Background and activities

My PhD project address the question of how Sámi identity markers, such as clothing, residence and lifestyle, contribute to establish, consolidate and change notions of cultural identity in the feature films "The Pathfinder" (Nils Gaup, 1987), "Minister of State" (Paul-Anders Simma, 1997), "Bázo" (Lars Göran Pettersson, 2003) and "The Kautokeino Rebellion" (Nils Gaup, 2008).

I have published an article on cultural stereotypes in Sámi film in "Films on Ice" (eds. Scott MacKenzie, Anna Westerståhl Stenport, 2015) and one forthcoming article on identity construction and multicultural Sámi documentaries in "Arctic Cinemas and the Documentary Ethos" (eds. Lilya Kaganovsky, Scott MacKenzie, Anna Westerståhl Stenport, forthcoming 2017).

My cand.philol degree from NTNU holds a thesis in film studies. For several years I have teached film and media studies at the Department for art and media studies at NTNU.

Research field:

  • film and media studies
  • cultural studies
  • visual culture studies

Geographic focus: Scandinavia


  • Norwegian and Sámi film
  • film history
  • history and memory
  • documentary film
  • cultural identity, ethnicity and marginality
  • indigeneity
  • transcultural issues

Scientific, academic and artistic work

Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database

Part of book/report

  • Mecsei, Monica Kim. (2015) Cultural Stereotypes and Negotiations in Sámi Cinema. Films on ice : Cinemas of the Arctic.


  • Mecsei, Monica Kim. (2017) Samisk filmprogram. Samisk filmprogram. Tråante2017 [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] . Cineamteket Oslo; Oslo. 2017-02-05 - 2017-02-06.
  • Mecsei, Monica Kim. (2017) Samiske kontaktsoner. Flerkulturelle stemmer i nyere samisk dokumentar. Samiske filmkulturer . Nasjonalbiblioteket; Oslo. 2017-02-27 - 2017-02-27.
  • Mecsei, Monica Kim; Haugan, Idunn. (2017) Første film på sørsamisk / Derfor er Sameblod en viktig film. Gemini. Forskningsnytt fra NTNU og SINTEF / [Internett]. 2017-03-06.
  • Mecsei, Monica Kim. (2016) "But a comedy should be funny." On laughter and confusion in The Minister of State. Symposium on Arctic Cinema . NTNU; Trondheim. 2016-11-21 - 2016-11-22.
  • Mecsei, Monica Kim. (2015) My Other Tonality. Regaining Sámi identity through yoik. Arctic Cinemas and the Documentary Ethos Conference . University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Urbana-Champaign. 2015-08-27 - 2015-08-29.
  • Mecsei, Monica Kim. (2015) Samisk film og det nasjonale. Diskusjonskveld i Trondheim kunsthall . Trondheim Kunsthall; 2015-09-23 - 2015-09-23.
  • Mecsei, Monica Kim. (2014) Nyere fremstillinger av det samiske. Nyanser, endringer og gjengangere. Nasjonalbibliotekets filmkonferanse 2014: Nye stemmer i norsk filmforskning . Nasjonalbiblioteket; Nasjonalbiblioteket, Oslo. 2014-09-11 - 2014-09-11.
  • Mecsei, Monica Kim. (2014) Samisk film og kolonialt traume. Norsk medieforskerkonferanse 2014 . Norsk medieforskerlag, NTNU; Trondheim. 2014-10-23 - 2014-10-24.
  • Mecsei, Monica Kim. (2013) Negotiating cultural hybridity in visual representations of Sámi culture. NordMedia - PhD-kurs . Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus; Oslo, Norge. 2013-08-11 - 2013-08-13.
  • Mecsei, Monica Kim. (2012) Reframing cultural identity in the North: counter-images from a Sami road movie. Perspectives on the indigenous and the contemporary . Sami Art Research Project; Universitetet i Tromsø. 2012-11-21 - 2012-11-23.
  • Mecsei, Monica Kim. (2012) Sami feature films and Norwegian film politics at the border. Border Aesthetics International Conference . Border Aesthetics research project, UiT; Tromsø. 2012-09-05 - 2012-09-07.
  • Mecsei, Monica Kim. (2011) Locating Sami Landscapes. Landscape conceptions and landscape practices in recent Norwegian feature films. 20th Nordic conference for media and communication research . NordMedia; Akureyri, Island. 2011-08-11 - 2011-08-13.