Helle Strandgaard Jensen - New Assistant Professor at the Department of History and Classical Studies

Helle Strandgaard Jensen is employed at CAS as of 1 September 2016

04.08.2016 | Camilla Dimke

Helle Strandgaard Jensen received her PhD in History from the European University Institute in 2013. From 2014 to 2016 she was Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at University of Copenhagen. In 2015 she was a Visiting Fellow at Rutgers University and University of Reading.

Helle Strandgaard Jensen’s work focuses on contemporary childhood and media history in Scandinavia, Western Europe and the US after 1945. She combines historical methods with theoretical approaches from childhood studies, cultural studies, and media studies. Her current research project, financed through FKK and the European Commissions’ Marie Curie actions, focuses on the children’s programme Sesame Street and its reception and demarcation in the US, UK, Italy, Scandinavia and Germany. It explores national broadcasters’ roles in the transfer process to show how norms, values and ambivalent feelings about American cultural production, especially vis-à-vis children, were negotiated in diverse cultural contexts.

Since 2015 Helle Strandgaard Jensen has been the co-chair of the working group for ‘Digtital literacy in homes and communities’ in the COST-action DigiLitEY. She is the author of the book From Superman to Social Realism: Children’s Media and Scandinavian Childhood  (in press, John Benjamins). Recent articles include “Parent-Pressure: A History of Parents as Co-Consumers of Children’s Media” (Nordicom REVIEW) and “Doing Media History in a Digital Age: Change and Continuity in Historiographical Practices” (Media, Culture and Society).