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Mats Björkin

Senior lecturer

Mats Björkin
Senior lecturer , Head of Department
Film Studies
+46 31 786 5333

Room number: 2248
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

Department. of Cultural Sciences (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Mats Björkin

Ph.D., Associate Professor in Film Studies


I finished my Ph.D. in Film Studies in 1998 (Stockholm University) and am since 2002 Senior Lecturer in Film Studies.

In addition to research and teaching in Film Studies, and for two years even at the School of Film Directing, I have also held several managerial, board positions and contributed to development projects. I have over the years also written about media and cultural theory in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

I am a member of the Game Research Colloquium.

Since July 2015 I am head of the Department of Cultural Sciences.


My research is mainly about the history of video games, seen both as cultural and media history, but also as part of the histories of software and hardware.

I have also studied what media technologies, nature and human beings have to do with each other. Much has revolved around Sweden during the 1950s, where everything important could be communicated by means of film, television, audio tapes, films, flannelgraphs, exhibitions, advertising, magazines, catalogues, conferences, reports, and debates, but also with the help from trucks, blocks of ice, rivers, power plants, washing machines, hands and faces.

What unites these lines of research is that each object requires its own historical and theoretical analysis for it to say something on a more general level.


I have taught in most areas of Film Studies and prefer combining overviews with problem-oriented case studies based on an idea that humanist education is primarily about helping students develop analytical skills to be able to do and make new exciting things. An example of this is the Bachelor's program Media, aesthetics and Cultural Entrepreneurship, which I took the initiative to in 2013 and then started the Autumn semester 2015.

Latest publications

The Gothenburg International Exile Film Festival In Context
Boel Ulfsdotter, Mats Björkin
Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere / edited by Anna Westerstahl Stenport and Arne Lunde., Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Far East Film Festival 20
Boel Ulfsdotter, Mats Björkin
Alphaville, Journal of Film and Screen Media, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Come and Blow the Horn: Sound, Sex and Cultural Heritage
Mats Björkin
Swedish cinema and the sexual revolution : critical essays / edited by Elisabet Björklund and Mariah Larsson, Jefferson, North Carolina, McFarland , Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Datorer som nya massmedier: I skarven mellan 1970- och 1980-tal
Mats Björkin
Massmedieproblem: Mediestudiets formering / Mats Hyvönen, Pelle Snickars & Per Vesterlund (red.), Lund, Mediehistoriskt arkiv, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

A Speculative Game Writer's Room
Mats Björkin
Learn Do Share #3, DIY Days, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

Jämställdhet på burk
Mats Björkin
"Skosmörja eller arkivdokument?" Om filmarkivet.se och den digitala filmhistorien, Stockholm, Mediehistoriskt arkiv , Chapter in book 2012
Chapter in book

Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing Systems: Files, Objects, Distribution
Mats Björkin
Cultural Technologies: The Shaping of Culture in Media and Society, ed. by Göran Bolin, New York/London, Routledge, Chapter in book 2012
Chapter in book

Reality sucks! Producing passion for the real
Mats Björkin
"Passionen för det reala": nya rum, Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Chapter in book 2010
Chapter in book

Peer-to-peer File-sharing Systems: Files, Objects, Distribution
Mats Björkin
Cultural Technologies / Cultures of Technology Symposium 19-20 October 2009, Södertörns högskolan, Conference contribution 2009
Conference contribution

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Modernismens fotografiska geografi
Mats Björkin
Svenska Dagbladet (Under strecket) 2002-05-12, Book review 2002
Book review

Kinesisk jazz och fonografisk realism
Mats Björkin
Svenska Dagbladet (Under strecket) 2002-07-03, Book review 2002
Book review


Remarks on writing and technologies of sound in early cinema
Mats Björkin
The Sounds of Early Cinema, eds. Richard Abel and Rick Altman, Bloomington, Indiana, Indiana University Press, Chapter in book 2001
Chapter in book


Industrial Greta: Some Thoughts on an Industrial Film
Mats Björkin
Nordic Explorations: Film Before 1930, eds. John Fullerton and Jan Olsson, Sydney, Australia, John Libbey, Chapter in book 1999
Chapter in book


Swedish 'Quality' Film: The Production Output of Orientaliska Teatern, 1911-1912
Mats Björkin
Celebrating 1895: The Centenary of Cinema, ed. John Fullerton, London, John Libbey, Chapter in book 1998
Chapter in book

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