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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 ...
Selective Realism: Filtering Experiences of War and Violence in First- and Third-Person Shooters
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2015-07-31)
The present article develops the concept of selective realism to understand how design features and narrative frames of first- and third-person shooters (F/TPS) exclude attention to salient, yet unpleasant, features of warfare such as problematic forms of violence, long-term psychological impacts, or socio-political blowbacks. Identifying four specific filters that frame player experiences, I argue ...
Materialist Perspectives on Digital Technologies: Informing Debates on Digital Literacy and Competence
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2016-06-15)
The present article brings critical media research and science and technology studies (STS) into dialogue with approaches to digital literacy and digital competencies in educational contexts. In particular, it focuses on material aspects of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as technical infrastructure, economic conditions, ecological consequences, and code-based as well as ...