• E-mailoyvind.vagnes@uib.no
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    Fosswinckels gate 6
    Lauritz Meltzers hus
    5007 Bergen
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    Postboks 7802
    5020 Bergen

Øyvind Vågnes is professor of Media Studies and head of the media aesthetics research group. In the years to follow the award-winning monograph Zaprudered: The Kennedy Assination Film in Visual Culture (Texas University Press), a result of his doctoral research, he has published widely in the field of visual culture, including several articles on photography, comics, and in recent years, television series. In 2008-2013 he was a postdoctoral fellow with the research project Nomadikon: New Ecologies of the Image, led by Asbjørn Grønstad, and in 2010 he co-founded the peer-reviewed journal Ekfrase: Nordisk tidsskrift for visuell kultur with Grønstad. In 2015-2019 he was affiliated with the ViSmedia project led by Astrid Gynnild. Vågnes is also a writer of fiction, and has published five novels in Norwegian (Tiden Norsk Forlag). He is one of the editors of Journal of Visual Culture (Sage).

Recent publications include:


Invisibility in Visual and Material Culture

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2023). Sex-dependent effects of mechanical delousing on the skin microbiome of broodstock Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.). Scientific Reports.
  • Show author(s) (2018). An Anatomy of Facelessness: On Halfdan Pisket’s Dansker Trilogy. European Journal of Scandinavian Studies. 288-302.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Drone vision: Towards a critique of the rhetoric of precision. Krisis: Tijdschrift voor actuele filosofie. 8-17.
  • Show author(s) (2017). A Day in History: Andrea Gjestvang's 22 July Photographs. Journal of European Studies. 359-371.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Gestures of Seeing. Objektiv. Tidskrift for kamerabasert kunst. 8-11.
  • Show author(s) (2015). "Rudy Kelly's Eyes: Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco's Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.". European Journal of American Studies.
  • Show author(s) (2011). The Unmaking of the World: Trauma and Testimony in Two Stories by Joe Sacco. Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. 60-62.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Showing silence : on David Small's stitches. Studies in Comics. 301-314.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Inside the Story: A Conversation with Joe Sacco. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. 193-216.
  • Show author(s) (2007). "Inside the Zapruder Museum". Working Papers on Design.
  • Show author(s) (2003). "Working through contradiction interminably": Towards a Mathesis singularis? Nordic Journal of English Studies (NJES). 325-344.
  • Show author(s) (2002). "Remembering Civic Trauma: Narratives of Cultural Authority". Journal of American and Comparative Cultures. 347-356.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Black Mirror and the Ethics of Speculative Fiction.
  • Show author(s) (2016). White Shadows: On Tomas van Houtryve's Packing Heat.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Drone vision.
Popular scientific lecture
  • Show author(s) (2018). Dommedag - den dystopiske tendensen i moderne teveserier.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Debatt i P2: Dommedag – den dystopiske tendensen i moderne TV-serier.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Amerikabilder.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Bilder av nød og lidelse. Debatt på Nasjonalbiblioteket.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Om Michael Moore.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2020). Face and Mask: Preliminary Reflections on Damon Lindelof's Watchmen.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Black Mirror and the Culture of Surveillance.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Drone Visions: Towards a Critique of the Rhetoric of Precision.
  • Show author(s) (2011). The Visual Culture in Europe Questionnaire.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Amerikabilder.
  • Show author(s) (2009). "The Unmaking of the World: On Joe Sacco.".
  • Show author(s) (2009). "Picturing Poses: The Films of Errol Morris".
  • Show author(s) (2009). "Becoming an Image of Pain: On Self-Immolations".
  • Show author(s) (2006). Zaprudered: The Journey of Zapruder's Images.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Variations on a Theme Park: George Saunders's "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline" and "Pastoralia".
  • Show author(s) (2004). Here is New York Again: Looking at Amateur Photographs of September 11.
  • Show author(s) (2003). "Working Through Contradictions Interminably": Towards a Mathesis Singularis?".
  • Show author(s) (2003). "The Imagery of National Trauma: The Zapruder and Naudet Films".
  • Show author(s) (2003). "Quoting the Zapruder".
  • Show author(s) (2013). Leder. Ekfrase: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Visuell Kultur.
  • Show author(s) (2011). INTERVIEW WITH GREIL MARCUS AND WERNER SOLLORS. Journal of American Studies. 25 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Leder. Ekfrase: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Visuell Kultur. 1-2.
  • Show author(s) (2010). "Leder". Ekfrase: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Visuell Kultur. 81-82.
Reader opinion piece
  • Show author(s) (2009). Litt om med(ie)vitskap. Norsk Medietidsskrift. 390-392.
  • Show author(s) (2009). "Litt om med(ie)vitskap.". Norsk Medietidsskrift. 390-392.
Book review
  • Show author(s) (2010). The 2010 Visual Culture Studies Conference. Ekfrase: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Visuell Kultur. 165-166.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Med medieestetikkens briller: Liv Hauskens Medieestetikk. Norsk Medietidsskrift.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Jakta på det ekte: David Shields' Reality Hunger. Morgenbladet.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Festskrift for anonymiteteten: Don DeLillos Point Omega. Morgenbladet.
  • Show author(s) (2009). "Nærare bildet. Om Siri Meyers HVA ER VISUELL KULTUR.". Morgenbladet.
  • Show author(s) (2009). "Nerdane tek hevn! Om Jonathan Lethems CHRONIC CITY.". Morgenbladet.
  • Show author(s) (2009). "Før og etter smellet. Rutu Modans JAMILTI AND OTHER STORIES.". Morgenbladet.
