Steen Ledet Christiansen


Tranumparken 3

9220 Aalborg, Denmark

(+45) 9940 9177


2006 PhD English, Aalborg University

2001 MA English, Aalborg University

1998 BA English, Aalborg University


2023- Professor of Culture, Media, and Aesthetics

2019-2023 Professor with specific responsibilities of Visual Popular Culture, AAU

2011-2019 Associate professor, Aalborg University

2008-2011 Assistant professor, Aalborg University

2001 Teaching assistant, University of Southern Denmark



Kropsfilm (Spring, in production)

2024 The Morph-Image: The Subjunctive Synthesis of Time (Lexington Books, forthcoming)

Storytelling in Kabuki: An Exploration of Spatial Poetics of Comics (Nebraska University Press)

2021 The New Cinematic Weird: Atmospheres and Worldings. Lexington Books.

2019 Postbiological Science Fiction. Edwin Mellen Press.

2016 Drone Age Cinema: Action Films and Sensory Assault. I.B.Tauris.

Edited Volumes

2019 Rhythms. With Mirjam Gebauer & Rasmus Dahl Vest. Aalborg: Aalborg University Press.

2017 Special issue Art’s Agency.” With Frederik Tygstrup & Jens Lohfert Jørgensen. Akademisk kvarter 16.

Skriverier i luften: Festskrift til Jørgen Riber Christensen, edited by Steen Christiansen, Ole Ertløv Hansen, Kim Toft Hansen, and Thomas Mosebo Simonsen. Aalborg: Aalborg University Press.

2016 Filmanalyser. With Jørgen Riber Christensen. Aarhus: Systime Academic.

2012 Monstrologi. With Jørgen Riber Christensen, Aalborg: Aalborg University Press, 2012.

Spøgelser. Aalborg: Aalborg University Press, 2012.

2011 Kulturtrafik. Aalborg: Aalborg University Press, 2011.

Special issue Transgression.” With Charlie Blake. Akademisk Kvarter, 2011.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

2023 Temporal Looping and Pleating in Spring Breakers. Interfaces — Image — Texte — Language 48.

Unworlding in Nameless: The Negation of Worldbuilding.” Imagining the Impossible. International Journal for the Fantastic in Contemporary Media 2, 1.

2021 A MASSIVE Swirl of Pixels: Radiohead’s Go to Sleep”. Cybermedia: Explorations in Science, Sound, and Vision. Bloomsbury Academic.

2020 Unruly Vision, Synesthetic Space: Drone Music Videos,” The Senses and Society 15, no. 3.

Wide Open Lines.” Life After Lines. Aalborg: Aalborg University Press.

The Future of Extinction: William S. Burroughs’ The Western Lands.” Humanities 9(4): 1-16.

2019 The Morph-Image: Four Forms of Post-Cinema.” Philosophy and Film: Bridging Divides. Edited by Christina RawlsDiana NeivaSteven S. Gouveia.


Creepy Atmospheres and Weird Narration in The OA.” Studies in the Fantastic 6, 95-115.

iPhone Cinema and Tangerine: Imagology, actor-network theory, and the idea of trans-,”Renaissance Man: Studies in Literature and Culture in Honour of Anthony W. Johnson. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Pleated Time and Posthuman Temporalities in OtherLife,” Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture. 4, 1, p. 59-77.

Drone Rhythms: Edge of Tomorrow,” Rhythms Now: Henri Lefebvre’s Rhythmanalysis Revisited. Christiansen, S. L. & Gebauer, M. (eds.). Aalborg Universitetsforlag, p. 95-110.

Atmospheres and science fiction.” Cogent Arts & Humanities. 6, 1, p. 1-12.

2018 Fringe: Tv-historie og science fiction”. Christensen, Jørgen Riber, Gunhild Agger & Louise Brix Jacobsen (eds.). Tv-analyser. Aarhus: Systime Academic.

Mediating Potency and Fear: Action Movies’ Affect.” Cultural Studies 32(1), 43-62.

