I am interested in forms of interaction online, inquiring into the ways habitual, relational practices are forming both the individual and the socio-cultural. My research project "Online Interaction Forms", financed by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR), looks specifically at the affective dimension of interacting in online debate fora. My approach is primarily abductive, departing from the exemplary and symptomatic. It is derived from Alfred Lorenzer’s (1970, 1986) "scenic understanding", a psychosocial method of cultural analysis with a psychoanalytic orientation. Developing this method further, my work seeks to triangulate its psychosocial orientation by critically inquiring into the role of media and mediation in the always incomplete and imperfect processes of subjectification.
My interests extend to the following realms within the field of media and cultural studies:
- communication theory.
- psychosocial theory.
- qualitative methodology (scenic understanding, discourse analysis, media-aesthetic analysis).
- digital culture: online debate fora, social networking sites, critical approaches to participation and convergence cultures as well as user-generated content.
- affect, emotion and feeling in media communication and interaction.
- the roles, functions and meanings of aggression, mourning, humor and other mental states in media communication.
- Digital Culture (MEVIT 1700)
- Media and Cultural Theory (MEVIT 2110)
- MA Project Seminar in Aesthetics (EST 4004)
Krüger, Steffen and Gry Rustad (2017), “Coping with shame in a media-saturated society – The Norwegian web-series Skam as transitional object”, Television and New Media, published online: 22/11/2017.
Krüger, Steffen (2017), “‘Barbarous Hordes, Brutal Elites’ – The Traumatic Structure of Right-Wing Populism”, e-flux, #83, summer 2017.
Krüger, Steffen (2017), “Dropping Depth Hermeneutics into Psychosocial Studies – a Lorenzerian perspective”, The Journal of Psychosocial Studies, 10/1, 47-66.
Krüger, Steffen (2017), “Unable to mourn again? Media(ted) responses to Neo-Nazi terror in Germany”, in: Auestad, L., Shared Traumas, Silent Loss – Public and Private Mourning, Karnac, 2017, pp. 59–76.
Krüger, Steffen and Jacob Johanssen (2016), “Thinking (with) the Unconscious in Media and Communication Studies”, CM: Journal of Communication and Media, 11(38), 2016, 5–40, http://aseestant.ceon.rs/index.php/comman/issue/current/showToc.
Krüger, Steffen (2016), “Understanding Affective Labor Online – a depth-hermeneutic reading of the My 22nd of July webpage”, Ephemera – theory and politics in organisation, special issue: Karppi et al., Affective Capitalism, 16(4), 185-208, http://www.ephemerajournal.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/contribution/16-4kruger.pdf.
Krüger, Steffen (2015), “Pseudonyms in Online Discussion Forums: A Psychosocial Approach”, Seachange – Art, Communication, Technology, 2015, 23–50, http://www.seachangejournal.ca/PDF/2015_Naming/2015_Nommer-Naming-2015.pdf.
Krüger, Steffen (2014). Tiefenhermeneutische Zugänge zur digitalen Moderne, I: Elisabeth Rohr (red.), Inszenierungen des Unbewussten in der Moderne. Marburg: Tectum. ISBN 978-3-205-78896-6. Kapittel 5. s 73 - 100.
Krüger, Steffen & Johanssen, Jacob (2014). "Alienation and Digital Labour - A Depth-Hermeneutic Inquiry into Online Commodification and the Unconscious", tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. ISSN 1726-670X. 12(2), s 632- 647.
Krüger, Steffen (2013). "How far can I make my fingers stretch? – A response to Vivian Sobchack". Free Associations. ISSN 0267-0887. (64), s 104- 131.
Krüger, Steffen (2012). Fresh Brains: Jacques Lacan’s Critique of Ernst Kris’s Psychoanalytic Method in the Context of Kris’s Theoretical Writings. American Imago. ISSN 0065-860X. 69(4), s 507- 542