Øyvind Vågnes

Postdoctoral Fellow

Øyvind Vågnes is working on a book tentatively titled Images from the Dark Side: Picturing the War on Terror (with chapters on Errol Morris, Trevor Paglen, Joe Sacco, Jenny Holzer, Jill Magid, Richard Ross, and Nina Berman, among others). He defended his doctoral dissertation on the cultural history of the Zapruder film in 2007, and a book, Zaprudered: The Kennedy Assassination Film in Visual Culture, was published by Texas University Press in 2011. Recent publications include "The Unmaking of the World," in "The Aesthetics of Atrocity," a special issue of Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism; "Showing Silence: On David Small's Stitches," in Studies in  Comics 1.2.2010 and "Inside the Story: A Conversation with Joe Sacco," in Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 1.2.2010. Forthcoming is "The Unsettling Moment: On Mathilde ter Heijne's Suicide Trilogy," in Asbjørn Grønstad and Henrik Gustafsson, Ethics and Images of Pain (Routledge, 2012); and "Lessons from the Life of an Image: Malcolm Browne's Photograph of Thich Quang Duc's Self-Immolation," in Frances Guerin, ed., On Not Looking: The Paradox of Contemporary Visual Culture. Among other relatively recent publications are also articles on the subject of witnessing and 9/11. With Asbjørn Grønstad he is the co-editor of Coverscaping: Discovering Album Aesthetics (Museum Tusculanum Press, 2009), and a founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal Ekfrase: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Visuell Kultur. He is member of three research networks: Visual Culture in Europe, Nordic Network for Comics Research, and the Bergen-located Literature and Science. He is also a co-editor at the forthcoming Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art. In 2001-2002 Vågnes was a Fulbright Fellow at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and in the spring of 2004 a visiting scholar at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has published three novels in Norwegian, Ingen skal sove i natt (2003), Ekko (2005), andSekundet før (2010).