2017 Sounds of Futures Past.” Akademisk kvarter 16.

Stranger Things og firsernostalgi.” Skriverier i luften: Festskrift til Jørgen Riber Christensen, edited by Steen Christiansen, Ole Ertløv Hansen, Kim Toft Hansen, and Thomas Mosebo Simonsen. Aalborg: Aalborg University Press.

Time Morphs.” Videographic Essay. In Media Res.

Pain and the Cinesthetic Subject in Black Swan.” Screen Bodies 1(2). 25-41.

2016 Post-film og Scott Pilgrim vs the World.” Christensen, Jørgen Riber and Steen Ledet

Christiansen (eds.). Filmanalyser. Aarhus: Systime Academic.

Filmanalysens metodologi — et historisk rids.” With Jørgen Riber Christensen. Filmanalyser. Aarhus: Systime Academic.

Metamorphosis and Modulation: Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.” Denson, Shane and Julia Leyda (eds), Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st-Century Film. Falmer: REFRAME Books.

2015 Déjà vu: Textures of Time”. Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism, 6, 19-26.

Posthumanous Subjects”. Hauskeller, Michael, Thomas D. Philbeck and Curtis D. Carbonell (eds). The Palgrave Handbook of Posthumanism in Film and Television. Palgrave Macmillan, 339-348.

Terminal Films”. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 25(2-3), 264-277.

Collision and Movement in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive in Non-Place: Representing Placelessness in Literature, Media and Culture. Mirjam Gebauer, Helle Thorsøe Nielsen, Bent Sørensen (eds). Aalborg University Press, pp. 129-144.

Bullet-Time: A Temporal Icon”. Akademisk kvarter 10, 107-117.

Between Media: David Mack’s Kabuki. Comics and Power: Representing and Questioning Culture, Subjects, and Communities. Rikke Platz Cortsen, Erin la Cour, Anne Magnussen (eds). Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 72-88.

Superheroes and Sensibilities: Trauma and Innervation in Iron Man 3.” Imaginaires, 19, 237-250.

’The Earth Died Screaming’: Tom Waits’ Bone Machine in Monstrous Media/Spectral Subjects: Imaging Gothic in the Nineteenth Century to the Present. Fred Botting, Catherine Spooner (eds). Manchester University Press, pp. 73-85.

Uncanny Cameras and Networked Subjects”. Blake, Linnie and Xavier Aldana Reyes (eds.). Digital Horror: Haunted Technologies, Network Panic and the Found Footage Phenomenon. I.B.Tauris, 42-53.

2014 Biopoetics of Control and Resistance in William Burroughs’ The Nova Trilogy” in Prospero XIX, pp. 165-184.

Of Male Bondage: Violence and Constraint in Only God Forgives” in Akademisk kvarter 8, pp. 27-36.

2013 Digital tid på Vimeo.” in Ole Ertløv Hansen; Lennard Højbjerg (eds). Online Videoer: På sociale medieplatforme. Aalborg Universitetsforlag, pp. 95-112.

Hyper Attention Blockbusters: Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy.” in Akademisk kvarter 7, pp. 143-157.

Suburban Apocalypse: The Haunted House of Capitalism.” in Brian Russell Graham; Robert W. Rix (eds). Terminus: The End in Literature, Media and Culture. Aalborg : Aalborg Universitetsforlag, pp. 185-201.

Requiem for a Dream som mindre film: Darren Aronofskys postfilmiska estetik.” in Daniel Brodén & Kristoffer Noheden (eds), I gränslandet: Nya perspektiv på film och modernism. Gidlunds Förlag pp. 180-198.

2012 Screen Spectrality: Gil Scott-Heron’s & Chris Cunningham’s New York Is Killing Me.” in Steen Christiansen, Brian R. Graham, Louise Mønster, Peder Kaj Pedersen, Jan T. Schlosser (eds). Spøgelser: Genfærdet som kulturel og æstetisk figur, Aalborg: Aalborg University Press.

Posthuman Rights.” Akademisk kvarter 4, 101-112.

