Asbjørn Grønstad


Asbjørn Grønstad is involved in two research projects under the auspices of the Nomadikon project. Cinema and the Unwatchable: Film and the Negation of Pleasure is a study of controversial films by artists such as Michael Haneke, Catherine Breillat, Gaspar Noé, Lars von Trier and Bruno Dumont. Scopic Entelechy: The Ethical Life of Images explores the relation between ethics, aesthetics and visual media. His book Transfigurations, on violence as a cultural trope in American cinema, was published by Amsterdam University Press in the fall of 2008. He has authored numerous articles across different disciplines such as cinema studies, American Studies, visual culture and gender studies, and with Øyvind Vågnes is co-editor of Coverscaping: Discovering Album Aesthetics (forthcoming from Museum Tusculanum Press). His research interests range from visual studies, film theory, intermediality and ekphrasis to narrative theory, American literature, popular culture, and the history and theory of disciplinarity. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998-1999, where he returned as an honorary research fellow in 2000, 2001 and 2003. In 2005 he was a visiting scholar at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) and in 2006-2007 at the University of California-Berkeley. Grønstad earned his doctorate from the University of Bergen in 2003, where he also was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies between 2004 and 2007. In 2007, he was appointed professor of visual culture at the University of Stavanger. With Vågnes he is founding editor of the new peer-reviewed journal Ekfrase: Nordisk Tidsskrift For Visuell Kultur.