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Vesterlund, Per, UniversitetslektorORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-0505-9119
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Vesterlund, P. (2018). Loyalty and Betrayal in Swedish TV-fiction: The radical 1970s and contemporary Nordic Noir. In: : . Paper presented at 5th Lübeck Film Studies Colloquium, 2-3 november 2018, Lübeck, Germany.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Loyalty and Betrayal in Swedish TV-fiction: The radical 1970s and contemporary Nordic Noir
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Swedish TV-drama from the 1970s and (to lower extent) the 1980s have usually been identified with an overt social content. Societal institutions of the welfare state, like public schools or health care, were often in focus. When the Scandinavian crime fiction of today is said to contain social perspectives, and sometimes to depict the disruption of the welfare state, Swedish TV-fiction of the 1970s seems to have been just as critical towards the contemporary society.

The paper will discuss the aesthetic and rhetorical strategies in the narrative and visual depiction of the relation between individual characters and institutions. With vulnerability as one main concept, the era of Swedish TV-fiction of the 1970s and 1980s will be related to later periods – foremost contemporary criminal fiction of the 2010s. The interplay between vulnerability of institutions and the vulnerability of citizens will be one of several tentative thematic issues discussed.

Keywords
TV drama, social committment, Nordic Noir
National Category
Studies on Film
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-28677 (URN)
Conference
5th Lübeck Film Studies Colloquium, 2-3 november 2018, Lübeck, Germany
Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2018-12-03Bibliographically approved
Vesterlund, P. (2018). Myglaren – Media Tactics in the Wake of the New Swedish Film Policy of 1963. In: : . Paper presented at NECS - European Network for Cinema and Media Studies 2018, 28-30 June, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Myglaren Media Tactics in the Wake of the New Swedish Film Policy of 1963
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Swedish “film reform” of 1963 – when the Swedish Film Institute (SFI) was founded, and a national system of film subsidies was to be introduced – led to changes in the strategies of national film production and a general institutionalization of national film culture and art cinema values.

In the history of Swedish cinema, a less high-lighted effect of the new system is the different kinds of temporary tactical enactments that followed the reform. These media tactics could often be recognized as temporary or singular actions. There were frequently examples of producers pre- or postponing the opening night of a film in order to have the premiere registered in the “right” year; or of producers adding scenes to film to reach the required length for a feature film to be entitled to subsidies.  

These tactical manoeuvres were regularly reported on by the press. Not only were the long-term strategies of fitting into the “Ingmar Bergman-pattern” discussed, but also short-sighted attempts to deceive the new system gained public attention. In 1966 the film Myglaren (The Fixer) by Jan Myrdal and Rune Hassner was subject to both these discourses in the public debate. The film was an overt critique of the social democracy, but also an implicit critique of the new film policy. Originally produced for TV, the film was not entitled to any subsidy. The two directors, however, staged one single showing in a movie theatre, in order to be able to apply for funding from the SFI. The aim of their application was also to start a debate on the film reform.

In this paper, I will make this outstanding case pivotal in a discussion of strategies and tactics in Swedish 1960s cinema.    

Keywords
film policy, art cinema, welfare state, media subsidies, film debates
National Category
Studies on Film
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-27562 (URN)
Conference
NECS - European Network for Cinema and Media Studies 2018, 28-30 June, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Available from: 2018-07-10 Created: 2018-07-10 Last updated: 2018-09-03Bibliographically approved
Vesterlund, P. (2018). Schein: En biografi (1ed.). Stockholm: Albert Bonnier förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Schein: En biografi
2018 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Albert Bonnier förlag, 2018. p. 532 Edition: 1
Keywords
Filmhistoria, mediehistoria, filmpolitik, mediepolitik, filmkritik
National Category
Studies on Film
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-26497 (URN)978-91-0-014183-7 (ISBN)
Projects
Citizen Schein:
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2009-30507-67947-19
Available from: 2018-04-24 Created: 2018-04-24 Last updated: 2018-05-21Bibliographically approved
Hyvönen, M., Snickars, P. & Vesterlund, P. (2018). The formation of Swedish media studies, 1960–1980. Media History, 24(1), 86-98
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The formation of Swedish media studies, 1960–1980
2018 (English)In: Media History, ISSN 1368-8804, E-ISSN 1469-9729, Vol. 24, no 1, p. 86-98Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Around 1960, the politics of the emerging media society in Sweden tended to fixate the formative functions of mass communication. The monopoly of public service broadcast media, press subsidies and new tendencies in film policy were some of the issues around which uncertainty prevailed. New methods to provide reliable data were sought by politicians, since empirical facts were required as arguments for an updated media policy. This article examines the different ways that the field of media studies was introduced in Sweden between 1960 and 1980. We argue that Swedish academic media studies departed from, and emerged within, a rather diffuse borderland between industry, politics and academia. The formation of national media research in Sweden can partly be seen as an effect of politicians and the media industry wanting to be better informed on issues such as media influence, media ownership and the habits and composition of the media audience.

