Leif Ove Larsen




Research groups


Media history; popular comedy and humor; journalism / cultural journalism; media industry and innovation; media and cultural policy; public sphere theory and history.

A major topic of my research is the history of popular culture. I have published several articles in academic journals and anthologies on Norwegian comedy and comedians in film and television, but have also published on Hollywood cinema, genre analyses and theory, and reception history. My most recent project in this area is the history of the major Norwegian film studio of the 20th century, Norsk Film A/S, published in the book Norsk Film A/S. En kulturhistorie (Norwegian Film Studios Ltd. A Cultural History) (2020), in which I contributed with two chapters on the company in the 1950s.

A second topic is cultural journalism and criticism. In 2008 I co-edited (with Karl Knapskog) the book Cultural Journalism. The Press and the Cultural Public Sphere (in Norwegian only). I was co-leader of the NFR-funded research project Journalistic Reorientations: The Online Challenge to Journalistic Ontology (2010-2014), and more recently I participated in a comparative project on Nordic cultural journalism. The result of the project is published in the anthology Cultural Journalism in the Nordic Countries (2017), in which I co-published two articles on cultural journalism in the Norwegian press and on public service broadcasting in the Nordics.

A third area of research interest is the history and functions of the public sphere. This includes study of copyright in the field of documentary production, and an ambitious study of the history of the Norwegian public sphere. Together with colleagues from my Department in Bergen, the comprehensive study was published in Allmennningen. Historien om norsk offentlighet (The Public Space. The history of the public sphere in Norway) (Jostein Gripsrud, ed. 2017). I am the sole author of a chapter on the public spehere during the second world war, but also contributing to several other chapters.

While serving as head of department for ten years (2012-2021) and being a partner in the Bergen Media Cluster, the field of innovation and the recent changes of the media industry has sparked my interest. Currently (2022) I am undertaking a comparative study of European media clusters, with particular regard to the role of the universities / academic partners.






Academic article
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
Academic lecture
Doctoral dissertation
Popular scientific article
Programme participation

See a complete overview of publications in Cristin.

Publications in Cristin 


Selected publications in English



Ana Milojevic og Leif Ove Larsen (2024): "Media-Tech Companies as Agents of Innovation: From Radical to Incremental Innovation in a Cluster" in Media and Communication vol 12. Special issue: Unpacking Innovation and the Locus of Change. http://doi.org/10.17645/mac.7501


Film and Television

"New Voices, New Stories: Migrant Cinema and Television in Norway" in Bondebjerg, Redvall & Higson (eds): European Cinema and television. Cultural Policy and Everyday Life (2015)

"Avant-garde comedy and populism: the star image of comedian Rolv Wesenlund" in S´Tytti Soila (ed): Stellar Encounters. Stardom in Popular European Cinema (2009)




Two peices in Nete Nørgaard Kristensen & Kristine Riegert (eds): Cultural Journalism in the Nordic Countries (2017):

  • "Cultural Rebels, Popular Journalism and Niche Journalism in Norway", co-authored with Jan Fredrik Hovden og Silje Nygaard
  • "What is Cultural News good for? Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish cultural journalism in public service organisations",  co-authored with Heikki Hellman, Kristina Riegert, Andreas Widholm & Silje Nygaard

"The Future of Interpretative Journalism" in Eide, Sjøvaag & Larsen (eds): Journalism Re-examined. Digital Challenges and Professional Reorientations (2016


On the Public Sphere

"1940-1945: Erfaringer med det totalitære" kap.6 i Jostein Gripsrud (red): Allmenningen. Historien om norsk offentlighet (2017)

"Documentary in a Culture of Clearance: A Study of Knowledge of and Attitudes Toward Copyright and Fair Use among Norwegian Documentary Makers" in Popular Communication (no 1:2010). Co-authored with Torgeir Nærland