Executive Board

In spring 2018, the national constituencies elected the following representatives to form the NNCORE board:

David


David Gedin
<David.Gedin@littvet.uu.se>

I am a docent in comparative literature (litteraturvetenskap) at Uppsala University. My interest in comics dates back to the 1980s and I also wrote some reviews of and articles about comics in Expressen and Svenska Dagbladet in the nineties.
I have during the last years tried to contribute to establish comics studies as an academic field by arranging a couple of conferences. The first at Kungl. Vitterhetsakademien in Stockholm 2015, and the second at the University Library Carolina in Uppsala 2016. The later was arranged in combination with an exhibition at the library during autumn and winter 2016 of which I was one of the curators. The former conference resulted in a book, Tecknade serier. Uttryck & form, published in December 2017. I have also created, what probably is the first course about comics at Uppsala University, in the autumn 2015.

Jag är docent i litteraturvetenskap vid Uppsala universitet. Mitt främsta forskningsområde är det litterära fältet under framför allt det sena 1800-talet, med utgångspunkt i den franska sociologen Pierre Bourdieus teorier. Jag är också ordförande för Strindbergssällskapet. Mitt intresse för tecknade serier härstammar från 1980-talet, och jag skrev också artiklar om serier i Expressen och Svenska Dagbladet under 90-talet. Jag har under de senare åren arbetat på att etablera forskningen om tecknade serier inom den akademiska världen bl. a. genom att arrangera ett par konferenser. Den första skedde på Kungl. Vitterhetsakademien i Stockholm, i maj 2015, och ytterligare en på Uppsala universitetsbibliotek Carolina. Den senare ordnandes under det andra halvåret 2016 i anslutning till en utställning på Carolina som jag var med och kurerade. Den förra konferensen resulterade i en antologi, Tecknade serier. Uttryck & form, som kom i december 2017. (Den innehåller texter av Thierry Groensteen, Hans-Christian Christiansen, Nina Ernst, Kristina Mejhammar, Anna Nordenstam & Margareta Wallin Wictorin, Boel Westin, Camilla Storskog, Aude Pasquier, Per Israelson, liksom diskussioner om marknadsvillkoren för tecknade serier med Fabian Göranson, Ola Hellsten, Fredrik Strömberg, Josefin Svenske och Rolf Classon). Förhoppningen är att den ska fungera både som en introduktion till ämnet och visa på en vägar till fördjupade studier.
Jag har också skapat vad som bör vara den första kursen om tecknade serier på Uppsala universitet, hösten 2015. Mitt främsta fokus hitintills har varit den teoretiska debatten om seriernas egenskaper som ett (multimodalt) medium, och jag har i anslutning till det försökt formulera nya begrepp som ska kunna användas för analysera mediet.

Ylva
Ylva.Lindberg
Ylva.Lindberg@ju.se

Dr. Ylva Lindberg is an Associate Professor in Comparative Literature at the School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University, Sweden. Currently, she holds the position of Dean of Researchat the School of Education and Communication. Her research covers a range of topics: gender and fin-de-siècle literature in Scandinavia, literature and virtual worlds, comic art, modern poetry, Sub-Saharan Francophone Literature, as well as literature in global circulation. She authored De la Belle époque à Second Life (2013), where she explored creative practices, literacy, and learning connected to multimodal technology. Her comics research focusses mainly on Swedish female writer-artists, but right now, she is studying the global manga trend from a sociological perspective, and she is well connected to the French comic art field. She is the head of the research group CCD – Communication, Culture and Diversity, www.ju.se/ccd, which holds possibilities to make space for comics studies and organize cross-disciplinary seminars on specific topics.

Katja Kontturi
Katja Kontturi 
katja.j.kontturi@jyu.fi

Katja Kontturi has a PhD in Contemporary Culture studies and works as a teacher of written communication at her home university, the University of Jyväskylä, Central Finland. She is the “Ducktor”, a comics scholar whose doctoral dissertation (2014) dealt with Don Rosa’s Disney comics as postmodern fantasy. Kontturi’s research interests include speculative fiction, Disney comics, postmodernism, cultural identity and geek culture. Currently, she is applying for postdoctoral funding for further Disney comics research. She is a member of PCA Finland and Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (Finfar). In addition, she is one of the editors of peer reviewed Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art. Twitter: @KatjaKontturi
Blog (in Finnish): http://kontturi.blogspot.fi

