Astrid Söderbergh Widding. Photo: Eva Dalin
Astrid Söderbergh Widding. Photo: Eva Dalin

Personal

Born 27 May 1963. Lives in Stockholm.
Married, three children.

Present position

Vice-Chancellor/President of Stockholm University from 1 February 2013.

Selected Honours

Knight of the Legion of Honor, 2015

Fellow of the Royal Academy of Sciences, 2014

Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, 2008

Commissions

Chair of the Principals Council of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, 2017-

Member of the evaluation panel for competitive funding to strengthen universities' research profiles, Academy of Finland, 2017-

Member of the evaluation panel for Aarhus University, The Danish Accreditation Institution, 2016-2017

Chair of the Bibsam Consortium, 2016-

Member of the Board of the Association for Swedish Higher Education, 2015-

Member of the Board of the Stockholm Environment Institute, 2013-

Member of the Supervisory Committee of the National Library of Sweden, 2013-

Member of the Board of the Henrik Granholm Foundation, 2013-

Member of the Board of Letterstedtska Föreningen, 2013-

Member of The King Gustaf VI Adolf’s fund for Swedish Culture, 2012-

Degree

Ph D in Cinema Studies, Stockholm University, 1992

Academic Positions

Professor of Cinema Studies at Stockholm University since 1 May 2000

Docent (Reader) in Cinema and TV Studies, Turku University 1998

Docent (Reader) in Cinema Studies, Stockholm University 1998

Associate Professor, Stockholm University, 1992-2000 (leave of absence 1996-2000)

Research Fellow, Stockholm University, 1996-2000

Previous Commissions

Supervised 17 Ph.D. theses 2001-2015, by Annika Wik, Marina Dahlquist, Jon Dunås, Susanna Paasonen, Anu Koivunen, Malin Wahlberg, Seppo Luoma-Keturi, Karl Hansson, Eirik Frisvold Hanssen, Therése Andersson, Henrik Gustafsson, Vreni Hockenjos, Malena Janson, Jan Christer Bengtsson, Hynek Pallas, Jakob Nilsson and Kristoffer Noheden.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Humanities and Social Sciences, Stockholm University, 1 January 2012 - 31 January 2013

Chair of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation 2006-2011, Board Member representing Stockholm University 2012-2013

Member of the SHP evaluation committees, Norwegian Research Council, 2010-2012

Member of various committees, Swedish Research Council, 2002-2005, 2009-2010, 2011-2012

Member of the Board of Vetenskap och Allmänhet (Public and Science) 2014-2016

Member of the Board of the Swedish Fulbright Commission, 2008-2012

Member of the Board of the Swedish Film Institute 2005-2010

Founding Member of NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies) 2006, Co-chair of the Steering Committee 2011-2013

Member of the Steering Committee for the research network WFHI (Women and Film History International), 2008-2013

Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Stockholm University 2006-2011

Head of the Department of Cinema Studies at Stockholm University 2001-2005

Member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2000-

Member of 30 dissertation committees at universities in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Stockholm, Turku and Uppsala, 1998-2012

Expert evaluator for 20 professorships and 16 positions as associate professor/senior lecturer in the Nordic countries and in the UK, 1998-2012

Visiting Scholar at Turku University 1995, 1996, 2000; at Université de Paris VII-VIII and III, 1989-90, 2001

Cultural critic of cinema and media in Svenska Dagbladet, 1996-2012

Member of the Editorial Board of Signum, 1992-2012

About 250 public lectures 1992-2012

Research: selected external funding

Focusing Kopparmärra: A Study of Practical Terms in Filmmaking, with Göran du Rées and Kalle Boman, Gothenburg University 2010-2012 (Swedish Research Council).

Centre for Fashion Studies, Responsible for the establishment in 2006 and for the application for new funding in 2010 (The Erling-Persson Family Foundation).

The Ingmar Bergman Digital Archives, Initiated the project, led with National Librarian Gunnar Sahlin (Government funding).

Journal of Aesthetics and Culture (Open Access Humanities Journal), Initiator and Editor in Chief 2009-2012 (Swedish Research Council).

