Lübeck Film Studies Colloquium

The Lübeck Film Studies Colloquium is a collaboration between Journal of Scandinavian Cinema and the Nordic Film Days. Over two days, there will be short lectures, discussions, and conversations with guests of the Nordic Film Days. The Colloquium welcomes students and researchers as well as everyone else with an interest in the study of film, in particular, of course, the cinemas of the Nordic countries.

This year the Colloquium will place particular focus on presentations that relate to the festival’s Retrospective film series on youth films and youth culture (“Schon immer jung“ – Jugendkulturen im nordischen und baltischen Kino von den 20ern bis zur Jahrtausendwende”), and an In Focus section of Journal of Scandinavian Cinema on the same topic. Apart from this the Colloquium will discuss connections and collaborations between Scandinavian and German film cultures, as well as the topic of quality and value in relation to film. As usual there will also be a filmmaker conversation – this year we are happy to welcome Margreth Olin, whose film Fedrelandet/Songs of Earth will be screened during the festival (on 3 and 4 November). All presentations, discussions and conversations are mentioned in the detailed colloquium programme.

The programme is curated by Anders Marklund, senior lecturer in film studies at Lund University, head of studies of Creative Writing, Film Studies and Theatre Studies at the same university, as well as primary editor of the Journal of Scandinavian Cinema (Intellect).

Lübeck Film Studies Colloquium

Friday 3 November & Saturday 4 November, starting at 9 a.m. at the Willy Brandt Haus, Königstraße 21.

Admission is free of charge. Please register in advance by sending an informal e-mail to Anders Marklund: anders.marklund@litt.lu.se.

Friday 3 November (9-13.30)


9.00 Welcome and Introduction

Anders Marklund (Lund University), with Thomas Hailer (Nordic Film Days: Artistic Director) and Jörg Schöning (Nordic Film Days: Retrospective Curator)


9.15 Entangled Nordic and German Film Histories

Chair: Maria Fosheim Lund (University of Oslo)


Casper Tybjerg (University of Copenhagen)

Entangled Film History and the Director's Role


Tobias Hochscherf (Kiel University of Applied Sciences and University of Flensburg) and Rolf Werenskjold (Volda University College)

Nordic Encounters: Leni Riefenstahl’s Promotional Tour to Norway in 1938


10.15 Break


10.45 Youth film and culture I

Chair: Kimmo Laine (Turku University)


Alice A. Salamena & Stephan Michael Schröder (Universität zu Köln)
Manners make a ‚Backfisch‘. Performing female adolescence in silent cinema


Eva Näripea (Film Archive of the National Archives of Estonia)

Leida Laius and Games for Teenagers (1985)


11.45-12.15 Break


Per Vesterlund (University of Gävle and Uppsala University)

Rebels and Criminals on the Small Screen: How Swedish Youth Delinquency Films Turned Televisual in the 1960s and 1970s


Malena Janson (Stockholm University)

A competent, yet vulnerable audience: Notions of childhood and youth in Swedish cinema culture


Anders Åberg (Linnaeus University)

“D’ya know where they’re from?”: Migrants in Swedish Children’s Film

Saturday 4 November (9-12.30)


9.00 Welcome and Introduction

Anders Marklund (Lund University)



9.15 Youth and film culture II

Chair: Anders Marklund


Dagmar Brunow (Linnaeus University) & Anna Sofia Rossholm (Stockholm University)

Writing for Different Media: Transmedial Perspectives on Astrid Lindgren’s Screenwriting


10.00 Break


10.15 Filmmaker conversation: Margreth Olin

Chair and conversation: Anders Marklund


11.00 Break


11.15 Quality film

Chair: Anders Marklund (Lund University)


Max Richter (LMU Munich)

Mediating Value: Nobel Prize Cinema around 1920

Joel Frykholm (Stockholm University)

Waste, Taste, Failure, Film: Swedish Cinema and the Prospects of “Failure Studies”


12.15 Concluding discussion