essi


Essi Varis  essi.e.varis@student.jyu.fi

Lic.Phil. Essi Varis is expecting to defend her doctoral compilation dissertation, which explores various theoretical and transtextual dimensions of comic book characters, in the fall of 2018. Her PhD work draws especially from different models of literary characters, theoretical frameworks of cognitive literary studies, and Vertigo imprint’s intertextual fantasy comics (The SandmanThe Unwritten), whereas her secondary research interests range from transmedial storytelling and geek culture to posthumanist cultural studies and Frankenstein. She has been a literature major at the University of Jyväskylä in Central Finland for the entire duration of her doctoral studies, but has mostly worked in English and is currently looking for postdoctoral opportunities outside of Finland. She is also a long-time board member of the Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (Finfar).
Twitter: @EssiVaris
Open access publications: jyu.academia.edu/EssiVaris

Aura
Aura Nikkilä  amnikk@utu.fi

Aura Nikkilä is a PhD student in the department of Art History at the University of Turku, Finland, and currently one of the members of Comics and Migration, a three-year project combining comics artists and scholars. Her dissertation deals with representations of migration in contemporary European and North American comics, main focus being on the role of photography in these narratives.

 

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Steen Christiansen (
steen@cgs.aau.dk)

I’m Associate Professor of American Culture and Media at Aalborg University, Denmark. My research focuses on popular visual culture, particularly in the 21st century. I’m interested on how images think through their affects and atmospheres. I’ve recently worked on action movies and post-cinema. In terms of comics studies, I’m especially interested in the sensory and material dimensions of comics, although admittedly it has been a while since I’ve truly focused on comics. Hopefully a revival of NNCORE will remedy that.

 

Felix


Felix Paulsen
 (felixkpaulsen@cc.au.dk)

I am a PhD fellow at the Department of Scandinavian Language and Literature, Aarhus University, Denmark. My project is about the mediality and materiality of comics – with a focus on contemporary Danish comics. In 2018, I will have published on seriality in Nikoline Werdelin’s Homo Metropolis, climate change debate in American editorial cartoons and a book chapter on Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan: the smartest kid on earth. My focus may be Danish comics culture, but I spend as much time possible reading comics from the rest of the world – and recently I curated a collection of modern Scandinavian comics at the local university library. I write for the Danish comics site Nummer9.dk, and have recently helped kick-start the association for comics lovers in Aarhus – Kontur. When the kids allow it, I read comics all the time.

Mit navn er Felix Paulsen (felixkpaulsen@cc.au.dk), og jeg sidder pt på Aarhus Universitet – på Nordisk Sprog og Litteratur – og arbejder på en phd-afhandling om nyere danske tegneseries arbejde med materialitet og medialitet. Lige nu arbejder jeg altså aktivt med nye danske tegneserier, men jeg udnytter enhver given lejlighed til at bruge tid på tegneserier i både et nordisk og et internationalt perspektiv – blandt andet er jeg med-ansøger i en stor fællesnordisk ansøgning som forhåbentlig munder ud i nordiske tegneserie-symposier over de næste 3 år. Jeg skriver, og har i mange år skrevet, for det danske tidsskrift Nummer9.dk, og så er vi nogle stykker i Aarhus der har opstartet tegneserieforeningen Kontur i et forsøg på at samle interesserede i byen til arrangementer og læsekredse. Når familielivet tillader det læser jeg så mange tegneserier som muligt.

Rebecca
Rebecca Scherr  rebecca.scherr@ilos.uio.no

Rebecca is Associate Professor in the English department at the University of Oslo. She has written several articles on the comics of Joe Sacco, as well as other essays on human rights and comics, on Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, on Pheobe Glockner’s La Tristezza, and on Jewish women and comics. She has also edited, along with Mihaela Precup, special issues of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics on the themes of the ethics of war and conflict in comics, and sexual violence in comics.

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Michael J. Prince
michael.j.prince@uia.no

Michael J. Prince is professor of American literature and culture at the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway. His recent scholarship includes works on the Beat poets, comics and graphic novels, science fiction, and film adaptations. Together with his colleague, Frida Forsgren, he has contributed to and edited, Out of the Shadows: Beat Women Are Not Beaten Women (Portal Press 2015). He is author of Adapting the Beat Poets: Burroughs, Ginsberg, and Kerouac on Screen (Rowman and Littlefield 2016).

 


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Professor in Japanese Language and Culture, Stockholm University
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