Background

Kristoffer Noheden is a research fellow in cinema studies in the Department of Media Studies. He holds a PhD in cinema studies from Stockholm University, and an MA in film studies and a BA in cultural studies from the University of Gothenburg. He has been Northern Scholars Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh (autumn 2019), and Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar at Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Potsdam (October 2017 to July 2018).

Noheden has a background as a freelance writer, a literary translator, and an editor at the surrealist-oriented small press Sphinx Bokförlag.

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Research Interests

Kristoffer Noheden is an interdisciplinary scholar of surrealism, whose research straddles art history, cinema studies, comparative literature, and esotericism studies. Noheden's monograph, Surrealism, Cinema, and the Search for a New Myth (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), examines post-war surrealist cinema in relation to the movement's change in direction following World War II towards the search for a new myth. The book turns to art history, aesthetics, and esotericism studies to explore the development of surrealist film beyond the canonical interwar period. The co-edited volume, Surrealism and Film after 1945: Absolutely Modern Mysteries (Manchester University Press. 2021), sheds further light on this under-explored part of film history

Noheden is also the author of more than twenty-five articles and book chapters on surrealist exhibitions, surrealism and film theory, animals and ecology in surrealism, and Lars von Trier's and Andrzej Zulawski's films.

Noheden's broader research interests include ecocriticism and environmental philosophy, documentary film, the history of film theory, the impact of occultism on modernism and media, and exhibition history.

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Ongoing Research

Noheden is currently concluding a project on surrealism and ecocriticism, funded with a three-year grant from the Swedish Research Council, which will result in a monograph on surrealism's emphasis on mythical and poetical approaches to nature following World War II. He is also engaged in a new project on surrealism in Sweden together with art historian Andrea Kollnitz, also funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Drawing on his interdisciplinary research on surrealism, Noheden is co-curator of the exhibitions Surrealism and Film: Making the Unreal Real at Mjellby Art Museum, May to September 2021, and Alan Glass: Surrealism's Secret at Leeds Arts University, December 2021 to January 2022.

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