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Jeg er professor i kommunikasjon og kulturfag og er ansatt på Institutt for reiseliv og nordlige studier, UiT Norges arktiske universitet. Min faglige bakgrunn er i kommunikasjon, media og kulturfag.

  • Kommunikasjon, medier og samfunn
  • Media og populærkultur
  • Makt og medierepresentasjoner
  • Sted, samfunn og media

Ongoing projects:
Intangiblization, Materializations and Mobilities of Kven Heritage: Contemporary Articulations in Fields of Family, Museums, and Culture Industry (WP Leader)
This project deals with contemporary Kven heritage and revitalization processes that take place in the intersection between commodification, political and institutional boundary making of different scale in Northern Norway today. Consortium: UiT, Ruija Kvenmuseum, Nicolaysen Film AS
Funded by: Forskningsrådet, SAMKUL-programmet

Sami Entrepreneurs and Research Collaboration (WP leader)
The overall objective is to address entrepreneurial innovation in Sami areas through research collaborations. Consortium: Norut, UiT, Dalarna University
Funded by: Regionalt forskningsfond Nord

Vandreutstilling med lokal forankring: Formidling, samhandling og flerstedlig dialog om forskning på kvensk/norskfinsk kulturarv (Researcher)
Samarbeid med Varanger museum, Alta museum, Nord-Troms Museum, Universitetsmuseet, samt andre museum og kvenske institusjoner
Funded by: Forskningsrådet, SAMKUL-programmet

Čatnat: Forskning med og for innovasjon i samisk reiseliv og kreative næringer (WP Leader)
Consortium: Nord Universitet og UiT
Funded by: Regionalt forskningsfond Nord


Completed projects:

Joint Higher Education on Northern Tourism (Project Leader)
The project aims to foster quality improvements, innovation and excellence of higher education on northern tourism, in the context of the Arctic region.
Consortium: UiT, University of Oulu, University of Lapland, University of Umeå, Vancouver Island University, Cape Breton Univerity, University of Iceland
Funded by: SIU High North Programme

Winter: New Turns in Arctic Winter Tourism (WP leader)
In this project we explore winter tourism developments in the Arctic linked to Winter Tourism Activities;  Event Tourism; Potensials and Barriers in Mass Tourism Developments; and Tourism Performances and Symbolic Meanings.
Consortium: UiT, Norut, University of Lapland, Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of Alaska, University of Utah, University of Iceland
Funded by: Forskningsrådet

Partnership for Sustainability: Arctic Tourism in Times of Change (Researcher)
Consortium: U of Lapland, U of Umeå, U of Iceland, U of Oulu, Cape Breton University, Vancouver Island University
Funded by: NordRegio

Path Development in Different Regional Settings. Regional Policy Approaches in the Global Economy (Researcher)
Consortium: AFI, IRIS, Norut Alta, Høgskolen i Bergen
Funded by: Forskningsrådet (VRI)

Forutsetninger for verdiskaping i råvarebaserte næringer: Lokale aktører sin posisjon og rolle i Nordiske periferier (WP Leader)
Consortium: Norut Alta, NordRegio, Norut Tromsø
Funded by: RFF Nord

Forankring og bærekraftig verdiskaping i råvarebaserte næringer? Lokale stabilisatorer’s posisjon og rolle i nordiske periferier (Project Leader)
Consortium: Norut Alta, NordRegio, Univ of Akureyri Research Centre
Funded by: Nordisk Ministerråd

Northern Insights. Service Innovation and Tourist Experiences in the High North: The Co-creation of Value for Consumers, Firms and the Tourism Industry (WP Leader)
Consortium: Nord universitet, Nordlandsforskning, UiT, Høgskolen i Harstad, Bioforsk, Norut Alta
Funded by: Forskningsrådet


Telefon: +4777645380

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.


Wijermars, Mariëlle, Holger Pötzsch, Annette Markham & Daria Gritsenko (eds.). 2022. Algorithmic Governance in Context. Special issue. New Media & Society 24.

Jørgensen, Kristine, Faltin Karlsen & Holger Pötzsch (eds.). 2021. Spillstudier. Temanummer. Norsk Medietidsskrift. 28(4).

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

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

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




Works published:


"Wie neoliberal sind die Medien?", in: Eds. Stephan Russ-Mohl und Christian Pieter Hoffmann. Zerreißproben: Leitmedien, Liberalismus und Liberalität. Köln: Herbert von Halem Verlag, 102-116. (mit Uwe Krüger und Hendrik Theine)

"Kapitalismus, Big Data und die neue Rolle der Archive: Anmerkungen zu kritischer Medienkompetenz in Zeiten digitaler Transformation'", in: Eds. Uwe Krüger, Selma Güney, Kerem Schamberger and Nils S. Borchers. Transformation der Medien – Medien der Transformation: Verhandlungen des Netzwerks kritische Kommunikationswissenschaft. Frankfurt/M.: Westend Wissenschaft, 128-146.

"Bringing Materiality into Thinking About Digital Literacy: Theories and Practices of Critical Education in a Digital Age", in JuliAnna Ávila (ed.) Critical Digital Literacies: Boundary-Crossing Practices. Leiden & Boston: Brill.

"Farsfigurer, skeive døtre og voldens egendynamikk i The Last of Us: Part II", Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning, Vol. 45(1), 39-55.

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


"Grenzen und Technologie", in Ed. Dominik Gerst et al.: Handbuch der Grenzforschung. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

"Playing Perpetrators: Interrogating Evil in Videogames about Violent Conflict", in Susanne C. Knittel und Zachary Goldberg (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Perpetrator Studies. London: Routledge, 343-355. (with Emil Hammar, UiT).

"Monster oder Mitmensch? Der vampirische Andere in zwei Versionen von Francis D. Lawrences Film 'I Am Legend'", in: Eds. Uwe Krüger and Sebastian Sevignani. Ideologie, Kritik, Öffentlichkeit: Verhandlungen des Netzwerks kritische Kommunikationswissenschaft. Frankfurt/M.: Westend Wissenschaft, 136-151.

"Zwischen Monster und Mitmensch", Telepolis (June 25).

"Pandemische Visionen: Das Virus als Symptom", in: Michael Meyen (Hrsg.): Medienrealität 2020.


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

"Life Is Bleak (in Particular for Women Who Exert Power and Try to Change the World): The Poetics and Politics of 'Life Is Strange'", Game Studies, Vol. 19(3) (with Agata Waszkiewicz, MCS University).

"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)

"A Tale of Two Versions: 'I Am Legend' and the Political Economy of Cultural Production", Nordlit, Vol. 42, 171-190.

"Calculating Lives? Memory, Archive, and Identity in a Digital Era", in Eds. Johannes Riquet & Martin Heusser. Imaging Identity: Text, Mediality and Contemporary Visual Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 61-81.

"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.

"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, 235-251.

"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, 45-61.

"Communicative Digital Skills", in Tony Burner et al. (eds.) 101 Ways of Teaching English. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget, 71-84. (with Hilde Brox, UiT).

"Uwe Krüger: Mainstream: Warum wir den Medien nicht mehr trauen", book review, Nordlit, Vol. 42, 375-380.

"Media Future Lab Goes to Norway. In: Michael Meyen (ed.): Media Future Lab 2019.

"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, Vol. 44, 29 December.

"Posthumanism, Technogenesis, and Digital Technologies: A Conversation with Katherine N. Hayles", The Fibreculture Journal, Vol. 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. 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, & 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, Vol. 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 Vol. 55, 269-284.

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