Keywords
Swedish media history, history of media studies, Sweden, media policy
National Category
Media Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-28681 (URN)10.1080/13688804.2016.1270751 (DOI)000436316500005 ()2-s2.0-85012097752 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2018-12-03Bibliographically approved
Vesterlund, P. (2018). Vem dödade Leif?: Sjukhuset i den svenska tvåkanalstelevisionens dramatik. In: : . Paper presented at Berätta för livet! Om narrativ medicin och personcentrerad vård, 13-14 november 2018, Växjö, Sverige.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vem dödade Leif?: Sjukhuset i den svenska tvåkanalstelevisionens dramatik
2018 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

När första säsongen av den svenska TV-serien Jourhavande hade premiär den 17 mars 1974 var den på flera sätt typisk för svenska TV-dramatik av sin tid. Den kännetecknades av en realistisk estetik, den adresserade samhälleliga problem, och den blev häftigt uppmärksammad och debatterad i pressen.

Under 1970-talet blev denna så kallade TV-teater en nationell angelägenhet av vikt. I en tid av biografkris framstår i efterhand den inhemska tv-dramatiken som en av de mest publikt centrala audiovisuella nationella produktions- och distributionsformen för sin tid. TV-serierna och pjäserna präglades av tidens politiserade anda och fungerade som projektionsytor för aktuella samhälleliga konflikter. Ofta fokuserade TV-dramatiken välfärdsstatens funktioner. Företeelser som arbetslöshet (Friställd, 1969) eller migration från landsbygden (Hem till byn, 1971-1976; Fiskeläget, 1974) och institutionella kontexter i välfärdsstaten som skola (Lära för livet, 1977) eller idrottsrörelse (Hammarstads BK, 1977) i fokus.

Ett återkommande tema i dessa produktioner var hälso- och sjukvård. De kanske främsta exemplen är de två serierna Jourhavande (1974) och Babels hus (1981). Båda fokuserar maktmissbruk, stordrift och ekonomism i den svenska sjukvården. Båda har det stora sjukhuset som spelplats. Jourhavande regisserades av Jackie Söderman efter manus av Gunnar E. Sandgren. Den visades i två säsonger 1974 och 1975. Babels hus regisserades av Jonas Cornell, efter manus av förlagans författare P C Jersild, och hade premiär i januari 1981. Båda serierna sågs av en stor publik och ledde till häftig debatt. Det var inte så mycket själva serierna som debatterades utan den verklighet de beskrev – och kritiserade.

I min presentation kommer jag dels att tala om hur sjukvårdens problem gestaltades och berättades i dessa serier, samt om hur sjukhuset konstrueras som dystopisk miljö. Dels kommer jag att diskutera mottagandet i pressen av serierna. Jag kommer också att anknyta till skildringar av sjukhusmiljö i andra TV-produktioner från perioden.

