Born 1948. Studies at the University of Oslo 1968-1975. Lower degree (cand.mag) 1973 with political science, sociology and studies of Christianity, plus social economics. Higher degree (mag.art) 1975 in sociology with specialization in mass communication and sociology of religion. The dissertation was on "Secularization in the Nordic countries - studied through programs on church and religion in radio and tv" (in Norwegian).
Practice as journalist during study years. Editor of the church weekly "Vår Kirke" 1975-80. Research fellow in sociology of religion 1980-85 at The department of sociology, University of Oslo with a dissertation for the degree of dr.philos on "The collectivity of faith. A sociological study of processes of dissolution in the Norwegian folk church" (1986, in Norwegian). During these years the Norwegian participant in a comparative research project on religious changes in the Nordic countries 1930-1980.
Researcher on local media 1985-86 at the Institute of press research, University of Oslo. Associate professor in mass communication studies from 1987, into the new Department of media and communication that same year. Head of department 1990–1995. Active in the department's cooperation with the University of Zimbabwe on media studies and media research 1990-98. Chair, National Council for Media Studies. Appointed professor of media studies at the University of Oslo 1998.
Founding director of InterMedia, University of Oslo 1998-2004, an interdisciplinary research center on design, communication and learning in digital environments. During these years, chair of the flexible learning program and chair of the strategic university program on ‘Competence and Media Convergence’ (CMC), University of Oslo; chair/board member of the program on Social and Cultural Preconditions for ICT (SKIKT) and the follow-up program on ‘Communication, ICT, Media’ (KIM) at the Research Council of Norway as well as member of the ICT Forum of the Research Council.
Research leave 2004-2006. Guest researcher at UC Berkeley, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Edinburgh, University of Stirling, Gregorian University in Rome and University of Salzburg. Former guest research periods also at London School of Economics & Political Science and at the University of Leicester. Member of the International Council, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) 1992-2000.
Member of the research program on Changing Media – Changing Europe by the European Science Foundation 1999-2004. Participant in the international research community on Media, Religion, and Culture since its inception in 1993.
Since July 2006 back at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo as Professor of Media Studies. Since 2009 Head of Research at the department.
I directed the international research project on MEDIATIZED STORIES. Mediation perspectives on digital storytelling among youth funded by the Research Council of Norway (2006-2011).
I was the Norwegian coordinator of the NordForsk research network on Mediatization of religion and culture (2006-2010) and participate in the continued Nordic Network on Media and Religion. I coordinate the research group on Media and Religion in the research network on Religion in Pluralist Societies (PluRel) at the University of Oslo.
Undervisnings- og veiledningsområder
Mediatization of religion.
Media, religion and culture.
Digital environments and digital storytelling.
Pågående og planlagte forskningsprosjekter ved IMK
MEDIATIZATION OF COMMUNICATION. Editor of the handbook with this title to become vol. 21 in the forthcoming Handbooks of Communication Science to be published by De Gruyter Mouton.
NOREL "The role of religion in the Public Sphere. A Comparative Study of the Five Nordic Countries" - funded by NOS-HS (participate with research on Media and religion).
Chair of the board, Centre for Church Research KIFO (2005–2010)
Lundby, Knut. 'Patterns or belonging in online/offline interfaces of religion', Information, Communication & Society 2011
Lundby, Knut. 'Mediatizing Faith: Digital Storytelling on the Unspoken', in Bailey, Michael and Redden, Guy (eds) Mediating Faiths. Religion and Socio-Cultural Change in the Twenty-First Century. Farnham: Ashgate 2011
Lundby, Knut. 'Religion og medier – fortellinger og fortegninger', Kirke og kultur 2011: 116(1): 5-17.
Hepp, Andreas; Hjarvard, Stig and Lundby, Knut. 'Mediatization – Empirical perspectives: An introduction to a special issue', Communications: the European Journal of Communication Research 2010: 35(3): 223-228.
Lundby, Knut. 'Nordisk forskning om medier og religion. En analyse basert på Nordicoms publikasjonsdatabase', i Broddason, Þorbjörn; Kivikuru, Ullamaija; Tufte, Birgitte; Weibull, Lennart and Østbye, Helge (eds) Norden och världen. Perspektiv från forskningen om medier och kommunikation. Göteborg: Göteborgs Universitet 2010.
Lundby, Knut. 'Medier som ressurs for religion', i Botvar, Pål Ketil og Schmidt, Ulla (red) Religion i dagens Norge. Mellom sekularisering og sakralisering. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget 2010.
Lundby, Knut. 'Medier overalt', i Frønes, Ivar og Kjølsrød, Lise (red) Det norske samfunn. 6. utgave. Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk 2010.
Lundby, Knut (ed.) Mediatization: Concept, Changes, Consequences. New York: Peter Lang 2009
Lundby, Knut. 'The Matrices of Digital Storytelling: Examples from Scandinavia', in Hartley, John and Kelly McWilliam (eds) Story Circle. Digital Storytelling Around the World. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 2009.
Lundby, Knut (ed.) Digital Storytelling, Mediatized Stories: Self-representations in New Media. New York: Peter Lang 2008
Lundby, Knut. 'Editorial: mediatized stories: mediation perspectives on digital storytelling'. New Media & Society 2008: 10(3): 363-371
Lundby, Knut and Hovi-Wasastjerna, Päivi. 'Virtual' and 'Flexible' University Learning: Comparative Convergent Strategies for Communication Practices. In Convergence and Fragmentation. Media Technology and the Information Society. Bristol: Intellect.
Kaare, Birgit Hertzberg and Lundby, Knut. The "Power of Configuration" in Digital Storytelling. In Storytelling - Reflections in the Age of Digitalization. innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press 2008
Lundby, Knut. 'Mediation Between Competence and Convergence', in Storsul, Tanja and Dagny Stuedahl (eds) Ambivalence Towards Convergence. Digitalization and Media Change. Göteborg: Nordicom, 2007.
Lundby, Knut. 'Interdisciplinarity and Infrastructure. Mediation and Knotworking in Communication Research'. Nordicom Review 2007: 28 (Jubilee Issue): 195–210.
Lundby, Knut. ’The global mover’ [on Kristen Nygaard] , in Fjuk, Annita; Amela Karahasanovic and Jens Kaasbøll (eds.) Comprehensive Object-Oriented Learning: The Learner's Perspective. Santa Rosa, California: Informing Science Press 2006.
Lundby, Knut. 'Contested Communication. Mediating the Sacred.' In Sumiala-Seppänen, Johanna; Knut Lundby, and Raimo Salokangas (eds.) Implications of the Sacred in (Post)Modern Media. Göteborg: Nordicom 2006.
Lundby, Knut. ’Mediefeltet – kampen om oppmerksomhet’, i Frønes, Ivar og Lise Kjølsrød (red.) Det norske samfunn. Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk. 5. utgave 2005.
Lundby, Knut (red.) Flyt og forførelse. Fortellinger om IKT. Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk 2003.
Lundby, Knut. ’Between American Televangelism and African Anglicanism’, in Hoover, Stewart M. and Lynn Schofield Clark Practicing Religion in the Age of the Media. Explorations in Media, Religion, and Culture. New York: Columbia University Press 2002.
Lundby, Knut. and Daniel Dayan. ‘Mediascape missionaries? Notes on religion as identity in a local African setting’, International Journal of Cultural Studies 1999; 2(3): 398-417.
Longing and Belonging. Media and the Identity of Anglicans in a Zimbabqwean Growth Point. Report no. 34, Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo.1998.
Hoover, Stewart M. and Knut Lundby (eds.) Rethinking Media, Religion, and Culture. Thousand Oaks: Sage 1997 (with chapter on ‘The Web of Collective Representations’).
Lundby, Knut. ‘Media, religion and democratic participation: community communication in Zimbabwe and Norway’, Media, Culture & Society 1997; 19(1): 29–45.
Lundby, Knut and Knut-Arne Futsæter. Flerkanalsamfunnet. Fra monopol til mangfold. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget
Lundby, Knut. Mediekultur. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget 1993.