Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


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 and I hold an M.A. in Film Studies from Lund University. My academic background also includes studies in Communication Studies and English Language and Literature. My primary research area is Swedish film history with a focus on sponsored film and experimental film.


About the research

In my dissertation, I examine the Swedish critic, director, and researcher Gösta Werner's (1908-2009) filmmaking. Emphasis is put on three specific fields within which Werner was active during his career: experimental film, feature film, and most notably, sponsored film.

During the 1940s and 50s, Werner and many other artistically ambitious filmmakers, like Arne Sucksdorff, Alex Jute and Egil Holmsen, sought financial aid from commissioners. As a sponsored filmmaker, Werner directed several films documenting and communicating industrial processes, but he also directed a number of more artistically oriented films where he was allowed to experiment with film as an artistic expression. With his films, like The Train (1948), To Kill a Child (1953), and City Lights (1954), Werner emerged as a one of Sweden's few internationally renowned short film directors. Moreover, these films reached a broad and diversified audience: from schools and work-places to international film festivals.

My project has two aims: first, to get a better picture of Werner's filmmaking and his unstable position within the Swedish film industry; second, to place these neglected films in a cultural context and champion an improved understanding of the logic that permeated the short film production in Sweden during the 40s and 50s.


Articles (5)
Book chapters (1)
Conference contributions (13)
Reviews (5)

Research portal (Lund University)


Teaching autumn 2017

Other tasks and qualifications

Administrative assignments

- 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: An Introduction, 2014

Teaching Experience

Early cinema, 2014
Film Theory, 2014
Supervision of bachelor theses, Film Studies: B.A. course, 2014


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


- 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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