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Department of Media, Cognition and Communication > Staff

Birger Langkjær

Birger Langkjær

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

Cognitive film and media theory, including theories of ecological perception and affordances, emotion, metaphors, and narration

Danish cinema with a special focus on realism and genre films

Film Sound and Music

Art film and Theories of Genre

Current research

At present, I work on articles and projects within the following areas

Action film and affordances

Susanne Bier’s melodramas

Music and Lars von Trier

Quantitative and qualitative approaches to audience engagement in characters in TV-series (with the Danish Radio Corporation)

Experimental approaches to match-on-action editing

Foley sounds

Realism in Danish cinema

Fields of interest

Fiction films, TV/web-series, documentary, popular music


This semester I teach Fiction Theory and Analysis (BA) and a seminar on how to write a MA-thesis. I have previously taught in Culture and Communication theory (BA), in Film and Audiovisual Aesthetics (MA), and in different specialized seminars and courses on MA.

I supervise on subjects within fiction film and TV/web-series as well as many different subjects related to audiovisual media, including theory, analysis, history and film scripts and production. Thesis supervision within most film and media related subjects.

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