Most of NNCORE’s members are scholars and students from the Nordic countries, but over time we have also developed close relationships to scholars from other Northern European countries. Any eqnuiries about specific members or the possibilities of membership, please contact one of the members of the Executive Board.

Maaheen Ahmed, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow (co-funded by the Belgian FSR and the Marie Curie Actions) University of Louvain, Belgium
ahmedmaaheen@gmail.comMy doctoral thesis analysed comics from several cultural spheres (Anglophone, Francophone, Germanic and Finnish) in order to deduce possible characteristics of the graphic novel on a transcultural level. My current project aims at highlighting the connections between monsters from Romanticism and monstrous heroes in comics.  Publications on comics include articles in the International Journal of Comic Art and chapters in edited volumes, with the latest being Graphic History: Essays on Graphic Novels and/ as History (edited by Richard Iadonisi). A full list is available at:

Jaqueline Berndt
, PhD, Professor in Japanese Language and Culture, Stockholm University, Sweden

Holding a first degree in Japanese Studies (1987) and a PhD in Aesthetics/Art Theory from Humboldt University Berlin (1991), Jaqueline’s teaching and research has been informed by media aesthetics and exhibition studies, and focused on graphic narratives (manga/comics), anime, and modern Japanese art. From 1991 to 2016 she worked at Japanese universities, teaching mainly visual culture and media studies in Japanese as well as English; eventually she served as Professor of Comics Theory at the Graduate School of Manga, Kyoto Seika University.For The Japan Foundation she directed the world-traveling exhibition Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics(2016-).


Anne Magnussen, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of History University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Anne Magnussen (PhD) is Associate Professor at the Institute of History and Civilization, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark. Comics is part of Anne Magnussen’s research, including studies about memory, power and identity in Spanish, Mexican and (some) US comics. Her theoretical focus is on semiotics, narratives, uses of history/memory and national/ethnic identities, with a specific focus on time and space. For more information, see



Kai Mikkonen, PhD, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies University of Helsinki, Finland

Kai Mikkonen is Senior Lecturer of Comparative Literature and Director of the Master’s programme in literary studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is also a life member of Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge, UK. His main research and teaching interests include 19th and early 20th century French and British literature, travel writing (in particular questions of interaction between fiction and nonfiction), comics and picture books, text and image studies, narrative theory and theories of fiction. He is the author of The Narratology of Comic Art (Routledge, 2017), Narrative Paths: African Travel in Modern Fiction and Nonfiction(The Ohio State UP, 2015), Kuva ja sana [Image and Word in Interaction] (Gaudeamus, 2005), and The Plot Machine: The French Novel and the Bachelor Machines in the Electric Years 1880-1914 (Rodopi, 2001), as well as various articles in periodicals such as StylePartial Answers, Narrative, Neohelicon, Word & Image, Image & Narrative, ImageText, Studies in Travel Writingand Journal of Literary Semantics.
See also Research profile at the University of Helsinki:

The Narratology of Comic Art (2017)


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Anna Nordenstamm, Associate Professor in Comparative Literature at the University of Gothenburg and Professor in Swedish and Education at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden.
Anna is has published articles and books on children’s and young adult literature, comics, feminist journals, literary historiography and education. Together with Margareta Wallin Wictorin, she works on Swedish feminist comics from 1968 until today. During 2019-2020 she is working in the research project “A multidisciplinary study of feminist comic art”, with Kristy Beers Fägersten as the project leader. Information on the project:



Kees Ribbens, Prof. Dr., NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Center for Historical Culture, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The NetherlandsKees Ribbens’ email:

Leena Romu, PhD Student, Finnish literature, School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies (LTL), University of Tampere, Finland


Leena Romu holds an MA in Finnish literature and is currently a PhD student at the University of Tampere. Her doctoral dissertation concentrates on Finnish comics made by women, and especially comics by Kati Kovács. In her research, she examines how (women’s) bodies and embodied experiences are and can be represented in the comics medium. As a part of her PhD studies, she has taught courses that focus on comics or deal with transmedial storytelling. She also organizes an annual seminar Tampere Kuplii Goes Academic that introduces the latest findings of comics scholarship to a wider audience.


Hege Emma Rimmereide is Associate Professor of English at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, where she teaches literature, culture studies and didactics. Her main research interests and publications are children’s literature and reading and writing development as well as the use of ICT in English as a foreign language (EFL) learning. She has published the book chapter “Graphic novels in EFL learning” in Literature for the English classroom: Theory into practice, Anna Birketveit and Gweno Williams (eds.), Bergen: Fagbokforlaget (2013). A research project using graphic novels in the classroom, lower secondary in Norway, is in the planning stages and will hopefully be implemented within the upcoming year.


photo_camillastorskogCamilla Storskog, PhD, is Assistant Professor in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Milan, where she has been teaching Scandinavian literature since 2003.Her main research interests include encounters between verbal and visual language (literary impressionism, illustrated books, graphic novels, comics), but she has also worked on subjects such as autobiography, travel writing, and the historical novel. Her current research project focusses on graphic novel adaptations of Scandinavian classics.

Recent publications include:Literary Impressionisms. Resonances of Impressionism in Swedish and Finland-Swedsih Prose 1880-1900, Milano: Ledizioni, 255 pages (2018), Stripping H.C. Andersen. Peter Madsen’s Historien om en mor (or, what a graphic novel adaptation can do that its literary source cannot). “European Journal of Scandinavian Studies”, 48: 2, pp. 303-318 (2018) , Topelius i serieformat. Interikonicitet som visuell berättarstrategi i Bovils Fältskärns berättelser, In: De tecknade seriernas språk. Uttryck och form, red. D. Gedin, Gedin & Balzamo Förlag, 140-164, (2017), Millennial Gothic. On Runberg, Homs, and Carot’s Graphic Novel Adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. “Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics”, 8: 6, 533-549, (2017), Historien som fick leva om sitt liv. Guido Crepax serieversion av Karen BlixensDen udødelige Historie. In: Litteratur inter artes. Nordisk litteratur i samspill med andre kunstarter, eds. U. Langås & K. Sanders, Portal forlag, Kristiansand, 321-344, (2016).
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Fredrik, Strömberg, PhD, Department of Media and Communication Studies Malmö University, Sweden

Fredrik Strömberg is a PhD student at Department of Media and Communication Studies, Malmö University, and the theme of his thesis is the graphic novel Persepolis by Iranian-French artist Marjane Satrapi. Strömberg has written several books on comics, e.g. Black Images in the Comics (2003), The Comics go to Hell (2005) and Comic Art Propaganda (2010). Among his academic work are the books Vad är tecknade serier? En begreppsanalys (2003) and Manga! Japanska serier och skaparglädje (2007). Strömberg is editor of Scandinavian Journal Comic Art, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access journal focusing on articles by Nordic academics and/or on Nordic themes.


Margareta Wallin Wictorinassociate professor in Art History and visual studies and senior lecturer in Culture studies at Karlstad University, Sweden.

In 2009 Margareta organized, together with Fredrik Strömberg, the first international conference about sequential art on an academic level in Sweden, “Academic Perspectives on Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels, as Intercultural and Intermedial Phenomena”. She has published on graphic art, popular prints and imagery, press images, book illustrations, and comics, the latter often with a postcolonial and/or feminist perspectiveTogether with Anna Nordenstam, she works on Swedish feminist comics from 1968 until today. During 2019-2020 she is working in the research project “A multidisciplinary study of feminist comic art”, with Kristy Beers Fägersten as the project leader. Information on the project: