Journal of Scandinavian Cinema (Journal)

ISSN 20427891 , ONLINE ISSN 20427905

Journal of Scandinavian Cinema is a double-blind peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted to excellent research and stimulating discussion focusing on the cinemas of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, both within their national and Nordic contexts, and as transnational cinemas in a globalized world.

Category: Film Studies


Editors

Anders Marklund
Lund University, Sweden

Mette Hjort
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
mette.annehjort@gmail.com

Pietari Kääpä
University of Warwick
pietari.kaapa@gmail.com

Gunnar Iversen
Carleton University, Canada

Managing Editor

Rochelle Wright
University of Illinois, USA
wrightr@illinois.edu

Journal of Scandinavian Cinema is a scholarly journal devoted to excellent research and stimulating discussion focusing on the cinemas of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, both within their national and Nordic contexts, and as transnational cinemas in a globalized world.

The Nordic countries have a rich history of fiction and non-fiction filmmaking as well as lively contemporary screen cultures. Journal of Scandinavian Cinema places no restrictions on time period or genre, but particularly encourages the examination of previously uncharted subject matter and the use of new approaches. In that regard, we anticipate that research on Scandinavian cinema will be broadened through the application of ideas, concepts and research traditions from related disciplines. The journal also seeks to highlight the relevance of other audio-visual media and screen cultures, both those that have coexisted with film for some time (such as television) and those that are still gaining importance (such as online video).

Scholars from film studies, Scandinavian studies and any related field are invited to explore Journal of Scandinavian Cinema and to contribute articles that inspire a deeper understanding and an ongoing exchange of ideas across national and disciplinary boundaries.


Editors

Anders Marklund
Lund University, Sweden

Mette Hjort
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
mette.annehjort@gmail.com

Pietari Kääpä
University of Warwick
pietari.kaapa@gmail.com

Gunnar Iversen
Carleton University, Canada

Managing Editor

Rochelle Wright
University of Illinois, USA
wrightr@illinois.edu

Editors

Anders Marklund
Lund University, Sweden

Mette Hjort
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
mette.annehjort@gmail.com

Pietari Kääpä
University of Warwick
pietari.kaapa@gmail.com

Gunnar Iversen
Carleton University, Canada

Managing Editor

Rochelle Wright
University of Illinois, USA
wrightr@illinois.edu

Editors

Anders Marklund
Lund University, Sweden

Mette Hjort
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
mette.annehjort@gmail.com

Pietari Kääpä
University of Warwick
pietari.kaapa@gmail.com

Gunnar Iversen
Carleton University, Canada

Managing Editor

Rochelle Wright
University of Illinois, USA
wrightr@illinois.edu

Notes for Contributors Download


Call for contributions to a Journal of Scandinavian Cinema In Focus section: ‘Intertwining Histories of Film and Television in the Nordic Countries’

This is a call for short subject contributions (2000–3000 words) focusing on how the histories of film and television have impacted upon each other from the early days of television to the present era of streaming platforms. Standard histories of film and television have been written separately, and when the two media are discussed together, this is typically in terms of succession and rivalry. Film and television, as many a publication has pointed out, were competing for resources and audiences. In this In Focus section, we seek to change the perspective to the various modes of interaction, cross-fertilization and coalescence of film and television. We know now that the two media have not merely coexisted for many decades, but also collaborated, intermingled and fed each other with ideas, genres, narrative patterns, practices and professional talent. We welcome submissions that – after a quick theoretical introduction and concise contextual background – offer discussions of topics such as:

  • contemporary discourses on the relations of film and television during the early television era – as well as how the discourse has evolved
  • various convergence and remediation processes through which both media have survived and flourished
  • production and distribution arrangements resulting in e.g. a feature-length cinema film and an extended television mini-series
  • relations between made-for-television films and made-for-cinema films
  • genres adopted by television from cinema, or vice versa
  • the impact of the public service broadcasting remit on film production through collaboration and television-sponsored funding opportunities
  • relations between cinematic and televisual narration
  • movement of knowledge and skills between film and television
  • transnational and entangled perspectives on film/television production or consumption
  • viewing habits and viewer experiences regarding film and television
  • personnel who repeatedly worked for both film and television.

Please send a brief abstract to Kimmo Laine  (kimmo.laine@utu.fi) and Tobias Hochscherf (tobias.hochscherf@fh-kiel.de) by 1 February 2022, and your finished short subject by 1 April 2022. Make sure that you follow the most recent Notes for Contributors, available at Intellect’s journal pages: https://www.intellectbooks.com/journal-of-scandinavian-cinema

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Special Issue of Journal of Scandinavian Cinema: 

‘Film Schools and Alternative Sites of Talent Development in the Nordic Region: Questions of Value’

Film schools in various forms have been important parts of the ecosystem of cinema since the silent film era. Recognition of the central role played by film schools has grown in recent times (see Mette Hjort’s edited volumes entitled The Education of the Filmmaker in Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas and The Education of the Filmmaker in Europe, Australia, and Asia [2013] and Duncan Petrie and Rod Stoneman’s Educating Film-makers: Past, Present, and Future [2014]). In the Nordic context, Heidi Philipsen’s Ph.D. thesis, ‘The new wave of Danish film: Influences and imprints from the National Film School of Denmark’ (2004), helped to draw attention to the impact of curricular frameworks, pedagogical outlooks and the ethos of an entire institutional environment. Film schools are not, however, the only sites where aspiring filmmakers become filmmakers with credentials, networks, distinctive values and preferred practices. In the Nordic context, the significance of alternative sites of talent development is generally acknowledged, including at the level of policy formation. Some examples in Denmark are the Film Workshop in Copenhagen and the alternative training initiative known as Super 16. In Sweden, venues like the now closed-down Stockholm Film Workshop and the very important network of folk high schools, as well as the regional media centres that were planned in the 1970s, are all relevant. Similar examples exist in Finland as well as in Norway, just as there are interesting collaborations taking place across other national borders.

What is lacking from the still emerging field of research focusing on film schools and the institutional bases of film talent development is a clear picture of the varied contributions of the Nordic region. The underlying premise of the current call for papers is that sites of film training, be they established conservatoire-style institutions such as the National Film School of Denmark, or alternative undertakings, such as the youth- and immigrant-focused Station Next, are not merely the purveyors of technical skillsets, but of worldviews and, most importantly, of core values. At a time when #MeToo has brought much-needed attention to gender-based abuse in the film industry and when research focusing on the anthropogenic causes of climate change is increasingly seen as convincing, it is highly relevant, indeed arguably urgent, to examine the axiological dimensions of film training and talent development in the Nordic region. Graduates of the institutions in question, after all, will have a major role to play in refashioning the practices of the seventh art in ways consistent with central features of the ethical futures that increasingly command support, not least from younger generations.

The aim with this Special Issue is to map the institutional landscape of Nordic talent development, so as to highlight the importance of film schools and film workshops, both in a historical perspective and with reference to the ongoing metamorphosis of cinema culture and changing visual technologies. We hope to produce a Special Issue that will identify models and best practices that are potentially portable within the Nordic region, but also across national boundaries. The central aim is to explore the extent to which particular ways of developing film talent have implications for much broader realities, for example for democracy, the evolution of welfare state ideals, diversity and inclusion, ethical filmmaking, and the challenges of climate change.

We are open to a wide range of approaches and foci and thus invite contributors to help define the details of the field that is evoked here in more general terms. Of particular interest, however, are the following topics and approaches (where FSSTD stands for film schools and sites of talent development):  

  • Nordic FSSTD as vehicles for the production and reproduction of ethical values, and for the emergence of new values
  • Possible contributions of Nordic FSSTD to a green transition of the film industry
  • Change at Nordic FSSTD in the wake of #MeToo and other social movements
  • Challenges facing Nordic FSSTD (e.g. government expectations regarding research and academic learning at the National Film School of Denmark)
  • Nordic FSSTD in the context of minor cinema practices
  • The afterlife of productions made with the support of Nordic FSSTD
  • The relationship between professional training and academic education in Nordic film culture
  • Nordic FSSTD as they relate to identity and nation
  • Nordic FSSTD as partners in transnational collaborations/networks encompassing the Global South
  • Recently established FSSTD in the Nordic region, with an emphasis on their aspirations and challenges
  • The impact of Nordic FSSTD on the dynamics of centre and periphery and on practices of regionality
  • Financial and organizational models.

Please submit an abstract of 250–300 words for short subjects (2000 words) or feature articles (6000 words) before 1 March 2022 to the Special Issue editors, Mette Hjort  (mettehjort@hkbu.edu.hk), Lars Gustaf Andersson (lars_gustaf.andersson@litt.lu.se) and John Sundholm (john.sundholm@ims.su.se), together with a brief bio and select references. Final submissions are due on 1 September 2022. Only submissions that follow Journal of Scandinavian Cinema’s Notes for Contributors will be accepted. 

For general information or questions regarding Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, please contact primary editor Anders Marklund (anders.marklund@litt.lu.se), editors Gunnar Iversen and Pietari Kääpä, or managing editor Rochelle Wright.

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General Call for Papers

All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

Download the Journal of Scandinavian Cinema (JSCA) Notes for Contributors.

JSCA is a peer-refereed scholarly journal devoted to all aspects of film culture in Scandinavia (including Finland and Iceland). The journal aims to be an indispensable contributor to the growth of knowledge about Scandinavian filmmaking and to provide a stimulating platform for discussions on Scandinavian cinema and its social and cultural background. The editors welcome full-length articles (4000-8000 words) as well as shorter items such as interviews, conference reports and commented archival documents. Scholars in film studies, Scandinavian studies and related areas are invited to contribute articles that reflect their research and teaching interests and will inspire the exchange of ideas and expertise across nations and disciplines.

Possible research topics include:

  • Under-researched historical periods and topics or new approaches to established research areas
  • Scandinavian cinema in a global context: the international distribution and reception of Scandinavian films, the work of Scandinavian directors and actors in other countries and representations of the region and its people in international films
  • Film industry developments: funding, censorship and technological developments as well as the significance of new, digital forms of distribution and exhibition
  • Studies on genre, representation, national cinema and other theoretical concepts
  • Scandinavian directors, writers, producers and actors working in film and television, both within the region and internationally
  • Inter-art and inter-media discussions - for example, adaptations of literary works and film-television co-productions
  • Cinema’s role in the teaching and understanding of Scandinavian culture
  • Reports on new research projects and festivals as well as interviews with filmmakers and key persons within Scandinavian film culture

Although JSCA covers all historical periods, a major goal is to keep readers informed about what is going on today. Articles on recent trends, major film releases, ongoing film debates and other aspects of contemporary cinematic culture are particularly welcome.

Journal contributors will receive a free PDF copy of their final work upon publication. Print copies of the journal may also be purchased by contributors at half price. 

Editors

Anders Marklund
Lund University, Sweden

Mette Hjort
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
mette.annehjort@gmail.com

Pietari Kääpä
University of Warwick
pietari.kaapa@gmail.com

Gunnar Iversen
Carleton University, Canada

Managing Editor

Rochelle Wright
University of Illinois, USA
wrightr@illinois.edu

Editorial Board

Tommy Gustafsson
Linnaeus University, Sweden

Anna Estera Mrozewicz
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

Anne Bachmann
Stockholm University, Sweden

Dagmar Brunow
Linnaeus University, Sweden

Eirik Frisvold Hanssen
National Library of Norway, Norway

Tobias Hochscherf
University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Ilona Hongisto
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Helle Kannik Haastrup
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Anu Koivunen
Stockholm University, Sweden

Kimmo Laine
University of Oulu, Finland

Tarja Laine
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Leif Ove Larsen
University of Bergen, Norway

Anne Marit Myrstad
NTNU Trondheim, Norway

Bjorn Nordfjord
St. Olaf College, USA

Mari Pajala
University of Turku, Finland

Lisbeth Richter Larsen
Danish Film Institute, Denmark

Johannes Riis
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Anna Stenport
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Lars-Martin Sørense

Bodil Marie Thomsen
Aarhus University, Denmark

Per Vesterlund
University of Gävle, Sweden

Advisory Board

Andrew Nestingen
University of Washington, USA

Gunhild Agger
Aalborg University, Denmark

Erik Hedling
Lund University, Sweden

Chris Holmlund
University of Tennessee, USA

Hiroshi Komatsu
Waseda University, Japan

Maaret Koskinen
Stockholm University, Sweden

Susanna Paasonen
University of Turku, Finland

Mark Sandberg
University of California, Berkeley, USA

Stephan Schröder
University of Cologne, Germany

Pelle Snickars
Umeå University, Sweden

Ove Solum

Claire Thomson
University College London, UK

Casper Tybjerg
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Editors

Anders Marklund
Lund University, Sweden

Mette Hjort
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
mette.annehjort@gmail.com

Pietari Kääpä
University of Warwick
pietari.kaapa@gmail.com

Gunnar Iversen
Carleton University, Canada

Managing Editor

Rochelle Wright
University of Illinois, USA
wrightr@illinois.edu

 
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Emerging Sources Citation Index
 
ERIH
 
Film and Television Literature Index
 
Film and Television Literature Index (with FT)
 
International Index to Film Periodicals
 
MLA
 
Scopus
 
UGC-CARE
 
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory

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  • Volume (11): Issue (1)
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Editors

Anders Marklund
Lund University, Sweden

Mette Hjort
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
mette.annehjort@gmail.com

Pietari Kääpä
University of Warwick
pietari.kaapa@gmail.com

Gunnar Iversen
Carleton University, Canada

Managing Editor

Rochelle Wright
University of Illinois, USA
wrightr@illinois.edu

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