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Carl Theodor Dreyer’s films topic for BYU Scandinavian Studies lecture March 30

Claire Thomson, head of the Department of Scandinavian Studies at University College London, will deliver the annual Loftur Bjarnason lecture Wednesday, March 30, at 3 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building at Brigham Young University.

Thomson’s lecture will be titled “Of Bridges, Boulders and Bacteria: Cultures of Nature and Technology in Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Short Films for Dansk Kulturfilm, 1942–1954” and is sponsored by Scandinavian Studies and the Center for the Study of Europe at the David M. Kennedy for International Studies.

Her research centers on post-humanist theory and ecocriticism in cinematic and literary contexts. She is the director of Norvik Press, editor for “Scandinavica,” and organizes the optional modules Cinema and Nation and Nordic Cinema for the master's degree in film studies. She most recently edited “Northern Constellations: New Readings in Nordic Cinema,” and several of her works on Nordic and Scottish literature and film have appeared in various books and journals.

Previously, Thomson was acting director of the graduate program in film studies and lectured in Scandinavian studies at the University of East Anglia for four years before joining UCL as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in 2004, in connection with the “Identities and Culture in Europe since 1945” research program.

Thomson received an master's degree in modern European languages and European Union studies, a master's degree in the practice and theory of translation and a doctorate in Scandinavian studies from the University of Edinburgh.

This lecture will be archived at For more information, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652 or

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Writer: Mel Gardner


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