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About Birgitta Steene

Birgitta Steene is professor emerita in cinema studies and Scandinavian literature at the University of Washington and has also been a professor in the film department at Stockholm University.

Articles by Birgitta Steene

This week’s World Forum for Democracy 2017 editors

Georgios Kolliarakis

Georgios Kolliarakis political scientist, is a senior researcher at the University of Frankfurt.

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Introducing this week’s theme: Media, parties and populism.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Ingmar Bergman and Sweden: an epoch’s end

The great film and theatre director was at the heart of Sweden's cultural life for more than five decades, but Ingmar Bergman's relationship with his homeland was conflictual as well as intimate. Birgitta Steene, the world's leading authority on Bergman's work, tracks this long journey.

(This article was first published on 6 August 2007)

Astrid Lindgren’s legacy

The imaginative landscape of Pippi Longstocking's creator encompassed a profound social commitment. On the centenary of Astrid Lindgren's birth, Birgitta Steene reflects on a Swedish writer who made an exceptional contribution to literature and public life in her homeland yet who belongs also to the world.

The Swedish cartoon: art as provocation

The depiction of a "roundabout dog" with a Muslim-related theme has inflamed public passions in Sweden. At the heart of a kaleidoscope of issues is the artist's responsibility, says Birgitta Steene.

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