Background and activities

Professor of visual culture in the Department of Art and Media Studies, leader of the Media, Data, Museums research group. Nina was educated in the UK, where she studied photography and multimedia at BA level, before obtaining an MA and a PhD in the history of art at Birkbeck, University of London. A recurring topic of research is how photographic technologies and practices persist in the digitized materials of online archives. Her book Picture Research: The Work of Intermediation from Pre-Photography to Post-Digitization, on the role of the picture industry in the long history of digitization from the 1830s to the 2010s, is forthcoming from The MIT Press in 2023.

Course topics on the BA programme in media studies and the MA programme in film and media studies include media theory and media culture, research design and theoretical approaches, as well as visual culture.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications


  • Maxwell, Richard; Raundalen, Jon; Vestberg, Nina Lager. (2015) Media and the ecological crisis. Routledge. 2015. ISBN 978-0-415-70923-1.
  • Vestberg, Nina Lager; Dahlgren, Anna; Petersson, Dag. (2013) Representational Machines: Photography and the Production of Space. Aarhus Universitetsforlag. 2013. ISBN 9788771241655.

Part of book/report

  • Maxwell, Richard; Raundalen, Jon; Vestberg, Nina Lager. (2015) Media Ecology Recycled. Media and the ecological crisis.
  • Vestberg, Nina Lager. (2013) The photographic image in digital archives. The Photographic Image in Digital Culture.