Background and activities

Professor of film studies.

Professor II Department for Culture and Literature, The Artic University of Norway.

Research interests are popular cinema, film violence, ethics and adaptation.

Gjelsvik has written extensively in Norwegian, her most central works being her book on film and violence, Bad and Beautiful (Vondt og vakkert, Vold i audiovisuelle medier, Høyskoleforlaget, 2007), and that on film criticism, Eyes of Darkness: Film Criticism, Analysis and Judgements (Mørkets Øyne. Filmkritikk, analyse og vurdering, Universitetsforlaget, 2002).

Her latest publications are Hva er film (Universtetsforlaget, 2013) Women of Ice and Fire. Gender, Game of Thrones and Multiple Media Engagments, forthcoming on Bloomsbury 2016. 

She has edited several anthologies, among these are Adaptations Studies. New Challenges. New Directions (Bloomsbury, 2013)  (together with Jørgen Bruhn and Eirik Frisvold Hanssen) and and Clint Eastwood's Iwo Jima (together with Rikke Schubart).

She has also written articles for Word & image, Kultur og Klasse, Norsk Medietidsskrift, and contributed to international anthologies, such as The Epic film in World Culture (ed Robert Burgoyne, Routledge 2010), and War Isn't Hell, It's Entertainment: Essays on Visual Media and the Representation of Conflict (ed Rikke Schubart, MacFarland 2009).

Gjelsvik is member of the board at Faculty of Humanities and the board of NorSIS (Nordic Society for Intermedial Studies)

Anne Gjelsvik was chief editor of the Norwegian media journal Norsk Medietidsskrift from 2002 until 2006 and chair of the board of the Norwegian Association for Media Researchers.

She has taught courses for teachers and journalists and is often interviewed by Norwegian newspapers, radio, and television on diverse topics related to American cinema. In 2007 she was awarded The Norwegian Association for Media Researchers’ Award for Communication.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • Gjelsvik, Anne. (2017) Facing the Terror: Remembrance and Apprehension in the Aftermath of Terror Attacks. The case of the Norwegian 2011 Attacks in art and media. An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Cultural Memory: Memory, Nation, Race . University of St. Andrews; St. Andrews. 2017-05-25 - 2017-05-26.
  • Gjelsvik, Anne. (2017) Facing trauma. Cinematic Closeness and Ethical Encounters. Empathies 11th SLSA-eu Conference . European Conference. Society of Literature, Science and the; Basel. 2017-06-21 - 2017-06-24.
  • Gjelsvik, Anne. (2017) Hva ser en humanistisk medieforsker når hun ser Game of Thrones?. Symposium om Humaniorameldingen . Kunnskapsdepartementet; Oslo. 2017-03-22 - 2017-03-22.
  • Gjelsvik, Anne; Cumming, Torr. (2017) Icebreakers - Visionary men and the visualization of climate change. Ekfrase: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Visuell Kultur. vol. 7.


  • Gjelsvik, Anne; Schubart, Rikke. (2016) Women of Ice and Fire. Gender, Game of Thrones and Multiple Media Engagements. Bloomsbury Academic. 2016. ISBN 9781501302893.


  • Gjelsvik, Anne; Bruhn, Jørgen; Andersson, Robert. (2015) Corners of Crime. The Wire and America's Dark corners : Critical Essays.





  • Gjelsvik, Anne. (2010) Black Blood - There Will Be Blood. The Epic Film in World Culture.


  • Gjelsvik, Anne. (2009) "Tell Me That Wasn’t Fun” – Watching the Battle Scenes in Master & Commander With a Smile on Your Face. War Isn't Hell It's Entertainment.


  • Gjelsvik, Anne. (2008) "Falle ned og sitte stille. Mannsbildet i Jim Jarmuschs Broken Flowers". Filmanalytiske tradisjoner.


  • Gjelsvik, Anne. (2007) Vondt og vakkert. Vold i audiovisuelle medier. Cappelen Damm Høyskoleforlaget. 2007. ISBN 978-82-7634-762-3.


  • Gjelsvik, Anne. (2004) Fiksjonsvoldens etiske betydninger - en studie av vurderinger av vold i amerikansk fiksjonsfilm. 2004. ISBN 82-471-6546-5.


  • Gjelsvik, Anne. (2003) I want you to hit me as hard as you can, - David Finchers Fight Club. Made in America (redaktører Heidi Jørgensen og Rikke Schubart).


  • Gjelsvik, Anne. (2002) Mørkets øyne. Filmkritikk, vurdering og analyse. Universitetsforlaget. 2002. ISBN 82-15-00094-0.