Dagmar Brunow

Dagmar Brunow

Department of Film and Literature Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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I am professor of film studies at Linnaeus University, Sweden, where I am also part of the Linnaeus University Center for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies (IMS).

My research centres on archives and audiovisual heritage, cultural memory, documentary filmmaking as well as feminist and queer experimental filmmaking and video practice.

My book Remediating Transcultural Memory: Documentary Filmmaking as Archival Intervention (de Gruyter, 2015) is a contribution to the emerging field of media memory studies, offering new takes on concepts such as transculturality, remediation and the archive. I am the editor of Stuart Hall. Aktivismus, Pop & Politik (Ventil Verlag, 2015), and co-editor of Queer Cinema, the first German-language volume on queer cinema studies (Ventil Verlag, 2018, with Simon Dickel). Together with Ingrid Stigsdotter I edited the special issue "Scandinavian cinema culture and archival practices: Collecting, curating and accessing moving image histories" of the Journal of Scandinavian Cinema (2017).

My research projects “The Lost Heritage: Improving Collaborations between Digital Film Archives (2021-2024) and “The Cultural Heritage of Moving Images” (2016-2018) have been financed by the Swedish Research Council.

I am the leader of the workgroup “Cultural Memory and Media” at NECS – Network of European Cinema Studies, and the initiator and co-chair of the regional workgroup MSA Nordic in the Memory Studies Association.


Member of

EFA (European Film Academy)

NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies)

GfM (Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft)

Kinemathek Hamburg e.V.




I have been teaching film studies at Swedish universities (Växjö, Lund, Halmstad) since 1999. I have also regularly been teaching within the dept of gender studies at Södertörn University College.

At LNU I have been teaching the following courses: Samtida filmproduktion och –distribution, Filmens historia, World Cinema, Europeisk film, Dokumentärfilm, Film, arkiv och digital kultur, Representations of HIV/AIDS in Moving Images.

Within the Digital Humanities, Master Programme I am currently teaching two courses: Film, archive and digital culture and Film as a Research Tool.


All of my current research projects are conducted within the research cluster for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies (IMS) at Linnaeus University.


The Lost Heritage: Improving Collaborations between Digital Film Archives (Swedish Research Council – Vetenskapsrådet 2021-2024)

Despite the ongoing digitisation of cultural heritage sector major parts of the Sweden’s audiovisual heritage is at risk of being forgotten. What do we miss if scholars and policy makers mainly focus on national film archival collections, both in terms of collection policies, preservation, and the curation of access? This project explores possible collaborations between the National Film Archives and minor Swedish film archives.  

In collaboration with the Swedish Film Institute, filmform: The Art Film and Video Archive, Kulturparken Småland, SAQMI - The Swedish Archive for Queer Moving Images and The Face of Aids Film Archive.

The screenplay development of Astrid Lindgren's storyworlds (2023-)

This archival side-project looks at the development of Astrid Lindgren's screenplays for the Pippi Longstocking films.

In collaboration with Nordic Women in Film. Financed by IMS, Linnaeus University Centre (Lnuc) for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies.

Barbro Alving (Bang) in the Swedish film industry (2022-)

This archival side-project on female screenwriters in Sweden explores the role of prolific Swedish journalist Barbro Alving / Bang (1909-1987) in the Swedish film industry where she worked as a film critic and screenwriter, both authoring her own screenplays and improving others'.

In collaboration with Nordic Women in Film. Financed by IMS, Linnaeus University Centre (Lnuc) for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies.

Elin Wägner on the Screen (2018-)

Elin Wägner (1882-1949) was a Swedish writer, journalist, suffragette, peace activist and eco-critic. Less examined is her relationship with cinema. As a screenwriter Wägner was a filmmaking pioneer. Also some of her novels became film adaptations. In this project I study screenplay versions, drafts and letters to foreground the often overlooked artistic process involved in developing film adaptations. The project has two aims: first, to highlight Elin Wägner’s role for Swedish film history and 2) foreground the role of the screenplay in the process of transmediation.

In collaboration with the Elin Wägner Literary Society and Nordic Women in Film. Financed by IMS, Linnaeus University Centre (Lnuc) for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies; supported by Holger och Thyra Lauritzens stiftelse för främjande av filmhistorisk verksamhet.



Completed research projects


The Cultural Memory about HIV/AIDS (2018- )

I was also part of a research network around the Face of Aids Film Archive.



Main publications:

Brunow, D. (2018): “Archiving AIDS activist video. A conversation with Jim Hubbard.” In: A Visual History of HIV/AIDS: Exploring the Face of AIDS Film Archive. Eds. Mariah Larsson und Elisabeth Björklund. New York: Routledge, s. 183-190.

Brunow, D. (2019): “The Face of AIDS Film Archive and cultural memories of the future: An interview with Staffan Hildbebrand” (with Tommy Gustafsson). Journal of Scandinavian Cinema (9) 1, 2019, s. 131-135.


Curating access to audiovisual heritage: creating and reworking memory in times of digitization (2019-2020)

Financed by Linnaeus University Centre for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies (IMS), this project has been conducted in collaboration with bildwechsel (Hamburg), Filmarkivet.se (Svenska Filminstitutet, Stockholm), SAQMI - The Swedish Archive for Queer Moving Images (Gothenburg) and The Lesbian Home Movie Project (Maine).

Main publications:

Brunow, D. (2020): “Curating (Queer) Film Archives and Creating Online Communities in Times of the Pandemic: The Swedish Archive for Queer Moving Images (SAQMI)." MAI Feminism and Visual Culture Issue 6: COVID-19 Crisis-Connection-Culture, October 2020. Open Access

Brunow, D. (2020): “Come together? Curating communal viewing experiences for hybrid and online film festivals.” Necsus. European Journal of Media Studies, autumn  2020. Open Access.

Brunow, D. (2020): “Att curatera ett queert levande arkiv: The Swedish Archive for Queer Moving Images”. Paletten. Tidskrift för konst 321-322, hösten 2020,  s. 12-15.

Brunow, D. (2020): ”Arkivering som konstnärlig handling: videogruppen bildwechsel i Hamburg.” Walden. Tidskrift för filmkritik 19/20 2020, 91-96.



The Cultural Heritage of Moving Images (Swedish Research Council / Vetenskapsrådet 2016-2018)

Main publications:

Brunow, D. (2017): “Curating Access to Audiovisual Heritage: Cultural Memory and Diversity in European Film Archives.” Image and Narrative (18) 1, 2017, s. 97-110. Open Access.

Brunow, D. (2018): “Naming, shaming, framing? Ambivalence of queer visibility in audiovisual archives.” In: The Power of Vulnerability: Mobilizing Affect in Feminist, Queer and Anti-racist Media Cultures. eds. Anu Koivunen, Katariina Kyrölä & Ingrid Ryberg. Manchester University Press, s. 174-195. Open Access.

Brunow, D. (2019):Queering the archive: amateur films and LGBT-memory.” In: Making the Invisible Visible. Reclaiming Women’s Agency in Swedish Film History and Beyond, ed. Ingrid Stigsdotter. Lund: Nordic Academic Press, s. 97-117. Open Access.


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Chapter in book (Refereed)

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Article, book review (Refereed)

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Conference paper (Refereed)

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