  • Show author(s) (2009). "Eit monumentalt dokument: Om Joe Saccos FOOTNOTES IN GAZA.". Morgenbladet.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • Show author(s) (2019). Invisibility in Visual and Material Culture. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Invisibility in Visual and Material Culture. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Gestures of Seeing in Film, Video and Drawing. Routledge.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Coverscaping : discovering album aesthetics. Museum Tusculanums Forlag.
Academic monograph
  • Show author(s) (2014). Den dokumentariske teikneserien.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Zaprudered : the Kennedy assassination film in visual culture.
Popular scientific article
  • Show author(s) (2022). Vår tids sixtinske kapell. Vinduets nettsider.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Mangetydig maskespel. Damon Lindelofs Watchmen. Klassekampen.
  • Show author(s) (2010). The President Dying on the Big Screen: A Brief Cultural History of Abraham Zapruder's Film of the Kennedy Assassination. Paperweight.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Søppelkunst. Om Vik Muniz. Bergens Tidende.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Bortanfor fotografiet. Morgenbladet.
  • Show author(s) (2006). "Ikke lenger og ennå ikke: Om DeLillos Kjærlighet-ligger-blødende". Vagant. 5-8.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Å lese med augene: Om Jonathan Safran Foer. Vagant. 14-19.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Fordi du ikkje skal skrive om det: Intervju med Rick Moody. Vagant. 50-60.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Ingen typer, berre individ. Intervju med George Saunders. Vagant. 34-39.
  • Show author(s) (2002). "Ut av isstormen. Rick Moody". Vagant. 73-77.
  • Show author(s) (2002). "Shedding off one more layer of skin: Elleve skriftstykke om masker". Prosopopeia. 14-16.
  • Show author(s) (2002). "Don't Kid Yourself. Cover Your Face. Om Rick Moodys The Black Veil". Vagant. 129-132.
Feature article
  • Show author(s) (2005). Bilder fra Slagmarken. Bergens Tidende.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) (2007). "Zaprudered: The Journey of Zapruder's Images".
  • Show author(s) (2006). Nynorsk pris for transatlantisk bok.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Scener fra en uendelig film.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Intervju med Anne Bøler.
  • Show author(s) (2002). På jakt etter skurken. Intervju med Kristin Aalen Hunsager.
Programme participation
  • Show author(s) (2018). Dystopiske tendenser i TV-serier.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2022). The Electronic Superhighway Collapses: The Silences of Don DeLillo's The Silence.
  • Show author(s) (2022). The Electronic Superhighway Collapses: The Silences of Don DeLillo's The Silence.
  • Show author(s) (2021). ‘Everything Was Stories’: The Aesthetic Imaginaries of Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus. 13 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Images and Invisibility. 13 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2020). What Does It Mean to Be Human? Speculative Ekphrasis and Anthropocene Trauma in Don DeLillo's Zero K. 18 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Teikneserieåret 2019. 24 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2020). For at det ikkje skal skje igjen: TV-dramaet 22. juli. 18 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Tomas van Houtryve's Packing Heat and the Culture of Surveillance. 16 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Invisibility Matters. 15 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Dronekunst som politisk kommentar. 13 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Vision de drone: Vers une critique de la rhétorique de la précision. 14 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Gestures of Seeing. 12 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2015). "Lessons from the Life of an Image: Malcolm Browne's Photograph of Thich Quang Duc's Self-Immolation.". 14 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2015). "John's Story: Joe Sacco's Depiction of 'Bare Life'.". 10 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2015). "Comics Reenactment: Joe Sacco's Footnotes in Gaza.". 19 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Writing Seeing: The Ekphrastic Impulse. 12 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2012). The Unsettling Moment: On Mathilde terHeijne's Suicide Trilogy. 15 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Making Humanity Strange to Itself: On Errol Morris and Werner Herzog. 12 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Introduction. 11 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Quoting Zapruder. 12 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Performing Without an Audience.
  • Show author(s) (2005). "Chosen to be Witness": The Exceptionalism of "9/11". 21 pages.
Academic literature review
  • Show author(s) (2009). Bildets makt og avmakt: Ein kort introduksjon til W.J.T. Mitchell. [tilt]. 19-18.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Mot ein ny biletvitskap: Intervju med W.J.T. Mitchell. Norsk Medietidsskrift. 71-81.
Interview Journal
  • Show author(s) (2019). Televisual epistemologies and beyond - an interview with Lisa Parks. Journal of Visual Culture. 234-249.
  • Show author(s) (2010). "Visuell Kultur, og Hvorfor vi skal være skeptiske: Et Intervju med James Elkins.". Ekfrase: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Visuell Kultur. 55-63.
  • Show author(s) (2010). "Vi må gi fortiden lov til å eldes:" Intervju med Michael Ann Holly". Ekfrase: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Visuell Kultur. 144-151.
  • Show author(s) (2010). "Ut av seg sjølv". Morgenbladet. 40-41.
  • Show author(s) (2010). "Questionnaire: Hva er Visuell Kultur?". Ekfrase: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Visuell Kultur. 30-43.
  • Show author(s) (2010). "Migrasjonstenkeren: Et intervju med Mieke Bal". Ekfrase: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Visuell Kultur. 46-54.
  • Show author(s) (2009). "Vi retta vår avsky mot bilda frå Abu Ghraib." Intervju med Philip Gourevitch. Morgenbladet.
  • Show author(s) (2007). "Kjoleselgeren som kuppet historien" Intervju med Øyvind Vågnes. Bergens Tidende. 1-3.
  • Show author(s) (2007). "Intervju med Martin Jay". Agora. 181-197.

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