Things Come Alive: Rise of the Zombies.” in Jørgen Riber Christensen & Steen Christiansen. Monstrologi: Frygtens manifestationer. Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2012.

2011 Body Refractions: Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.” Akademisk kvarter 3.

The Bridges of Americana Country: Three Images of Clint Eastwood.” Peter Stein Larsen, et al. (eds). Kulturtrafik. Aalborg: Aalborg University Press.

2010 Cloverfield’s Monstrosity: Ideology and Terror.” Ní Fhlainn, Sorcha (ed). Our Monstrous (S)kin: Blurring the Boundaries Between Monsters and Humanity. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, pp. 195-204.

The Shadow of Grey: Lars von Trier’s Element of Crime.” Hansen, Kim Toft & Christensen, Jørgen Riber (eds). Fingeraftryk: Studier i krimi og det kriminelle. Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag. 95-106.

Airport Heterotopia: Le Guin’s Subversive Places.” Language and the Scientific Imagination : Proceedings of the 11th Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), Helsinki: Helsinki University Press.

Speaking the Undead: Uncanny Aurality in Pontypool.” Cinephile 6:2.

Kødets fristelser.” Akademisk kvarter 1. 32-38.

2009 Intermedial Escape: Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.” Larsen, Peter Stein, Pedersen, Peder Kaj, Pinkert, Ernst-Ullrich & Sørensen, Bent (eds). Interaktioner: Om kunstarternes produktive mellemværender Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, pp. 37-58.

The Rat” in Fraternity: China Mieville’s King Rat.” Christensen, Jørgen Riber (ed). Marvellous Fantasy. Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, pp. 107-124.

Written in Skin: Suicidegirls.” Nordlit 24, pp. 45-52.

The Truth of the Word, the Falsity of the Image: Transmetropolitan’s Critique of the Society of the Spectacle.” MacLeod, Catriona, Plesch, Véronique & Schoell-Glass, Charlotte (eds). Elective Affinities: Testing Word and Image Relationships Word and Image Interactions. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, pp. 147-158.

2006 Amerikanske Utopier: utopiens brug i Hollywood og amerikanske independent film”. Boeygen 18(2), pp. 47-54.

Continuity Breach: The British Revision of the American Superhero”. Elias, Camelia & Birch, Andrea (eds). Cultural Text Studies 2: Transatlantic. Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, pp. 109-132.

Transtextuality, Paranoia, and Apophenia in Pattern Recognition”. Elias, Camelia & Sørensen, Bent (eds). Cultural Text Studies 1: An Introduction. Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, pp. 229-242.

Hollywood as Cultural Text”. Elias, Camelia & Sørensen, Bent (eds). Cultural Text Studies 1: An Introduction. Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, pp. 171-186.

2005 Adapting Emotions in the Hours”. Nicholas, Kyle & Christensen, Jørgen Riber (eds). Open Windows: Remediation Strategies in Global Film Adaptations. Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, pp. 79-95.

Why I Have Never Seen Derrida”. Sørensen, Bent (ed). 5 Faces of Derrida. Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, pp. 23-29.

The Postmodern Fantastic.” Anglo Files. Journal of English Teaching 135, pp. 62-67.

2004 Of Questions and Positions, or What Does it Mean to Theorize Media?”. Dorfman, Ben (ed). Culture, Media, Theory, Practice: Perspectives Media and Cultural Studies. Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, pp.225-233.


2015 Carlsberg Foundation for the conference How to Do Things with Art.”

2015 Danish Council for Independent Research Culture and Communication for the conference How to Do Things with Art.”

Invited Talks

The Posthuman and the Post-Biological”, Lecture at University of Washington-Bothell, Seattle, November 2012.

Cell Phones and the Global Techno-Social Revolution: Refuse/Resist/Retweet” Lecture at Global Learning Community, University of Illinois, November 2012.

Post-Cinematic Embodied Affect” Lecture at Moving Image Arts, University of Illinois, November 2012.

Biopolitics, Biomedia, and Monsters” Guest lecture at Århus University, October 2012.

Sound of the Apocalypse.” Invited talk at the Musicology Colloqium, Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. December 2010.

