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  • E-mailleif.larsen@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 41 16+47 411 06 538
  • Visitor Address
    Fosswinckels gate 6
    Lauritz Meltzers hus
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5020 Bergen

Media history; popular comedy and humor; journalism / cultural journalism; media industry and innovation; media and cultural policy; public sphere theory and history.

A major topic of my research is the history of popular culture. I have published several articles in academic journals and anthologies on Norwegian comedy and comedians in film and television, but have also published on Hollywood cinema, genre analyses and theory, and reception history. My most recent project in this area is the history of the major Norwegian film studio of the 20th century, Norsk Film A/S, published in the book Norsk Film A/S. En kulturhistorie (Norwegian Film Studios Ltd. A Cultural History) (2020), in which I contributed with two chapters on the company in the 1950s.

A second topic is cultural journalism and criticism. In 2008 I co-edited (with Karl Knapskog) the book Cultural Journalism. The Press and the Cultural Public Sphere (in Norwegian only). I was co-leader of the NFR-funded research project Journalistic Reorientations: The Online Challenge to Journalistic Ontology (2010-2014), and more recently I participated in a comparative project on Nordic cultural journalism. The result of the project is published in the anthology Cultural Journalism in the Nordic Countries (2017), in which I co-published two articles on cultural journalism in the Norwegian press and on public service broadcasting in the Nordics.

A third area of research interest is the history and functions of the public sphere. This includes study of copyright in the field of documentary production, and an ambitious study of the history of the Norwegian public sphere. Together with colleagues from my Department in Bergen, the comprehensive study was published in Allmennningen. Historien om norsk offentlighet (The Public Space. The history of the public sphere in Norway) (Jostein Gripsrud, ed. 2017). I am the sole author of a chapter on the public spehere during the second world war, but also contributing to several other chapters.

While serving as head of department for ten years (2012-2021) and being a partner in the Bergen Media Cluster, the field of innovation and the recent changes of the media industry has sparked my interest. Currently (2022) I am undertaking a comparative study of European media clusters, with particular regard to the role of the universities / academic partners.






