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Jakob Nilsson

Title: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences


Phone: +46 19 301290

Room: F3130

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About Jakob Nilsson

Jakob Nilsson is Assistant Professor in Film Studies/Media and Communications. Research interests include film as thought/theory/philosophy, Deleuze, theory-driven video art, and film/video as charts of causal mechanisms concerning global capitalism and the Anthropocene/Capitalocene.


Jakob has published articles most recently in

  • Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy
  • Journal of Aesthetics & Culture (x 2)
  • Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image
  • Cinema & Cie. International Film Studies Journal
  • Theory, Culture & Society
  • He has a chapter in Screen Ethics and Global Politics, eds. Lucy Bolton, David Martin-Jones, Robert Sinnerbrink, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2020.
  • He is the co-editor (with Sven-Olov Wallenstein) of Foucault, Biopolitics, and Governmentality, Huddinge: Södertörn Philosophical Studies, 2013.

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Jakob is program co-director for the film program at Örebro University in which he primarily teaches. He has also taught film studies, aesthetics, and philosophy at Linnaeus University, Stockholm University, Södertörn University, and The Royal Institute of Art.


External Research Grants

  • Three-year research grant for the project “Modern Essay Films as Thought-Maps of Globalization”, by the Swedish Research Council. 2015-2018.
  • Two-year int. postdoc (Goldsmith) for a project titled “Filmic Concepts in Theory-Driven Contemporary Film”, by the Swedish Research Council. [Which could not in practice be used as it conflicted time-wise with the three-year project listed above.]
  • Grant for travels and equipment for the research project “Filmic Concepts in Theory-Driven Contemporary Film” from Magnus Bergvalls Stiftelse, 2015.
  • Grant for a pilot research project on “Third Cinema as Filmic Thought-Mappings of Globalization from the Perspective of the Global South” from Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse, 2013.

Peer-Reviewer For

  • Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image
  • The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics • Screening the Past
  • New Review of Film and Television Studies
  • Journal of Aesthetics and Culture
  • Södertörn Academic Studies


Conference Papers (Int.) 

  • Cine-Thought Maps of Space in the Capitaloscene: Deleuze, Jameson, and Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea”, presented at the Spiral Film and Philosophy Conference, York University, Toronto, May 11-12, 2018.
  • “Concepts of Concepts Within (and Beyond) Discourses on Film as Philosophy”, presented at the Film-Philosophy Conference, Lancaster University, July 4-6, 2017.
  • “The Bastard Fourth Daughter: Deleuze & the Possibility of Filmic Concepts”, presented at the 8th international Deleuze Studies conference ”Daughters of Chaos: Practice, Discipline, A Life” in Stockholm, June 29–July 1, 2015.
  • “What, They Gonna Study Our Study?”, presented at the 3rd International Deleuze Studies Conference “Connect, Continue, Create”, in Amsterdam, 12–14 July 2010.
  • “Blackness and the Conditions of the New in Moving Images: Turning Away from the ‘Affective Turn’ Towards Time & Thought”, presented at the 2nd International Deleuze Studies Conference: “Transdisciplinary Perspectives” in Cologne, Aug 10-12, 2009.
  • “The Notions of Democracy and Universality in Albert Kahn’s Archival Practices”, presented at the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies-conference in Budapest, Hungary, June 19-21, 2008.



Articles in journals |  Books |  Chapters in books |  Doctoral theses, monographs | 

Articles in journals

Nilsson, J. (2013). Concept-Cognitive Mapping: Third Cinema as Cartography of Global Capitalism. Cinema & Cie. International Film Studies Journal, 13 (20), 87-96.
Nilsson, J. (2008). A Crystal Matter: Virtual Structures and the Search for Belief. Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge (16).


Wallenstein, S. (ed.) & Nilsson, J. (ed.) (2013). Foucault, Biopolitics, and Governmentality. Huddinge: Södertörns högskola (Södertörn philosophical studies 14).

Chapters in books

Nilsson, J. (2020). Notes on Three Phases in Deleuze’s Thinking on Novelty. In: Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback, Helena Mattsson, Kristina Riegert & Hans Ruin, Material: Filosofi, Estetik, Arkitektur: Festskrift till Sven-Olov Wallenstein (pp. 155-164). Huddinge: Södertörns högskola.

Doctoral theses, monographs

Nilsson, J. (2012). The Untimely-Image: On Contours of the New in Political Film-Thinking. (Doctoral dissertation). Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis.