Dr Kristoffer Noheden
Northern Scholars Visiting Research Fellow, September - November 2019
Home Institution: Stockholm University
Project: Imagination Against Anthropocentrism: Surrealism and Ecology, 1919–2018
Kristoffer Noheden's research engages surrealism across the art forms. His first book, Surrealism, Cinema, and the Search for a New Myth (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), examines post-war surrealist cinema in relation to surrealism's art historical development and increased interest in occultism and myth. He is also the author of a number of articles and book chapters on surrealism in relation to film theory, exhibitions, and politics. His current project is funded by the Swedish Research Council and uncovers a longstanding ecological tendency in surrealism from the movement's inception to the 21st century. Transnational and transdisciplinary, the project proposes that surrealist art, writings, and films, as well as surrealist theory, contain a rarely acknowledged ecological dimension. During his time at the IASH, Noheden will concentrate on completing a monograph chapter on ecology and nature in 1930s French and British surrealism.