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Robert Saunders

Scoping/Scaping the Geopolitical in Occupied (2015- ) and Nobel (2016- )

Robert A. Saunders, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of History, Politics and Geography at Farmingdale State College, a campus of the State University of New York (SUNY). His research explores various intersections of popular culture, geopolitics, nationalism, and religious identity. Professor Saunders’ essays have appeared in Progress in Human Geography, Slavic Review, Nations and Nationalism, and Geopolitics, among other journals and his books include Popular Geopolitics and Nation Branding in the Post-Soviet Realm (Routledge, 2016), Historical Dictionary of the Russian Federation (Scarecrow Press, 2010) and The Many Faces of Sacha Baron Cohen: Politics, Parody, and the Battle over Borat (Lexington Books, 2008). He is the curator of the ‘Popular Culture and IR’ blog channel at E-International Relations.

Recent publications:

  • “A Dark Imaginarium: The Bridge, Malmö, and the Creation of a ‘Non-Existent’ Place,” Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (accepted pending revisions).
  • “Mapping Monstrosity: Metaphorical Geographies in China Miéville’s Bas-Lag Trilogy,” ed. Lisa Fletcher, Genre Settings: Spatiality and Popular Fiction, Palgrave Macmillan (2016).
  • Popular Geopolitics and Nation Branding in the Post-Soviet Realm, Routledge(2016).
  • “Hungry Lands: Conquest, Cannibalism, and the Wendigo Spirit,” Undead in the West: Vampires, Zombies, Mummies and Ghosts on the Cinematic Frontier, eds. Cindy Miller and Bow Van Riper, Scarecrow Press (2012), pp. 182-203.
  • “Undead Spaces: Fear, Globalisation, and the Popular Geopolitics of Zombiism,” Geopolitics, 2012, 17(1): 80-104.

Kim Toft Hansen

“It’s like f*cking Hobbit-land down there”: Acquitted and sublimity light in Nordic Noir

Kim Toft Hansen is Associate Professor in Scandinavian Media Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark. His research has focussed on Scandinavian written and audio-visual crime fiction, media production studies, with special attention towards relationships between local and global media. He has published extensively on crime fiction and Danish film and television. Recent and upcoming publications include Locating Nordic Noir: From Beck to The Bridge (with A.M. Waade) (2017, in press), “Norskov: a different Frederikshavn” (with J.R. Christensen)(2016, in Danish), 1864: TV-series, history, critique (ed. 2016, in Danish), “The logic of place in local Danish television drama” (2017, in press), and “Northern Jutland as an Intertextual Location” (with J.R. Christensen) (2015). 

Steven Peacock

'Dexter's Hollow Designs'. The paper addresses the meaningful shallowness of the Miami landscape in Dexter.

Steven Peacock is Head of Media and Reader in Film and Television Aesthetics at the University of Hertfordshire. He is the author of Swedish Crime Fiction: Novel, Film, Television (Manchester University Press, 2014), Hollywood and Intimacy: Style, Moments, Magnificence (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011), and Colour (Manchester University Press, 2010). He is the editor of The Television Series (Manchester University Press) and the editor/author of collections Television Aesthetics and Style (with Jason Jacobs, Bloomsbury, 2013), Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Nordic Noir (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012) and Reading 24: TV against the Clock (I B Tauris, 2007). He co-ordinates the MA in Global Film and Television (Online) at the University of Hertfordshire.  

Les Roberts & Hazel Andrews (UK)

The Stranger and the Swamp: Tracing the Liminal Landscapes of True Detective

Les Roberts is a Senior Lecturer in the School of the Arts at the University of Liverpool. His research interests and practice fall within the areas of urban cultural studies, spatial humanities, and cultural memory. He is author/editor of 8 books, including Spatial Anthropology: Excursions in Liminal Space (2018), Deep Mapping (2016), Locating the Moving Image (2014), Liminal Landscapes: Travel, Experience and Spaces In-between (2012), and Film, Mobility and Urban Space (2012).

Anne Marit Waade 

Landscape gazing - from landscape paintings to tourism and television drama: The Legacy (2014-), Midnight Sun (2016-)

Anne Marit Waade is an Associated Professor at Media & Journalism, Aarhus University. Her main research interests include mediated places, creative industry and promotional culture, e.g. how locations are used in TV series production, place branding, landscapes and cartographic aesthetics in travel series and travel journalism. More recently she has been focusing on the export of Danish TV drama, location studies, transnational television drama industry and media tourism. Among her publications are Locating Nordic Noir (2017 co-author), When Public Service Drama Travels (2016, co-author), Wallanderland (2013), Armchair tourism (2014, co-author) and Medier og turisme (2010, co-author).


Sue Turnbull

Out of the Shadows:  The Value of Landscape in Australian TV Drama

Sue Turnbull is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Wollongong where she is Discipline Leader for the Creative Industries and Director of the Research Centre for Texts, Culture and Creative Industries.  Her current research includes two Australian Research Council funded projects: a study of television use amongst migrants, and the transnational career of the TV crime drama. Her recent publications include The Media and Communications in Australia (2014) with Stuart Cunningham and The Television Crime Drama published by Edinburgh University Press (2014).  With Kim Toft Hansen and Steven Peacock, Sue is currently preparing the edited collection European Television Crime Drama and Beyond for Palgrave Macmillan.