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

Rector/President of Stockholm University from 1 February 2013

Selected Honours

Award from the King of Sweden for meritorious efforts for Swedish universities 2018

Commander of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon 2018

Knight of the French Legion of Honour 2015

Fellow of the Academia Europaea 2020

Fellow of the Royal Academy of Sciences 2014

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

Commissions

Chair of the board for the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions, 2019– (board member since 2015)

Chair of the Bibsam Consortium, 2016-

Member of the board of Aarhus University, 2018-

Member of the Board of Stockholm Environment Institute, 2013-

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

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.

Opponent for 10 doctoral disserations, at the universities in Copenhagen, Gothenburg Lund, Oslo, Stockholm and Trondheim, 1998-2019

Member of 30 evaluation committees at the universities of 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

Member of the Swedish Government’s Research Expert Group, 2015-16, 2019-20

Chair of the Principals Council of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, 2017-2019

Member of the evaluation panel for competitive funding to strengthen universities’ research profiles, Academy of Finland, 2017-2019

Member of the evaluation panel for Aarhus University, The Danish Accreditation Institution, 2016-2018

Member of the Supervisory Committee of the National Library of Sweden, 2013-2019

Member of the Board of Letterstedtska Föreningen, 2013-2019

Member of The King Gustaf VI Adolf’s fund for Swedish Culture, 2012-2019

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

Chair of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation 2006-2011, Board Member representing SU 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 since 2000

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 300 public lectures 1992-2018

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 2008-2010 (Government funding).

Writing the History of Swedish Experimental Film, with John Sundholm (Karlstad University) and Lars Gustaf Andersson (Lund University) 2008-2010 (Swedish Research Council)

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

Europe in Cinema, Cinema in Europe, ESF network led by Luisa Passerini, University of Turin, 2004-2006 (European Science Foundation)

Silent Cinema in Transition, 1994-1996 (Swedish Research Council)

List of publications 

Books:

Föreställningar om filmbilden, Umeå: Atrium förlag, 2017 (127 s)

A History of Swedish Experimental Film Culture – From Early Animation to Video Art, m Lars Gustaf Andersson och John Sundholm, Stockholm: KB, London: John Libbey, 2010 (250 s.)

Våldsamt populärt, 1990-talets mest sedda filmer och videogram, Våldsskildringsrådets skriftserie nr 25, 2000 (163 s)

Montage – om film, Stockholm: Bonnier Essä 2002 (m Carl Johan Malmberg och Anna Sofia Rossholm, 92 s)

Stumfilm i brytningstid. Stil och berättande i Georg af Klerckers filmer, Stockholm: Aura förlag, 1998 (268 s)

Nordic National Cinemas, m Tytti Soila och Gunnar Iversen, London & New York: Routledge, 1998 (262 s)

Blick och blindhet, Stockholm: Bonnier Alba, 1997 (106 s)

Gränsbilder. Det dolda rummet hos Tarkovskij, (akad. avh.) Stockholms Universitet 1992 (151 s)

Anthologies:

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

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

Moving Images: From Edison to the Webcam, m John Fullerton, London etc: John Libbey, 2000 (201 s)

Cinema Studies Into Visual Theory?, D-Vision Yearbook, vol 1, Turku:

School of Arts, Literature and Music, 1998 (m Anu Koivunen, 215 s)

Flyktigheten fångad. Att skriva filmens historia, Stockholm: Aura förlag, 1995 (200 s)

Sätt att se. Texter om estetik och film, Stockholm: Thomas Fischer & Co, 1994 (230 s)

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 och Susanne Jansson red, 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 red., 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 red, 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:

"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 och Susanne Jansson red, 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 red., 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 red, 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