Publications 2006-2016

Books:

A History of Swedish Experimental Film Culture – From Early Animation to Video Art, with Lars Gustaf Andersson and John Sundholm, Stockholm: KB / London: John Libbey, 2010 (248 p)

Konst som rörlig bild – från Diagonalsymfonin till Whiteout (ed.), Stockholm: Langenskiöld förlag 2006 (224 p)

Anthologies:

Not So Silent: Women in Cinema Before Sound, ed with Sofia Bull, Stockholm Studies in Film History 1, Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis 2010

Peer reviewed articles:

"How to Train a Director - Film Schools in the Nordic Countries", A Companion to Nordic Cinema, Mette Hjort and Ursula Lindqvist eds, Wiley Blackwell, 2016, 105-124

”Same Old Pictures”, Making a Difference, Rethinking Humanism and the Humanities, Niklas Forsberg and Susanne Jansson eds, Stockholm: Thales 2011, 279–292

”Repetition, Recollection, Recreation”, Codex and Code, Aesthetics, Language and Politics in an Age of Digital Media, Stockholm: Nordic Association for Comparative Literature (Norlit), 2009

”Livsåskådning”, Film och andra rörliga bilder – en introduktion, Anu Koivunen ed., Stockholm: Raster 2008, 175-186

”A Full Integration With Film History: A Tribute to Ingmar Bergman”, Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media, vol 29:1, 2008, 36-40

”A Display Case for Everyday Wonders”, Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media, vol 28:2, 2007, 149-153

”Deus Absconditus. Between visible and invisible in the films of Tarkovsky”, Through The Mirror: Reflections on the Films of Andrei Tarkovsky, Gunnlaugur A Jónsson and Thorkell Á Óttarsson eds, Cambridge: CSP 2006, 152-167

”Ambiguous Modernities. Images of Women in Hasselblad Films”, North-West Passage, Carocci editore/Universita degli Studi di Torino, 3:2006, 59-65

Other scholarly articles:

"Om filmen", Kungl Vitterhets- historie- och antikvitetsakademien, Årsbok 2016, 177-185

”Magos modernism: Modet och det moderna från leende sommarnatt till vargtimme”, Modernism och mode, Kollnitz & Wallenberg eds, Stockholm 2014

”Stockholm som biografstad”, 100 år i Stockholms-Staden och Stockholms-Gillet 1914-2014, Bratt ed, Stockholms-Gillet 2014, 63-70

”Modernitet och minne: Jan Håfström och den rörliga bilden”, I gränslandet, Nya perspektiv på film och modernism, Brodén & Noheden eds, Gidlunds, 2013, 66-77

”Experimentfilmens behov och filmarkivets möjligheter”, with Lars Gustaf Andersson and John Sundholm, Skosmörja eller arkivdokument? Om Filmarkivet.se och den digitala filmhistorien, Jönsson och Snickars eds, Kungliga Biblioteket: Mediehistoriskt arkiv, 2012, 67-80

”Nyskapende om stillhet og lyd”, Norsk medietidsskrift 19:4, 2012, 359-361

”Döden i vitögat: kriget genom kameran”, Döden i medierna: Våld, tröst, fascination, A Hirdman ed, Stockholm: Carlsson 2012

”Film är inte att lita på – eller?”, Tvärsnitt, 31:4, 2010

”Sampling i rörlig bild – en mediatiseringsstudie”, Norsk medietidsskrift 17:1, 2010, 106-108

”Den mentala bilden. Reflektioner över filmupplevelsen”, Det åskådliga och det bottenlösa: Tankar kring konst och humaniora, P Gillgren ed, Stockholm: Eidos, 2010, 63-69

”Utan bild ingen verklighet: anteckningar om bilden hos Birgitta Trotzig”, Kritiker 93:17-18, 2010, 47-51

”Georg af Klercker, the Silent Era and Film Research”, Swedish Film: An Introduction and Reader, M Larsson & A Marklund eds, Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2010, 63-71

”Företagarnas förlovade land? Några nedslag i svensk filmhistoria”, Företagsminnen 31:5, 2010

”Between matter and concept: Film in Italy 1958-1968”, Time & Place: Milano-Torino 1958-1968, Widenheim ed., Göttingen: Steidl Verlag, 2008, 28-35

”Filmiska begrepp: Några kommentarer till Deleuze och filmteorin”, Deleuze och mångfaldens veck, Stockholm: Axl books, 2008, 157-172

”Filmen – det modernas konstform?”, Kungl. Vitterhets, historie och antikvitetsakademiens årsbok 2008, 133-146

”Visuell poesi: Rut Hillarp som filmare”, Lyrikvännen 4, 2008, 75-77

”What should we believe? Religious motifs in Ingmar Bergman’s films”, Ingmar Bergman Revisited: Performance, Cinema and the Arts, Maaret Koskinen ed., London & New York: Wallflower Press, 2008, 194-209

”Voices of the Night: Duras and film”, MD, Jewish Theatre, Stockholm, 2007, 202-05

”Rune Waldekranz: Swedish pioneering film historian”, Screen 47:1, Spring 2006, 113-117