I am Associate Professor of English at Aalborg University. I work on post-cinema, affect theory, moods and atmospheres in popular culture, and science fiction.


Drone Age Cinema: Action Film and Sensory Assault

At a time when technological advances are transforming cultures and supporting new automated military operations, action films engage the senses and, in doing so, allow viewers to embody combat roles. This book argues that through film the viewer adapts to an ecology of fear, one that reflects global panic at the near-constant threat of conflict and violence. Often overwhelming in its audiovisual assault, action cinema attempts to overpower our bodies with its own through force and intensity. In this book, Steen Ledet Christiansen identifies five aspects central to how action films produce such physical movements and responses through vectors, droning, kinetics, telesomatics and volatility and in so doing unveils new modes of perception that acclimatise us for warfare. Drawing on theories from film-philosophy and a consideration of the aesthetics and phenomenology of war, this is an innovative study of the evolving action movie and its role in the targeted address of battle. Chapters investigate new modes of cinematic experience through in-depth case studies of Iron Man, Avatar and the Jason Bourne trilogy, through to The Hurt Locker and Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Edited Volumes

Monstrologi: Frygtens manifestationer. with Jørgen Riber Christensen.
Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2012.

Spøgelser: Genfærdet som kulturel og æstetisk figur. with Brian Russell Graham, Louise Mønster, Peder Kaj Pedersen, Jan Tödtloff Schlosser. Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2011.

Transgression. Special Issue of Akademisk kvarter. With Charlie Blake. Vol. 3, 2011.

Kulturtrafik: Æstetiske udtryk i en global verden. with Peter Stein Larsen, Kim Toft Hansen, Louise Mønster, Pder Kaj Pedersen. Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2010.


“Creepy Atmospheres and Weird Narration in The OA.” Studies in the Fantastic, vol. 6, 2018, pp. 95-115. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/sif.2018.0004

<a href=” https:=”” www.tandfonline.com=”” doi=”” full=”” 10.1080=”” 09502386.2017.1400573″=””>”Mediating Potency and Fear: Action Movies’ Affect.” Cultural Studies 32(1), 2018, pp. 43-62.

“Sounds of Futures Past : Materiality, Hauntology, Affect.” Akademisk kvarter 16, 2017, pp. 22-35.

“Stranger Things og firsernostalgi.” Skriverier i luften: Festskrift til Jørgen Riber Christensen. Eds. Steen Ledet Christiansen; Ole Ertløv; Kim Toft Hansen; Thomas Mosebo Simonsen. Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2017, pp. 285-298.

“Time Morphs”. In Media Res April 2017 (videographic essay).

“Pain and the Cinesthetic Subject in Black Swan.” Screen Bodies 1(2), 2016.

“Metamorphosis and Modulation: Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan,” in Denson and Leyda (eds), Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st-Century Film (Falmer: REFRAME Books, 2016).

Deja Vu: Textures of Time.” Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism 6 (2015). 19-26.

“Superheroes and Sensibilities: Trauma and Innervation in Iron Man 3.” Imaginaires 19 (2015).

“Uncanny Cameras and Networked Subjects.” Digital Horror: Haunted Technologies, Network Panic and the Found Footage Phenomenon. Eds. Linnie Blake and Xavier Aldana Reyes. London: I.B.Tauris (2015). 42-53.

“Posthumous Subjects.” The Palgrave Handbook of Posthumanism in Film and Television. Michael Hauskeller, Thomas D. Philbeck, Curtis D. Carbonyl (eds). Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. s. 339-348.

“Bullet Time: A Temporal Icon”. Akademisk kvarter 10, 2015.

“Collision and Movement in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive“. Non-Place: Representing Placelessness in Literature, Media, and Culture*. Mirjam Gebauer, Helle Thorsøe Nielsen, Jan T. Schlosser, and Bent Sørensen (eds.). Aalborg: Aalborg University Press, 2015.

“Terminal Films”. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 25(2-3), 2015. 264-277.

“‘The Earth Died Screaming’: Tom Waits’ Bone Machine“. Fred Botting & Catherine Spooner (eds). Monstrous Media/Spectral Subjects: Imaging Gothic from the Nineteenth Century to the Present. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015. 73-85.

“Between Media: David Mack’s Kabuki“. Rikke Platz Cortsen, Erin La Cour, and Anne Magnussen (eds). Comics and Power: Representing and Questioning Culture, Subjects and Communities. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015. 72-88.

“Biopoetics of Control and Resistance in William Burroughs’ The Nova Trilogy” in Prospero XIX, pp. 165-184.

Of Male Bondage: Violence and Constraint in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives. Akademisk Kvarter, Vol 8. 2014, 27-36.

