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Media studies: Critical and materialist approaches to digital technologies

Film studies: War films, (neo)formalist approaches

Game studies: War games, (neo)formalist approaches

Border studies: Border technologies, border culture

Memory studies: Cultural and media memories


Please access my contributions to the academic blog Medienrealität (ed. Michael Meyen) here:


Hammond, Phil & Holger Pötzsch (eds.). 2019. War Game: Memory, Militarism, and the Subject of Play. New York: Bloomsbury Academic. (forthcoming)

Beyer, Christian, Juliane C. Bockwoldt, Emil L. Hammar & Holger Pötzsch (eds.). 2019. Manufacturing Monsters. Special issue. Nordlit 42. (forthcoming)

Pötzsch, Holger & Phil Hammond (eds.). 2016. WAR/GAME. Special issue. Game Studies, Vol. 16(2).



“Capturing Clouds: Imag(in)ing the Materiality of Digital Networks”, in Johan Schimanski & Jopi Nyman (eds.) Border Images/Border Narratives. Manchester: Manchester University Press. (2020)

"Grenzen und Technologie", in Ed. Dominik Gerst Handbuch der Grenzforschung (2020)

"Playing Perpetrators: Interrogating Evil in Videogames about Violent Conflict", in Susanne C. Knittel und Zachary Goldberg (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Perpetrator Studies. London: Routledge (with Emil Hammar, UiT). (2019)

"Calculating Lives? Memory, Archive, and Identity in a Digital Era", in Eds. Johannes Riquet & Martin Heusser. Imaging Identity. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (2019)

"Positioning Players as Political Subjects: Forms of Estrangement and the Presentation of War in This War of Mine and Spec Ops: The Line" in Eds. Phil Hammond & Holger Pötzsch, War Game: Memory, Militarism, and the Subject of Play. New York: Bloomsbury (2019)

"A Tale of Two Versions: I Am Legend and the Political Economy of Cultural Production", Nordlit, Vol. 42. 2019.

"Uwe Krüger: Mainstream: Warum wir den Medien nicht mehr trauen", book review, Nordlit, Vol. 42. 2019.

Works published:


"Critical Digital Literacy: Technology in Education Beyond Issues of User Competence and Labour-Market Qualifications", TripleC, Vol. 17(2), 221-240.

"Communicative Digital Skills", in Tony Burner et al. (eds.) 101 Ways of Teaching English. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget. (with Hilde Brox, UiT).

"Playing Cultural Memory: Framing History in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops' and 'Czechoslovakia 38-89: Assassination'", Games & Culture, Vol. 14(1), 3-25. (with Vit Sisler, Charles University in Prague)

"From a New Seeing to a New Acting: Viktor Shklovsky's Ostranenie and Analyses of Games and Play", in Eds. Howard Mancing and Slav Gratchev Viktor Shklovsky’s Heritage in Literature, Art and Philosophy. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield (chapter 18).

"Forms and Practices of Transgressivity in Videogames: Aesthetics, Play, and Politics", in: Eds. Kristine Jørgensen and Faltin Karlsen. Transgression in Games and Play. Cambridge: MIT Press (chapter 3).

"Der blinde Fleck Computerspiel." In Michael Meyen (Hrsg.): Das mediale Erbe der DDR @LMU 


"Of Monsters and Men: Forms of Evil in War Films", in Eds. Marzena Sokolowska-Paryz & Martin Löschnigg. The Enemy in Contemporary Film. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 53-72.

"iBorder/ing", in Eds. Celia Lury, Emma Uprichard Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research Methods. London: Routledge, 99-103.

"Archives and Identity in the Context of Social Media and Algorithmic Analytics: Towards an Understanding of iArchive and Predictive Retention", New Media & Society, Vol. 20(9), 3304-3322.


"Playing Games with Shklovsky, Brecht, and Boal: Ostranenie, V-Effect, and Spect-Actors as Analytical Tools for Game Studies", Game Studies, Vol. 17(2), 1-19.

"Media Matter", TripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, Vol. 15(1), 148-170.

"In/Visibility", in: Eds. J. Schimanski and S. Wolfe. Border Aesthetics. New York: Berghahn Books, 68-89 (with Chiara Brambilla, University of Bergamo).

“Selective Realism: Filtering Experiences of War in the First- and Third-Person Shooter”, Games & Culture, Vol. 12(2), 156-178.


"War/Game: Studying Relations Between Violent Conflict, Games, and Play", Game Studies, Vol. 16(2), 1-14 (with Phil Hammond, LSBU).

“Investigating the Culture-Media-Security Nexus”, in: Eds. Piers Robinson, Philip Seib, and Romy Fröhlich. Routledge Handbook of Media, Conflict, and Security. London: Routledge, 36-50.

"Materialist Perspectives on Digital Technologies: Informing Debates on Digital Literacy and Competence", Nordicom Review, Vol. 37(1), 119-132.

"Etter beste kjønn", book review, Norsk Tidsskrift for Kjønnsforskning, Vol. 40(2), 57-62.


