the technologies of colour photography, stereography and film. This collection forms a special network of media which aimed to document diverse civilizations for a future time when globalization has made them obsolete.

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