“Digital tid på Vimeo”. in Online Videoer: På sociale medieplatforme. red. / Ole Ertløv Hansen; Lennard Højbjerg. 2013. udg. Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2013. 95-112 (MÆRKK – Æstetik og Kommunikation, Vol. 2).

“Hyper Attention Blockbusters: Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy”. In Akademisk kvarter, Vol. 7, 2013, 143-157.

Requiem for a Dream som mindre film: Darren Aronofskys postfilmiska estetik”. I gränslandet: Nya perspektiv på film och modernism. 1. udg. Gidlunds bokförlag i Hedemora, 2013. 180-198.

“Suburban Apocalypse: The Haunted House of Capitalism”. in Terminus: The End in Literature, Media and Culture. Robert W. Rix & Brian Russell Graham (eds) Vol. 5. Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2013. s. 185-201.

“Posthuman Rights”. Akademisk kvarter, Vol. 5, 2012, 101-112.

“Sound of the Apocalypse”. Journal of South Texas English Studies, Vol. 3, Nr. 2, 01.01.2012, 40-59.

“Things Come Alive: Rise of the Zombies”. in Monstrologi: Frygtens manifestationer. Jørgen Riber Christensen & Steen Ledet Christiansen (eds). Aalborg : Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2012, 147-164.

“Screen Spectrality: Gil Scott-Heron’s and Chris Cunningham’s New York Is Killing Me”. in Spøgelser. Genfærdet som kulturel og æstetisk figur. Steen Christiansen; Brian R. Graham; Louise Mønster; Peder Kaj Pedersen; Jan T. Schlosser. (eds), Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2012, 71-81.

“Body Refractions: Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. Akademisk kvarter, Vol. 3, 2011, 306-315.

“The Bridges of Americana County: Three Images of Clint Eastwood”. in Kulturtrafik: Æstetiske udtryk i en global verden. Steen Ledet Christiansen; Kim Toft Hansen; Peter Stein Larsen; Louise Mønster; Peder Kaj Pedersen (eds). Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2011, 245-260.

“Transgression Now”. with Charlie Blake. Akademisk kvarter, Vol. 3, 2011, 4-16.

“Kødets fristelser”. Akademisk kvarter, Vol. 1, 2010, 32-38.

“Airport Heterotopia: Le Guin’s Subversive Places”. Language and the Scientific Imagination: Proceedings of the 11th Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), Gaudeamus: Helsinki University Press, 2010.

“Cloverfield’s Monstrosity: Ideology and Terror.” Our Monstrous (S)kin: Blurring the Boundaries Between Monsters and Humanity. Sorcha Ní Fhlainn (ed). Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2010, 195-204.

“Speaking the Undead: Uncanny Aurality in Pontypool. Cinephile, Vol. 6, Nr. 2, 2010, 4-8.

“The Shadow of Grey: Lars von Trier’s Element of Crime“. Fingeraftryk: Studier i krimi og det kriminelle. Kim Toft Hansen & Jørgen Riber Christensen (eds). Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2010, 95-106.

“Intermedial Escape: Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay“. in Interaktioner: Om kunstarternes produktive mellemværender. Peter Stein Larsen; Peder Kaj Pedersen; Ernst-Ullrich Pinkert; Bent Sørensen (eds). Aalborg : Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2009, 37-58.

“The “Rat” in Fraternity: China Mieville’s King Rat.” Marvellous Fantasy. Jørgen Riber Christensen (ed). Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2009, 107-124.

The Truth of the Word, the Falsity of the Image : Transmetropolitan’s Critique of the Society of the Spectacle. / Christiansen, Steen Ledet.
Elective Affinities: Testing Word and Image Relationships. red. / Catriona MacLeod; Véronique Plesch; Charlotte Schoell-Glass. Amsterdam/New York : Rodopi, 2009. s. 147-158 (Word and Image Interactions, Vol. 6).

“Written in Skin: Suicidegirls”. Nordlit, Nr. 24, 2009, 45-52.

“Amerikanske Utopier: utopiens brug i Hollywood og amerikanske independent film”. Boeygen, Vol. 18, Nr. 2, 2006, 47-54.

“Continuity Breach: The British Revision of the American Superhero”. Cultural Text Studies 2: Transatlantic. Camelia Elias & Andrea Birch (eds). Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2006, 109-132.

“Hollywood as Cultural Text”. Cultural Text Studies 1: An Introduction. Camelia Elias & Bent Sørensen (eds). Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2006, 171-186.

“Transtextuality, Paranoia, and Apophenia in Pattern Recognition“. Cultural Text Studies 1: An Introduction. Camelia Elias & Bent Sørensen (eds). Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2006, 229-242.

“Why I Have Never Seen Derrida”. 5 Faces of Derrida. Bent Sørensen (ed). Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2005, 23-29.

