Mariah Larsson

Mariah Larsson

Department of Film and Literature Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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I received my Ph D in 2006 from Lund University, with a dissertation on the film director Mai Zetterling and the reception of her films in 1960s Sweden. Since then, my main research area has been film and sexuality. For several years, I taught at the Masters Program in Sexology at Malmö University where I also had a post-doctoral research project, financed by the Swedish Research Council, on the exhibition of pornographic films in Malmö. Between 2012 and 2015, I worked at the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University.

Since 2016, I have worked at Linnaeus University, where I teach film studies at all levels. Together with my colleagues, I am working with the Face of AIDS film archive at Karolinska Institutet, a collection of more than 700 hours of documentation of the HIV/AIDS pandemic made by Swedish journalist and filmmaker Staffan Hildebrand. This work has resulted in an edited collection, A Visual History of HIV/AIDS: Exploring the Face of AIDS Film Archive, edited by myself and Elisabet Björklund and published by Routledge Advances in the Medical Humanities in 2019. I am also involved in the group Health, the Humanities, and Medicine, an interdisciplinary collaborative group of representatives from Linnaeus University and the regional health care services, Region Kronoberg.

My publications include The Swedish Porn Scene: Exhibition Contexts, 8mm Pornography and the Sex Film (Intellect, 2017); Swedish Cinema and the Sexual Revolution (co-edited with Elisabet Björklund, McFarland, 2016); Sexual Fantasies: At the Convergence of the Cultural and the Individual (co-edited with Sara Johnsdotter, Peter Lang, 2015); Interdisciplinary Approaches to Twilight (co-edited with Ann Steiner, Nordic Academic Press, 2011) and Swedish Film: An Introduction and Reader (co-edited with Anders Marklund, Nordic Academic Press, 2010). A book manuscript in English on Mai Zetterling is under publication at University of Wisconsin Press.



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