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Background

I'm Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Section for Cinema Studies, Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University. My primary research interest is early American cinema, including issues of industrial and cultural change, historic reception, and local film history.

I received my PhD in Stockholm in 2009 for the dissertation "Framing the Feature Film: Multi-Reel Feature Film and American Film Culture in the 1910s." The dissertation was awarded in 2010 as the Best Dissertation Published at Stockholm University’s Faculty of Humanities in 2009. A revised version of the dissertation chapter on the Selig Polyscope Company’s 1914 feature film The Spoilers was published in Media, Popular Culture, and the American Century, edited by Kingsley Bolton and Jan Olsson (Eastleigh, U.K.: John Libbey Publishing, 2010).

My new book George Kleine and American Cinema: The Movie Business and Film Culture in the Silent Era was published by BFI/Palgrave Macmillan in October 2015. Research for this book was made possible by my participation in the project “From Business Commodities to Revered Cultural Heritage: Global Media, Vernacular Strategies, and Cultural Negotiations,” funded by the Swedish Research Council and headed by professor Jan Olsson. I also received support from the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, where I was a research fellow from September 2012 to March 2013.

My current research project, also funded by a grant from the Swedish Research Council, deals with Swedish cinema in the 1920s, in particular how the heightened presence of Hollywood transformed the Swedish film business and film culture in this period.

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Research Interests

My primary research interest is early American cinema, including issues of industrial and cultural change, historic reception, and local film history. Recently I've been exploring the place of American popular culture in processes of cultural globalization, specifically looking at Hollywood's impact on the Swedish film industry and film culture in the silent era.

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Ongoing Research

My current research project, funded by a grant from the Swedish Research Council, is called "Cinema ́s Middle-Zones and the Infrastructure of Entertainment: Hollywood in Sweden in the Silent Era." It deals with Swedish cinema in the 1920s, in particular how the heightened presence of Hollywood transformed the Swedish film industry and film culture in this period.

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