  • Show author(s) (2007). Metodebok for mediefag. 3. utgave. Fagbokforlaget.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Metodbok för medievetenskap. Liber.
  • Show author(s) (2002). Metodebok for mediefag. Fagbokforlaget.
Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2010). Documentary in a culture of clearance : a study of knowledge of and attitudes toward copyright and fair use among Norwegian documentary makers. Popular Communication - The International Journal of Media and Culture. 46-60.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Underholdningens gunst: Leif Juster og filmkomedien. Arr - Idéhistorisk tidsskrift. 33-41.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Metodebok for mediefag. Nordicom Information. 8-9.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Du store alpakka! Komiske lærere i norsk film. Historie. 62-73.
  • Show author(s) (2003). Kunnskapens gjerder. Intellektuell eiendom og akademia. Norsk Medietidsskrift. 105-120.
  • Show author(s) (2002). Filmmoro på norsk: Historien om et smertensbarn? Z filmtidsskrift. 5-15.
  • Show author(s) (2001). Respektløs moro? Satire og parodi i 1960-årenes tv-komedie. Norsk Medietidsskrift. 5-24.
  • Show author(s) (1996). Situasjonskomedien : humor på samlebånd. Norsk Medietidsskrift. 62-70.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2015). Mediating the welfare state: journalistic representations of institutional dysfunction.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Migrant Cinema and Cultural Identity - A Public Sphere Perspective.
  • Show author(s) (2012). A National Laughter: The Popular Film Comedy.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Fotografiet og Justers stjernebilde.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Comic Encounters: Cultural Identity in Popular Film and Television Comedy.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Is Copyright a problem for Norwegian Filmmakers?
  • Show author(s) (2009). Fair Use in a Culture of Clearance: A Study of Knowledge of and Attitudes Towards Copyright and Fair Use among Norwegian Documentary Makers.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Copyright and Fair Use in a Culture of Clearance.
  • Show author(s) (2008). The Unruly Body: Leif Juster and Popular Norwegian Film Comedy.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Fair Use in a Culture of Clearance: A Study of Knowledge and Attitudes towards Copyright and Fair Use among Norwegian Documentary Makers.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Entertaining the Nation: Leif Juster and a Century of popular Comedy.
  • Show author(s) (2008). A Funny Icon: Leif Juster as Star/Comedian.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Ikkje med mine skattepengar! Om kulturpolitikkens normative grunngjeving.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Film in Norwegian History Writing.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Kulturjournalistikk.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Film in National History Writing.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Leif Juster og filmen.
  • Show author(s) (2005). Filmkomedien og den norske filmkanon.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Kjønnsløse bokormer: Komiske lærere i norsk film.
  • Show author(s) (2003). The Comedien as Star: Cultural Populism and the Changing Image of a Clown.
  • Show author(s) (2003). Terningens ubehag.
  • Show author(s) (2003). En tvilsom coctail: Filmkomedien, revyscenen og moderne moro omkring 1930.
  • Show author(s) (2002). The Archive and the Researcher.
  • Show author(s) (2002). Respektløs moro? Satire og parodi i 1960-årenes tv-komedie.
  • Show author(s) (2002). Norsk filmhistorie: Status og utfordringer.
  • Show author(s) (2002). Moro i husmorparadiset: Norske filmkomedier og husmorsamfunnets modernisering.
  • Show author(s) (2001). I den gode saks tjeneste. Kultur i Dagbladet i 1960 og 2001.
  • Show author(s) (1992). Lessons in the art of marriage: remarks on the most popular Norwegian film comedies of the 1950s.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • Show author(s) (2016). The Journalistic Institution Re-examined. Digital Challenges and Professional Reorientations. University of Chicago Press.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Journalism Re-examined. Digital Challenges and Professional Reorientations. Lessons from Northern Europe. Intellect Ltd..
  • Show author(s) (2012). Nytt på nett og brett. Journalistikk i forandring. Universitetsforlaget.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Kulturjournalistikk. Pressen og den kulturelle offentligheten. Spartacus.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Kulturjournalistikk. Pressen og den kulturelle offentligheten. Scandinavian Academic Press.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Søkelys på kulturjournalistikk. Institutt for informasjons- og medievitenskap.
Popular scientific article
  • Show author(s) (2012). Kampf um Norwegen: Filmatiske virkemidler og propagandahistorisk kontekst. Nordiki.no. 16 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Kampf um Norwegen. Cinemateket USF program. 10-11.
  • Show author(s) (2003). Bygdetullinger, underbukser og annen billig moro - Norke folkekomedier under lupen. Cinemateket - Bergen Filmklubb. 76-79.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) (2014). Delineating boundaries between 'us' and 'them'.
  • Show author(s) (1999). Moderniseringsmoro : romantiske komedier i norsk film 1950-1965 : sjangeren, publikum, sosialhistorien. 42.
Programme participation
  • Show author(s) (2009). Samtale om kulturjournalistikk i norsk presse.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Og nå: Reklame! (om mat).
  • Show author(s) (2007). Og nå: Reklame! (om hygiene).
  • Show author(s) (2007). Og nå: Reklame! (om husmoren i reklamefilm).
  • Show author(s) (2006). Filmfront om den romantisk komedien.
  • Show author(s) (2002). Om den amerikanske situasjonskomedien Cosby-show spesielt og svarte komikere i USA generelt.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2020). Prestisjeprosjektet som nesten veltet Norsk Fim A/S. En produksjonsstudie av "Hans Nielsen Hauge". 10 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Et vaklende kulturpolitisk instrument . 36 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). What Is Cultural News Good For? Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish cultural journalism in public service organisations. 23 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Liberalisering og differensiering. 66 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Journalistiske virkelighetsbilder av velferdsstaten: fremstillingen av det offentlige omsorgsapparatet i «Jannes historie». 21 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Cultural rebels, popular journalism and niche journalism in Norway.
  • Show author(s) (2017). 1940-1945: Erfaringer med det totalitære. 32 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2016). The Future of Interpretative Journalism. 18 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2015). New Voices, New Stories: Migrant Cinema and Television in Norway. 23 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Nytt, brett, nett. Journalsitikk i forandring. 11 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Kunnskapens apostler: Bilder av læreren i norsk film. 19 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Kultur på nett og brett. 9 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Lystige spor: Leif Juster som biografisk utfordring. 17 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2009). En kulturjournalistikkens renessanse? Om kulturdekning i papir- og nettaviser. 18 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Avant-garde Comedy and Populism: The Star Image of Comedian Rolv Wesenlund. 10 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Jentemoro fra Hollywood: 'The Sweetest Thing' og den romantiske komediens konvensjoner. 15 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Hva er sjangeranalyse? 7 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Forskyvninger: Kulturdekningen i norske dagsaviser 1964-2005. 55 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Film og kino - institusjoner og historie. 24 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Tekstanalyse. 39 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Medieforskning, forskningskvalitet og forskningsetikk. 26 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Generalisering. 28 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Forskningsdesign og forskningsrapportering. 19 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Pinlig moro. Kjønn, kjærlighet og humor i romantisk komedie. 18 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Textanalys. 37 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Generalisering. 26 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Forskningsdesign. 12 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2003). Muntre perspektiv: Fjernsynskomediens estetikk. 22 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2002). Tekstanalyse. 37 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2002). Generalisering. 26 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2002). Forskningsdesign. 12 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2001). Kulturjournalistikk og offentlighet. 40 pages.
  • Show author(s) (1999). Film og kino : institusjoner og historie. 20 pages.
  • Show author(s) (1997). Kompaniskap og kjønnskamp. Ekteskapskomedier i norsk film 1951-1964. 26 pages.
  • Show author(s) (1994). Let's Stay Married: Notes on Norwegian Romantic Comedies of the 1950's.
  • Show author(s) (1993). Let's stay Married : Notes on Norwegian Romantic Comedies of the 1950' s.
  • Show author(s) (1993). Husmoren vaskes ut : støv på hjernen og 50-tallets familieideal. 16 pages.
  • Show author(s) (1993). Egons planer og Olsenbanden som komedie : et notat om planens bidrag til Olsenbandens narrative struktur. 13 pages.

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