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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.

Selected publications

  1. Accepted/In press

    Storytelling Schemes, Realism, and Ambiguity: Susanne Bier's Danish Dramas

    Langkjær, B. 2018 (Accepted/In press) Refocus: The Films of Susanne Bier. Shriver-Rice, M., Molly, M. & Nielsen, M. (eds.). 1 ed. Edingburgh University Press

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  2. E-pub ahead of print

    Following the viewers: Investigating television drama engagement through skin conductance measurements

    Gregersen, A. L., Langkjær, B., Heiselberg, L. & Lyng Wieland, J. 25 Aug 2017 In : Poetics.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Published

    Problems of Metaphor, Film, and Perception

    Langkjær, B. 12 Oct 2015 Embodied Metaphors in Film, Television, and Video Games: Cognitive Approaches. Fahlenbrach, K. (ed.). New York: Routledge, p. 115-128 14 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  4. Published

    Audiovisual Styling and the Film Experience: Prospects for Textual Analysis and Experimental Approaches to Understand the Perception of Sound and Music in Movies

    Langkjær, B. Jul 2015 In : Music and the Moving Image. 8, 2, p. 35-47 13 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    Realismen i dansk film

    Langkjær, B. 2012 Frederiksberg: Samfundslitteratur. 522 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

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