In this last and busy year of the SCANPUB project, we have hired two new research assistants in order to cover more parts of the public sphere. We welcome Irmelin and Lars to the team!
Irmelin Wihelmsen Nilsen
At SCANPUB, Irmelin will be working with the cultural section of the public sphere, and her main focus will be to analyse and compare television-fiction that concerns immigration, produced in the three Scandinavian countries. Irmelin finished her master’s degree in media studies at the University of Bergen in the spring of 2019. Her thesis is a qualitative analysis of the media coverage and representation of new cancer research and cancer drugs in three nationwide newspapers in Norway (VG, Dagbladet and Aftenposten). The paper is titled «Kreft, forestillinger og sensasjonsjournalistikk. En analyse av sosiotekniske forestillinger om kreftforskning i møte med journalistiske nyhetsrammer», and is available from BORA.
Lars will survey nonfiction books about the immigration issue in Scandinavia 1970-2019 for SCANPUB. He will focus on books that have made an impact on the public discourse, and attempt to find differences and similarities in how the immigration issue is represented in the three countries. Lars completed his master’s degree in comparative literature at UiB with a thesis about Knut Hamsun’s Landstrykere (Wayfarers). The thesis «‘En verden hvor hvermand førte hvermand bak lyset’. Edevart og behaget ved bedraget i Hamsuns Landstrykere» is available from BORA.