Cinema Studies comprises the study of moving images and image cultures from the pre-cinematic era to the various screen cultures and digital platforms of the contemporary media landscape. The discipline is largely focused on significant media-historical developments studied in a broad theoretical, historical, and contemporary perspective where research objectives and research methods are in a process of constant innovation and redefinition.
The historical perspective for audio-visual media is central to the research profile of the Section for Cinema Studies, which embraces research in early Swedish and international film history, including feature films, documentaries, the history of television, alternative film cultures (such as avant-garde film), educational film, and pornographic film.
An important aspect of our research addresses media-archaeological approaches and their relation to archives, memory, and historiography. In line with this, Cinema Studies has established a central role in relation to a number of institutions and archives, including the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, the National Library of Sweden, the archive of the Swedish public service television company, Sveriges Television (SVT), and the Swedish Film Institute (SFI). In the main, archives and institutions of collective memory, including online media, form a part of the rich contextual field with which the subject area engages.
Accordingly, our research profile encompasses recent perspectives on contemporary film and the contemporary media landscape. In this context, research is conducted within the frame of an overarching, cross-institutional approach: moving audio-visual culture in transition with a special focus on globalization and transnational concerns. This research extends from production, distribution, and exhibition contexts, and includes contemporary commercial production practices including advertising, international remakes of Swedish feature films, moving images in the context of art museums, and on YouTube and mobile phones.
Not only is the field of research in constant reformulation, but also the methods which are used for investigating research objectives. Research, therefore, promotes a broad, pluralist, perspective developing the individual researcher’s competence and interests. Concurrent with these concerns, research is conducted within a theoretical, historiographical, and aesthetic framework, as well as cultural-historical approaches within the framework of the discipline’s interdisciplinary traditions.
In the Section for Cinema Studies, therefore, art will be found alongside business, philosophy alongside fashion, and canonized auteurs alongside the deconstruction of gender and queer criticism. The study of national film culture is pursued from transnational perspectives, the local being joined with the global, and the study of celebrity culture with post-colonial analyses. In a similar fashion, affect studies are found alongside studies of media convergence and fan culture, aesthetics and technology, medium-specific with intermedial investigations, digital data with traditional celluloid film. Cinema Studies thus comprises a multitude of approaches, the thematic, theoretical, geographic, and historical breadth of which forms the foundation for the Section’s status as a leading and prominent area of research activity.
The Section for Cinema Studies is located in Filmhuset (Film House), which includes two professional cinemas offering unique opportunities for students and researchers to view films in an exciting environment.