Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


I am a professor and senior lecturer in Film Studies. I also have an assignment as deputy dean at the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology, with special responsibility for education. My teaching covers most areas in the discipline, preferably film history, film analysis and theory, as well as I am supervising postgraduates and doctoral students. In my research I work with film music (and experimental methods) and different aspects of Swedish film. I am interested in questions concerning Swedish-American cinematic relations, celebrity studies and film stars, and film music and neuroscientific methods. During fall 2014 I was a visiting lecturer at University of Washington in Seattle where I gave a course about film and migration, and I have previously been a visiting scholar at University of Southampton, UK.


About the research

In my research, I am currently working with two projects.

The first, "Film music experience and experimental methods", explores the possibilites of using psychophysiological and neuroscientific empirical methods to study spectators' experience of audiovisual narrative, above all in fiction films. For example, eye-tracking measurements are employed to see whether, and in which ways, attention changes when different sound environments accompany the same scenes, or how the spectator's experience is changing due to shifting interactions between film and music.


The second is called "Anita Ekberg and the construction of a contested celebrity". Here I look into how Anita Ekberg was constructed as a star in Hollywood in the 1950s, and how she came to embody ideas about the Swedish sex symbol. In this celebrity study I compare the reception and writings about Ekberg in Swedish and American press, and in future work I will also study Ekberg's time in Italy.


Besides I continue with my project on transnational film relations between USA and Sweden in which I among other things explore how the Swedish migration and migrants to USA is  pictured in both Swedish and American film cultures, and the use of films in the Swedish-American communities to shape memories about Sweden.


Books (5)
Editorships (5)
Articles (7)
Book chapters (24)
Encyclopaedia entries (6)
Conference contributions (20)
Reviews (8)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (1)
Supervision at Lund University (2)

Research portal (Lund University)



  • Deputy Dean at Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology
  • Chairperson, Grundutbildningsnämnden, Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology
  • Member, Faculty Board, Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology
  • Member, Fakultetsstyrelsens arbetsutskott, Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology


Ann-Kristin Wallengren

Film Studies
Centre for Languages and Literature

Deputy Dean
Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology

Contact information

E-mail ann-kristin.wallengrenlitt.luse

Phone +46 46 222 84 76

Room SOL:H131a

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address
Box 201, 221 00 Lund (professor)
Box 192, 221 00 Lund (Deputy Dean)

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