“Adapting Emotions in The Hours.” in Open Windows: Remediation Strategies in Global Film Adaptations. Kyle Nicholas & Jørgen Riber Christensen (eds). Aalborg : Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2005, 79-95.

“The Postmodern Fantastic”. in Anglo Files. Journal of English Teaching, Nr. 135, 2005, 62-67.

“Of Questions and Positions: Or, What Does It Mean to Theorize Media?”. in Culture, Media, Theory, Practice: Perspectives. Ben Dorfman (ed). Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag, 2004, 225-233.https://muse.jhu.edu/article/716605


“Unsettling Temporalities in Dark.” ICFA 40. Orlando.

“Shock, Wonder, and Estrangement: Genre and Atmosphere”. The Place fo the Cognitive in Literary Studies network meeting, May 25, 2018, Oslo.

“Post-Cinema’s Modes of Thought”. The Ends of Cinema, May 3-5, Center for 21st Century Studies, Milwaukee.

“Weirding the Outside: The OA and the New Weird”. ICFA 39. March 14-17, Orlando.

“The Morph-Image: Five Theses on Post-Cinema”. Moving Image and Philosophy. Porto, July 7-8, 2017.

“Dancing With Robots”. NECS, Paris, June 29-July 1, 2017.

“Digital Skin”. NAAS American Colors, Odense, May 22-24, 2017.

Hardcore Henry and the Post-Cinematic Camera-Eye.” Cinema is Dead, Alphaville conference, Cork, May 18-19, 2017.

“Weird Media Ecologies” for SCMS. 2017. Chicago, Il.

“Sounds of Futures Past: Materiality, Hauntology, Affect” for How to Do Things with Art. 2015. Aalborg, DK.

“Action Movies’ Worlding” for Affect Theory WTF. 2015. Lancaster, PA.

“Lines of Force, Lines of Flight: Action Movies in the 21st Century for the Danish Association for English Studies. 2015. Sandbjerg.

“The Drone Rhythms of Edge of Tomorrow for Rhythm Seminar. IRGIC 2015. Aalborg.

“The Suffering Body: Lars von Trier’s Antichrist“. Lars von Trier workshop, Aalborg 2015.

“Drone Bodies”. ICFA. Orlando 2015.

“Things Gone Wild: The Movie Camera in the Drone Age”. SCMS conference. Seattle 2014.

“How to write about the beautiful”. Making Bodies workshop. Århus 2013.

“The Nova Trilogy and Contagion Theory”. European Beat Studies conference. Aalborg 2013.

“Textures of Time in Tony Scott’s Deja Vu. Texture in Film conference. St. Andrews 2013.

“Minor cinema og det post-filmiske: Darren Aronofskys Requiem for a Dream”. Nya perspektiv på film och modernism conference, Stockholm 2012.

“Suburban Apocalypse”. The End IRGIC seminar. Aalborg 2012.

“Things Come Alive”. Monsters conference. Aalborg 2011.

“Screen Spectrality”. Ghosts and the Spectral IRGIC seminar. Aalborg 2011.

“Clint Eastwood”. Cultural Traffic IRGIC seminar. Aalborg 2010.

“Tom Waits’ Bone Machine“. IGA conference. Lancaster 2009.

“Intermedial Escape: Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Intermediality seminar, Aalborg 2009.

“The Specter of Falling”. English Studies conference. Pittsburgh 2009.

“Traumatic Time Travels”. ICFA. Orlando 2009.

“Written on the Body: The Suicide Girls’ Difference and Transgression”. Cultural Productions and Negotation of Borders. Tromsø 2008.

“Ideological Fission: Cloverfield and Terrorism”. Monsters and the Monstrous conference. Oxford 2008.

“David Bowie’s Hauntology”. Uncanny Media conference. Utrecht 2008.

“Soft Machines and the Design of Perception.” The Word Become Flesh Nordic Summer University, winter session. Copenhagen 2008.

“What is the future?”. Negotiating the Future talk. Oslo 2007.

“Genre as a Space of Possibles”. PhD Vita opening talk. Aalborg 2006.

“Cultural Text Studies”. Book series launch lecture, Aalborg 2006.

“The Truth of the Word, the Falsity of the Image”. Elective Affinities, Word and Image Studies, Philadelpia 2005.

“Cyborgs and Posthumans: The Slipstream of Theory”. ICFA Fort Lauderdale, 2005.

“The Sign Function in Science Fiction”. NAES Conference, Århus 2004.

“‘Sometimes it’s only madness that makes us who we are'”. ESSE Conference, Zaragoza 2004.

“The Dissemination of Science Fiction.” PhD Workshop, Tromsøe 2004.

“The Passion of the Christ as the ultimate action film”. Guiest lecture. Aalborg.


Work email: steen(a)cgs.aau.dk

My work address:
Kroghstraede 3, office 2.220
9220 Aalborg, Denmark