Keywords
TV-dramatik, sjukvård, social tematik, 1970-talet
National Category
Studies on Film
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-28678 (URN)
Conference
Berätta för livet! Om narrativ medicin och personcentrerad vård, 13-14 november 2018, Växjö, Sverige
Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2018-12-03Bibliographically approved
Vesterlund, P. (2018). Vulnerable representations of urbanization – Rekordåren 1966, 1967, 1968... (The Record Years 1966/1967/1968). In: Eva Åsén Ekstrand och Olle Findahl (Ed.), Consuming the Environment 2017: Multidisciplinary approaches to urbanization and vulnerability. Paper presented at Consuming the Environment 2017, 3-5 December 2017, Gävle, Sweden (pp. 114-126). Gävle: Gävle University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vulnerable representations of urbanization – Rekordåren 1966, 1967, 1968... (The Record Years 1966/1967/1968)
2018 (English)In: Consuming the Environment 2017: Multidisciplinary approaches to urbanization and vulnerability, Gävle: Gävle University Press , 2018, p. 114-126Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gävle: Gävle University Press, 2018
National Category
Studies on Film
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-27564 (URN)978-91-88145-23-9 (ISBN)
Conference
Consuming the Environment 2017, 3-5 December 2017, Gävle, Sweden
Available from: 2018-07-10 Created: 2018-07-10 Last updated: 2018-09-03Bibliographically approved
Vesterlund, P. (2017). Ett steg på framåtskridandets väg? Arbetarrörelsen, filmen och historien. In: : . Paper presented at Arbetarhistorikermötet: bilder av arbete, 15-16 juni 2017, Landskrona, Sverige.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ett steg på framåtskridandets väg? Arbetarrörelsen, filmen och historien
2017 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Studies on Film
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-24645 (URN)
Conference
Arbetarhistorikermötet: bilder av arbete, 15-16 juni 2017, Landskrona, Sverige
Available from: 2017-07-03 Created: 2017-07-03 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
Vesterlund, P. (2017). ”... men visst kände vi igen oss” – iakttagelser av svensk TV-dramatik och samhällsliv under 1970- och 1980-talet (1ed.). In: Ulrika Serrander, Peter Thalén (Ed.), Kunskap, motstånd, möjlighet: Humanistisk forskning idag (pp. 15-38). Stockholm: Molin & Sorgenfrei
Open this publication in new window or tab >>”... men visst kände vi igen oss” – iakttagelser av svensk TV-dramatik och samhällsliv under 1970- och 1980-talet
2017 (Swedish)In: Kunskap, motstånd, möjlighet: Humanistisk forskning idag / [ed] Ulrika Serrander, Peter Thalén, Stockholm: Molin & Sorgenfrei, 2017, 1, p. 15-38Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Molin & Sorgenfrei, 2017 Edition: 1
Keywords
TV-serier, mediehistoria, samhällsdebatt
National Category
Studies on Film
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-25702 (URN)9789187515996 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-11-30 Created: 2017-11-30 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
Vesterlund, P. (2017). "... men visst kände vi igen oss" - iakttagelser av svensk TV-dramatik och samhällsliv under 1970- och 1980-talet (1ed.). In: Ulrika Serrander & Peder Thalén (Ed.), Kunskap Motstånd Möjlighet: Humanistisk forskning i dag (pp. 17-40). Halmstad: Molin & Sorgenfrei
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"... men visst kände vi igen oss" - iakttagelser av svensk TV-dramatik och samhällsliv under 1970- och 1980-talet
2017 (Swedish)In: Kunskap Motstånd Möjlighet: Humanistisk forskning i dag / [ed] Ulrika Serrander & Peder Thalén, Halmstad: Molin & Sorgenfrei, 2017, 1, p. 17-40Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Halmstad: Molin & Sorgenfrei, 2017 Edition: 1
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-25952 (URN)978-91-87515-99-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-01-08 Created: 2018-01-08 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
Vesterlund, P. (2017). The body in the tower of Babel: Health care and illness in Swedish TV-fiction since 1970. In: : . Paper presented at NECS: Network for European Cinema and Media Studies 2017, 28 June - 1 July, Paris, France.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The body in the tower of Babel: Health care and illness in Swedish TV-fiction since 1970
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A remarkable increase of domestic production of TV-fiction was apparent in Sweden from 1970, when the second national public service television channel (TV2) was established, and onwards. Serials and single films produced by the national public service have in retrospect been regarded as a vital part of national popular memory.

Swedish TV drama in the 1970s and (to lower extent) in the 1980s has usually been identified with realism and overt social content. Central institutions of the welfare state – like public school or health care – were often in focus. During the introduction of cable TV in the mid 1980s, the genrescape of Swedish TV drama changed rapidly. Crime fiction and melodrama/soap operas or high quality mini-series, successively replaced the dominance of contemporary social drama. With the huge success of Scandicrime/Nordic Noir during the 2000s and 2010s, further changes in Swedish TV-fiction is apparent.

One constant theme throughout these changing conditions of genre structures and production practices surrounding TV drama in Sweden, is the representation of illness and health care. All since Jourhavande (On duty for the day, 1973 and 1975), about the working conditions and quality of care in a small hospital, health care and medical treatment have been a recurring theme in Swedish TV drama. Babels hus (The House of Babel 1981), a bleak artful drama in six episodes focusing an elderly man recovering from a heart attack, and family melodrama serial Skärgårdsdoktorn (Doctor in the Archipelago, 1997-2000), are the most successful examples concerning audience following.

In my paper, I will examine drama series concentrating solely on health care (hospitals, retirement homes, private practitioner, etc.), as well as in other productions in different genres. My aim is to discuss aesthetic and thematic dimensions, with changing notions of the welfare state as one recurrent context.

 

Keywords
Television drama, health care, social issues, illness
National Category
Studies on Film
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-24644 (URN)
Conference
NECS: Network for European Cinema and Media Studies 2017, 28 June - 1 July, Paris, France
Available from: 2017-07-03 Created: 2017-07-03 Last updated: 2018-03-22Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-0505-9119

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