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Cinema studies in the service of liberty?: The early research on media effects by “Filmforskningsgruppen” at the Swedish Film Institute 1964–1971
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities, Media and communication studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0505-9119
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

An often-neglected aspect of the Swedish film reform in 1963 is the ambition to liberalize the governmental censorship. In 1964 the founder of the Swedish Film Institute (SFI), Harry Schein, initiated a Group of scholars from different academic fields (sociology, psychology, pedagogy, political science) with the purpose to study the effects of films on audiences. The group worked with individual or collective projects, studying audiences and genres. The aim for the research from Scheins point of view was crystal clear – films cannot be proved to cause damage. For the researchers the initiative from SFI rather provided an opportunity to institute new research on media effects. In this paper I will deal with the tension between Scheins intentions and the scientific practice of the group, and I will also discuss the impact the project might have had on the Swedish film and media studies of the 1970s and 1980s.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
Keywords [en]
censorship, knowledge, research, film politics
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Studies on Film
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-28733OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-28733DiVA, id: diva2:1267278
Conference
ECREA Film Studies Section Interim Conference, 8-9 November 2013, Lund, Sweden
Part of project
Citizen Schein - Studying Swedish Cinema Culture, Media Politics and the Archive of Harry Schein, Swedish Research Council
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2009-01497Available from: 2018-11-30 Created: 2018-11-30 Last updated: 2019-10-01Bibliographically approved

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