The Needle Tears a Hole.” Invited talk at Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. November 2010.

Mellem drøm og medie.” Invited talk at Tegneseriesymposium, Copenhagen, 2009.

Today Repeats the Future”. At Science and Technology Studies, Oslo University, 2007.

Conference Activity

Conferences organized

Weird Cinema” panel at SCMS 2017, co-organized with Selmin Kara.

How to Do Things with Art”. Aalborg 2015. Keynotes Erin Manning, Brian Massumi, Fredrik Thystrup. Co-organized with Jens Lohfert Jørgensen.

Papers Presented

2019 Unsettling Temporalities in Dark.” ICFA 40. Orlando

2018 Shock, Wonder, and Estrangement: Genre and Atmosphere.” The Place of the Cognitive in Literary Studies network, Oslo.

2018 Post-Cinema’s Modes of Thought.” Ends of Cinema, Center for 21st Century Studies, Milwaukee.

2018 Weirding the Outside: The OA and the New Weird.” ICFA 39. Orlando.

2017 Popular Speeds: Spring Breakers, Acceleration, and Exuberance.” The Popular seminar, Aalborg.

2017 Speeds of the Popular.” The Popular seminar, Aalborg.

2017 Dancing like a Robot: Expanding the Sensorium in Viral Music Videos.” NECS conference, Paris.

2017 The Morph-Image.” Moving Image and Philosophy, Porto.

2017 Digital Skin: Black Colors in American Cinema.” Nordic Association for American Studies, Odense.

2017 Hardcore Henry and the Post-Cinematic Camera Eye.” Alphaville Conference, Cork.

2017 Weird Media Ecologies.” SCMS, Chicago.

2016 Image Matters: Imagology, ANT, and the Idea of Trans-“ Antoniana, University of Turku.

2016 Wide Open Lines” Lines seminar, IRGIC, Aalborg.

2+15 Sounds of Futures Past: Materiality, Hauntology, Affect” for How to Do Things with Art. Aalborg.

2015 Action Movies’ Worlding” for Affect Theory WTF. Lancaster, PA.

2015 Lines of Force, Lines of Flight: Action Movies in the 21st Century for the Danish Association for English Studies. Sandbjerg.

2015 The Drone Rhythms of Edge of Tomorrow“ for Rhythm Seminar. IRGIC. Aalborg.

2015 The Suffering Body: Lars von Trier’s Antichrist. Lars von Trier workshop, Aalborg.

2015 Drone Bodies”. International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts. Orlando.

2014 Things Gone Wild: The Movie Camera in the Drone Age”. SCMS conference. Seattle.

2013 Aesthetic Contagion and Antiviral paper at Nordic Summer University, winter session, Åbo Akademi, Turku.

2013 Texture and Time in Tony Scott’s Déjà Vu paper at Texture in Film symposium, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, St. Andrews.

2013 Embodied Abjection,” paper at Corpus//Bodies conference, University of Florida, Gainesville.

2012 Affect, Mediality, Volatility: Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.” Nordic Summer University, Copenhagen.

2011 Screen Spectrality.” Paper presented at Ghosts and the Spectral research seminar, Aalborg.

2010 Clint Eastwood.” Paper presented at Cultural Traffic research seminar, Aalborg.

2009 Earth Died Screaming.” Paper presented at International Gothic Conference, Lancaster.

2009 The Specter of Falling.” Paper presented at College English Association, Pittsburgh.

2009 Traumatic Time Travel.” Paper presented at International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando.

2008 Written on the Body” Borders, Kirkenes.

2008 Ideological Fission.” Monsters and the Monstrous, Oxford 2008.

2008 Fragments of Time.” ESSE, Aarhus.

2008 David Bowie’s Hauntology.” Uncanny Media, Utrecht.

2008 Airport Heterotopia.” Paper presented at Language and the Scientific Imagination, Helsinki.

2005 The Truth of the Word, the Falsity of the Image.” Word & Image, Philadelphia.

2005 Slipstream Theory”, International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Fort Lauderdale.

Teaching AAU

English program

Dystopias, Spring 2017

American Culture, Society, and History, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017

