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Jono Van Belle

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


Phone: +46 19 301265

Room: F3102

About Jono Van Belle

Jono Van Belle is Senior Lecturer in the department of Media- and Communication Studies at the School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. She earned her joint PhD in Communication and Cinema Studies at Ghent University and Stockholm University in 2019.


Jono’s current research is within the field of new cinema history. This field focuses on the social and cultural dimensions of cinema-going rather than films or auteurs. In her PhD, Jono Van Belle argued that the radical move away from film texts and authors has obscured their relevance in audience experiences within the new cinema history studies strand. Using the case of Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman, this dissertation first re-integrated the text and auteur into historical reception studies. Second, making use of audience interviews, the dissertation has re-written Bergman's canonical position through these audience accounts.

Other research interests include: memory studies, audience reception studies, feminism, emotions and affect.

Jono Van Belle currently works on the project Swedish Cinema and Everyday Life: A study of cinema-going in its peak and decline, headed by Åsa Jernudd. The purpose of the project is to further our knowledge of cinema as part of everyday life in 1950s and 1960s Sweden and to deepen our understanding about how cinema-going is remembered as woven into the fabric of everyday life. One objective of the study is to understand what is specific to experiences of cinema-going in the region of Bergslagen. Another objective involves collaborating with The National Library in digitalizing and making assessable visual and textual evidence of cinema exhibition. A third objective aims at collecting video-recordings of memories of audience’s experiences of cinema-going at this time in Bergslagen and to perform a triangulated analysis to understand the experience of cinema audiences when cinema-going was routine and ordinary as well as of its period of decline. The final objective concerns how this project can contribute to the further understanding of the nature of gendered cinema memory.
The project will record and make available an important cultural heritage. It will offer a fresh perspective on canonized film history by providing a history of cinema-going from below. Furthermore, by combining ethnographic methods and archival research, the study will open up new perspectives on the relationship between institutional contexts of film consumption and audience memories of cinema-going.

Background and Community Outreach/Collaboration

Jono Van Belle has a technical background in film-making. She has worked as a television reporter for the nationally acclaimed television program Man Bijt Hond in Belgium, as an editor for news and sports at the Belgian public broadcaster VRT, and as producer Creative and Design at the transnational corporation Viacom (at MTV). Van Belle still cooperates regularly on short film projects as writer, director, and editor.

Van Belle is also an editorial board member at the academic journal Tijdschrift voor Skandinavistiek.


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