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Virtuous wars and virtual enemies. The construction of self, other, and conflict in Black Hawk Down and other mass media representations
(Master thesis; Mastergradsoppgave, 2005-06-07)
The present thesis looks at the relationship between cultures, mass media representations, war, and peace. The main research question is how self, other, and conflict are presented in artefacts of contemporary US popular culture - war and action movies in particular - and what impact such representations have on the attitudes, conceptualisations, and, ultimately, the behaviour of individuals and ...
Between constitutive absence and subversive presence : self and other in the Contemporary War Film.
(Doctoral thesis; Doktorgradsavhandling, 2012-04-19)
Through the combination of a discourse-theoretical framework and advances in cognitive film theory, this dissertation aims at conceptualizing the ways through which film and other audio-visual media impact on the spectator and on political discourse. In close readings of a variety of contemporary war films and games, I describe the formal representational conventions through which the genre frames ...
Rearticulating the experience of war in 'Eine Frau in Berlin'
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2012)
Situating itself in the field of cultural memory studies, this article traces the slow emergence in German historical discourse of the narrative of an anonymous German woman who survived the Soviet occupation of Berlin in 1945. I will, firstly, conceptualize the historical condition of the Anonyma as a precarious liminal sphere of transition between competing sovereignties that dislodged her political ...
Ubiquitous absent enemies: character engagement in the contemporary war film
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2013)
The present article provides an analysis of the narrative and technical devices through which contemporary war films frame audience engagement with characters. It compiles and systematizes a wide set of empirical findings and exemplifies these through brief, illustrative readings of a selection of films. Combining Smith’s approach to film reception with insights from Laclau and Mouffe’s theory of ...
Borders, barriers and grievable lives : the discursive production of self and other in film and other audio-visual media
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2011)
On the background of a close reading of Ridley Scott’s war film Black Hawk Down (USA 2001; BHD), this paper investigates the formal properties through which a certain strain of war and action movies discursively constitutes the other – the enemy - as less than human. I develop the argument that the emergent relation between friend and foe in these films can be read through the concept of the border ...
Articulating Threats/Threatening Articulations: The Discursive Impact of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) on Local Systems of Meaning
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2010)
This paper deals with the threats posed by persistent organic pollutants (POPs) to Arctic populations. It does not primarily focus on the negative impacts these substances have on ecosystems and human organisms, but rather directs its attention to the potentially disruptive effects the articulation of these threats might have on Arctic communities and systems of meaning. I employ the theoretical ...
Beyond Mimesis. War, History, and Memory in Eastwood’s Flags of our Fathers
(Chapter; Bokkapittel, 2013)
A recent series of publications concerning the interrelation between memory, media and history (Erll 2005, Erll/Nünning 2004&2008, Oesterle 2005) bear witness to a growing scholarly interest in issues of reconstructing, representing and conveying past events. Because of its wide reach, film plays a significant role as medium for such processes (Erll/Wodianka 2008, Erll/Rigney 2009). This study focuses ...
Playing Cultural Memory: Framing History in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops' and 'Czechoslovakia 38-89: Assassination'
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2016-03-21)
The present article brings game studies into dialogue with cultural memory studies and argues for the significance of computer games for historical discourse and memory politics. Drawing upon the works of Robert Rosenstone and Astrid Erll, we develop concepts and theories from film studies and adapt them to respond to the media specificity of computer games. Through a critical reading of the first ...
Elisabeth Eide og Kristin Skare Orgeret (red.): Etter beste kjønn: Kjønnsperspektiv på medier og journalistikk.
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel, 2016)
Art Across Borders: Dislocating Artistic and Curatorial Practices in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2015-04-27)
The present article investigates the role of artworks in processes of bordering in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region. Drawing upon a neo-formalist framework, it firstly analyses works that were exhibited during the X-Border Art Biennial to identify disruptive potentials vested in the artistic pieces’ formal properties, before it, secondly, addresses potential performance effects of these works and of ...