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Johan Nilsson

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


Phone: +46 19 303622

Room: F3131

Johan Nilsson

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About Johan Nilsson

Johan Nilsson is a lecturer in media and communication studies/film studies and he is responsible for the three-year undergraduate education, the Film Program. His doctoral dissertation (2011) dealt with satirical film during the 1990s in an American context.



Johan's research has been about the poetics and politics of film satire and it has been tied to American film and popular culture. More recently his focus has shifted to an interest in the intersections between different media and how these can be understood through concepts such as intermediality and transmedia storytelling. His most recent article (2018) explored the workings of intermediality in different stories (film, comic book, videogame) about the Joker. He is currently working on an article about transmedial fostering or education in stories (in different media) about the Swedish comic book character Bamse.



Johan is program director for the film program and teaches several courses within said program.


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Articles in journals |  Articles, book reviews |  Books |  Chapters in books |  Conference papers |  Doctoral theses, monographs | 

Articles in journals

Nilsson, J. (2020). Moments of Intermediality: The Use of Television in Joker Narratives. Convergence. The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 26 (2), 386-401.
Nilsson, J. (2009). American critic: Satire and political discourse in Warren Beatty's Bulworth. American Studies in Scandinavia, 41 (2), 45-59.

Articles, book reviews

Nilsson, J. (2016). Jan Olsson, Hitchcock à la Carte. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2015. American Studies in Scandinavia, 48 (1), 94-97.
Nilsson, J. (2013). Hanne Bruun: Dansk tv-satire: Underholdning med kant. København: Books on Demand GmbH. 2011.. MedieKultur: Journal of Media and Communication Research, 29 (55), 120-123.


Nilsson, J. (2013). American Film Satire in the 1990s: Hollywood Subversion. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chapters in books

Nilsson, J. (2015). Rictus Grins and Glasgow Smiles: The Joker as Satire. In: Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner, The Joker: a serious study of The Clown Prince of Crime. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
Lilja, M. & Nilsson, J. (2010). Poetry in sound and image: Jan Troell's early TV films. In: Mariah Larsson, Anders Marklund, Swedish film: an introduction and reader (pp. 256-262). Lund: Nordic Academic Press.
Lilja, M. & Nilsson, J. (2008). Poesi i ljud och bild: Jan Troell som tv-filmare. In: Tobias Janson, Malin Wahlberg, TV-pionjärer och fria filmare: en bok om Lennart Ehrenborg (pp. 231-237). Stockholm: Statens ljud- och bildarkiv.

Conference papers

Nilsson, J. (2016). Joker TV: Intermedial Configurations and Transgression in Batman: Arkham Asylum. Paper presented at 9th Biennial Conference of the Swedish Association for American Studies, Gothenburg, Sweden, September 30-October 1, 2016.
Nilsson, J. (2016). The Joker as Satire?: A Transmedia Analysis of Joker(ized) Images. Paper presented at 66th Annual International Communication Association Conference, Fukuoka, Japan, June 9-13, 2016.
Nilsson, J. (2016). The Joker: Intermediality, Humor, Transgression. Paper presented at Media and Transgression, Lund, Sweden, March 17, 2016.
Nilsson, J. (2014). Made in Lidköping: Mats Helge Olsson's American Images. Paper presented at Eighth Biennial Conference of the Swedish Association for American Studies, Örebro, September 26-27, 2014.
Nilsson, J. (2012). Dear Hunters: Ecocriticism on YouTube. Paper presented at Ecologies of the Visual Conference, Trondheim, September 6-7, 2012.
Nilsson, J. (2012). Rictus Grins and Glasgow Smiles: The Joker as Satire. Paper presented at Seventh Biennial Conference of the Swedish Association for American Studies, Uppsala, September 20-22, 2012.

Doctoral theses, monographs

Nilsson, J. (2011). Hollywood subversion: American film satire in the 1990s. (Doctoral dissertation). Örebro: Örebro universitet.