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Person

I am pursuing a PhD in Film Studies since the fall of 2013. I have previously graduated Master of Arts in Media Studies with cum laude honors from the University of Amsterdam. My areas of research include propaganda studies, documentary film and useful cinema.

Research

About the research

Theorist, filmmaker, and scholar Gösta Werner (1908–2009) was a Swedish film pioneer who made a lasting impression on the public debate about film as an art form. By studying this influential figure’s texts and films, this dissertation shines light on several key cultural-political conflicts and debates that permeated the emerging Swedish art film institution––from the formation of the study of film to the status of film as art. Despite Werner’s central role in the institutionalization of film culture there has been no in-depth study that scrutinizes his contributions to the field.

My dissertation focuses on Gösta Werner’s career as a theorist and as a filmmaker. The main purpose of this study is to understand Werner’s shifting and contested position within the Swedish film industry. Throughout six decades, Werner directed about 50 films of which a majority were short films. His entry into the film industry was unusual in a Swedish context. During World War II, Werner worked for the Nazi controlled German film company Universum Film AG (Ufa for short) and its Swedish subsidiary AB Ufa-film. Following changes in the Swedish film censorship laws, Ufa decided to start in-house production of a Swedish language newsreel in the fall of 1941. My research shows that Werner worked as a freelance editor of Ufa-journalen (1941–1945), combining the shooting of original footage in Sweden with the editing of images from the war.  While several film scholars have mapped the connections between the German and Swedish film industries in the past, focusing particularly on cultural and economic ties between the two countries, less emphasis has been placed on individual agents and the entangled positions that they occupied. Tracing Werner’s biography, drawing on comprehensive primary sources collected from both private and public archives, this thesis charts the individual actor’s acting space and contextualizes the development of his thinking about cinema, ideology and aesthetics. Taking sociological theories about stigma and different forms of cultural, social and economic capital as a starting point, this dissertation analyzes the discourse surrounding Werner and his filmmaking also in the post-war years. 

Publications

Books (1)
Articles (6)
Book chapters (1)
Encyclopaedia entries (7)
Conference contributions (18)
Reviews (5)

Research portal (Lund University)

Administrative

Tasks

  • Member, Forskarutbildningsnämnden, Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology

Teaching

Teaching autumn 2018

Other tasks and qualifications

Administrative assignments

- Representative for The Humanistic and Theological Doctoral Student Council (HTDR) in the Board for 3rd Cycle Studies, 2017-

- Graduate Student Representative, SCMS Society for Cinema and Media Studies Scandinavian Scholarly Interest Group, 2016-
- Representative in the Centre for Languages and Literature's Board, 2014-2016
- Representative in the Centre for Languages and Literature's Doctoral Student Council (SOLDR), 2014-2016
- Representative for The Humanistic and Theological Doctoral Student Council (HTDR) in the Lund Doctoral Student Union (LDK) governing assembly, 2014-2016
- Administrator and account manager for The Humanistic and Theological Doctoral Student Council (HTDR), 2013-2016

Teacher Training

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Course Leadership and Course Planning, 2015

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: An Introduction, 2014

Honours

Cum laude for M.A. in Media Studies, University of Amsterdam 2012

Membership

- NECS European Network for Cinema and Media Studies
- SCMS Society for Cinema and Media Studies (The Scandinavian Scholarly Interest Group)
- SASS Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study
- CSS The Centre for Scandinavian Studies Copenhagen-Lund
- IAMHIST The International Association for Media and History

Emil Stjernholm

Doctoral Student
Film Studies
Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail emil.stjernholmlitt.luse

Room SOL:H127

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

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