“Seeing and Thinking Borders”, in: Eds. C. Brambilla, J. Laine, J.W. Scott and G. Bocchi. Borderscaping: Imaginations and Practices of Border Making. Farnham: Ashgate, 217-228.

“Art Across Borders: Dislocating Artistic and Curatorial Practices in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region”, Journal of Borderlands Studies, Vol. 30(1), 111-125. 

"iBorder: Bringing STS into Border Research", Proceedings of the ISIS Summit Vienna 2015, 3–7 June 2015; Sciforum Electronic Conference Series, Vol. 1, doi:10.3390/isis-summit-vienna-2015-T3.3003

"iBorder, Bordering, Borderscapes: A Conversation", Environment & Planning D: Society & Space Open Site, March 5 (with Chiara Brambilla, University of Bergamo).

"The Emergence of iBorder: Bordering Bodies, Networks, and Machines", Environment & Planning D: Society & Space, Vol. 33(1), 101-118.

"The Emergence of iWar: Changing Practices and Perceptions of Military Engagement in a Digital Era", New Media & Society, Vol. 17(1), 78-95.


"Games and Brains", Dichtung Digital: Journal für Kunst und Kultur digitaler Medien, No. 44, 29 December.
"Posthumanism, Technogenesis, and Digital Technologies: A Conversation with Katherine N. Hayles", The Fibreculture Journal 23, 95-107.

“The Ubiquitous Absence of the Enemy in Contemporary Israeli War Films”, in: The Philosophy of War Films (ed. David LaRocca), Univ Press of Kentucky, 313-333.


"Ubiquitously Absent Enemies: Character Engagement in the Contemporary War Film", Nordicom Review, Vol. 34(1), 125-144.

“Beyond Mimesis: War, Memory, and History in Clint Eastwood’s ‘Flags of our Fathers’, in: Anne Gjelsvik and Rikke Schubart (eds.): Eastwood’s Iwo Jima: A Critical Engagement With ‘Flags of our Fathers’ and ‘Letters from Iwo Jima’, London: Wallflower Press, 119-138.

"Picturing Afghanistan: The Photography of Foreign Conflict", book review, Media, War & Conflict 2013, Vol. 6(2), 176-178.

"Mind the Gap", essay, Chto Delat Newspaper, February 2013, 5.


“Rearticulating the Experience of War in ‘Anonyma: Eine Frau in Berlin”, Nordlit Vol. 30, 15-33.

“Film som uløst gåte: en samtale med Knut Erik Jensen”, interview, in: Ingeborg Breines, Viggo Rossvær and Audun Øfsti (eds.): Virkeligheten sett gjennom kunstnerøyne. Stamsund: Orkana Akademisk, 144-161.

“Renegotiating Difficult Pasts: Two Documentary Dramas on Bloody Sunday, Derry 1972”, Memory Studies, 5(2), 206-222.

“Framing Narratives: Opening Sequences in Contemporary American and British War Films”, Media, War, and Conflict Vol. 5(2), 155-173.

"Imag(in)ing Painful Pasts: Mimetic and Poetic Style in War Films", in: Asbjørn Grønstad and Henrik Gustafsson (eds.) Ethics and Images of Pain, London: Routledge, 251-278.

“Aspects of Liminality in Knut Erik Jensen’s ‘Stella Polaris’”, Folklore Vol. 52 (special issue on 'Writing Cultures and Traditions at Borders'), 118-123.

"War's New Clothes? Diffusing Norway's Military Engagement in Afghanistan", in: Ned Rossiter and Anna Reading: Digital Media Research #1: Data, Memory, Territory. Sydney: School of Humanities and Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney, 21-24. (conference proceedings)

Between Constitutive Absence and Subversive Presence: Self and Other in the Contemporary War Film, Dissertation for the Degree of Philosophiae Doctor, 188 pages.


“Krigens nye klær: Perspektiver på nye medier, medievitenskap og politikk", Norsk Medietidsskrift, 2/2011, 164-174.

“Borders, Barriers, and Grievable Lives: The Discursive Production of Self and Other in Film and Other Audio-Visual Media”, Nordicom Review 32(2), 75-94.

“Liminale Räume in Dragojevics ‘Lepa Sela, Lepo Gore’ und Tanovics ‘Nicija Zemlja’”, in: Bobinac, Luthar, Müller-Funk, Stern, Lauggas, Finzi (eds.): Kulturanalyse im zentraleuropäischen Kontext. Tübingen: Francke Verlag, 89-104.


“Challenging the Border as Barrier: Liminality in Terrence Malick’s ‘The Thin Red Line’”, Journal for Borderlands Studies, 25(1), 67-80.

“Articulating Threats/Threatening Articulations: The Discursive Impact of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) on Local Systems of Meaning” in: Trine Fossland and Kjersti Fjørtoft (eds.) Approaching Citizenship, Encounters, and Place Enactment. CEPIN Working Papers II, Univ. i Tromsø.


“’Black Hawk Down’: Film zwischen Reflektion und Konstruktion gesellschaftlicher Wirklichkeit”, International Review of Education 55, 269-284.

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