Post-Network TV, Spring 2016

Action Cinema, Spring 2014

Contemporary American Film, Fall 2011, Spring 2012

Media History, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012

Media Analysis, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2015

Project Topic Course, Fall 2010

Cultural Text Studies, Fall 2010

Literature and Text Theory seminars (co-taught with Robert Rix), Fall 2010

The Merchant of Venice, Spring 2010

American War Fictions, Fall 2008

Cult Films

The Body in Film

American Postmodernism

Science Fiction, Fall 2001

Science Fiction, Spring 2001. Taught at University of Southern Denmark.

Media studies program

Film- og medieanalyse, Spring 2018

Science Fiction in Film, Fall 2017

Fantasy in Film, Fall 2016

Media Theories, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017

Film History, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017

Mediesociologi (Media sociology), Fall 2008, Fall 2010, Fall 2011

Lectures on media theory and media history

Cultural studies program

Medier i kulturhistorien (Cultural history of media), Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2016, Spring 2017

Kulturelle udtryksformer (Cultural modes of expression), spring 2011 (with Ben Dorfman), spring 2016.

Aktuelle kulturbegreber (Contemporary cultural theory), Fall 2010

The West and the Rest (co-taught with Torben Ditlevsen, based on work by Pablo Cristoffanini), Fall 2010.

Kulturelle blandingsformer (Cultural hybridity), Spring 2010.

Service to Profession

Member of review board

Screen Bodies

Member of the editorial board

Akademisk Kvarter

The Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art

2012-2016 Board Member DAES (Danish Association of English Studies)

Departmental and University Service

AAU representative in the Ministerial Committee for English, Germanic, and Roman Langauges 2013-

Coordinator for English (Fagkoordinator Engelsk) 2018-

Assistant professor of American Linguistics, interview committee 2017

Head of Studies (Studienævnsformand) English, German, and Culture Studies 2012-2016

Associate professor of British Literature, Media, and Culture, interview committee 2016

Assistant professor of American Lingustics, interview committee 2015

Assistant professor of British Lingustics, interview committee 2014

Associate professor of American Literature, Media, and Culture, interview committee 2013

Community Involvement

Zombies and Monsters HTX Frederikshavn 2018

Monsters HTX Aalborg 2018

Seriality and Transmedia VUC Aalborg 2018

Guns and American Identity lecture at Vesthimmerlands gymnasium, 2016

Monsters: Uncanny and the Dread of Difference lecture at HTX Aalborg, 2016.

Zombiens kulturhistorie (Cultural History of the Zombie), Bolsjefabrikken, 2012.

Media Coverage

Game of Thrones og Hunger Games giver vores apokalyptiske frygt afløb.” July 28, 2016.

Hvorfor vil vi have drager og antihelte?

Sandheden om zombier: Her er stofferne, der forvandler dig til en levende død

Udklædningsfester giver os et tiltrængt frirum

Når filmen er hvid, er alting godt

Zombierne kommer til København

Fans spejler sig i ungdomsbøger - derfor er casting følsomt

Filmatiseringer af ungdomsbøger fremkalder stærke reaktioner

Anderledes zombieaction med moralske spørgsmål

Zombier på pubcrawl i København

Løb! Zombierne kommer!

Zombieterror, Hjernekassen, 21 April 2012.

RomerRiget, Radio27Syv, 17 April 2012. Stream here (in Danish) <>

Apokalypse igen og igen - Zombiens historie” Danskernes Akademi, DR2.

Mindernes bog”” Danskernes Akademi, DR2, aired January 21st, 2011.

Interview for Zombiefilm handler om terrorfrygt og overforbrug,”.

Litteraturens fald.” Danskernes Akademi, DR2, aired September 9th, 2010.


Danish: native.

English: fluent.

German: with dictionary.

Professional Memberships

Society for Media and Cinema Studies

International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts

European Society for English Studies

Danish Association of English Studies

Nordic Network of Comic Book Research