Helge Rønning

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Background

Born in Oslo, Norway. 1943. Norwegian matriculation exam. Oslo Katedralskole. 1962. Studies at the University of Oslo, 1963-71. Ending with a Magistergrad in Comparative literature, topic of dissertation: Nigerian Novels and Social Change. Supporting subjects for the degree: English literature and language, Nordic literature and languages. Studies in literature and philosophy at Brandeis University, Mass. USA. 1964-65. Studies in anthropology and African Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies. London University 1968-69. Research assistant and research fellow in The Department of Comparative Literature University of Oslo 1972-1980. Lecturer and later Senior Lecturer in The Department of Nordic Literature and Languages. UofO.1980-87. Professor in The Department of Media and Communication. UofO. from 1987- .

Research and scholarly work at the University of Ibadan, 1976 and 1978. Visiting scholar at The University of California, Santa Barbara. 1987. Research and scholarly work at the University of Zimbabwe several times since 1988. Scholarly work and Research in Mozambique 1996 - 1998. 2004 - 2006. Leader of a number of research projects particularly in the area of Media and Development and Media and Democratic Change.

Reporter and editor with Norwegian radio and television on a free-lance basis. Editor and reader with Norwegian publishers. Editor of the journals Kontrast and Samtiden 1969-1979, 1979-1989. Reviewer for the Norwegian daily newspaper Dagbladet 1978 - 1998. President of Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers and Translators Union 1994 -1996. Member of the Programe council for TV2 1994 - 1998. Acting Executive Director of the Nordic-SADC Journalism Centre, Maputo. 1996. Member of the Norwegian Public Service Broadcasting Council. 1996 -2004. Member of the the Government Commission on Freedom of Expression 1996- 1999. Chairman of the Board of the Ibsen Centre, University of Oslo Chairman of The Government's Committee for Development Politicies 2003 - 2005. Chairman of the Board of the Norwegian Reprographic Rights Organisations, Kopinor 1998 - . Member of the National Ibsen Commitee 1998 - .

Published numerous articles on literary, social, political, media and cultural topics in Norwegian, Scandinavian, European and American journals and newspapers. Published and contributed to several books on politics, literature, media and cultural topics in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, UK, Portugal, US, Zimbabwe, Mozambique.

Teaching and tutoring

Textual analaysis of fim and TV; Adaptation; Media and Literature; Cultural Studies; News analysis and International Journalism; Media and Democracy; Media and Development; Freedom of Expression; Intellectual Property Rights and the Media; Media Theory.

Special fields

Film and TV analysis; News Analysis; Democratic developments and Media; Globalisation Theory; Media and Development, African Media; Freedom of Expression; Copyright in the Media; Cultural Studies; The book as a Medium; Cultural Politics; Media and Literature.

Ongoing and planned research projects

Media and Democratic Change - Southern Africa, (end 2007) Globalisation and Marginalisation in Communication Systems (end 2007) Communication, Control and Convergence.

Tags: Media and communication, Media aesthetics, Freedom of speech and democracy in the media

Publications

  • Rønning, Helge (2022). Ibsen’s Life and Works: What is the Connection? A Review of Evert Sprinchorn Ibsen’s Kingdom. The Man and his Works. Ibsen Studies. ISSN 1502-1866. 22(1), p. 89–98. doi: 10.1080/15021866.2022.2063981. Full text in Research Archive
  • Rønning, Helge (2021). Public and Private Power and Conflicts in the Dramas of Henrik Ibsen. In Øverland, Fartein Thorsen (Eds.), A Lifetime Dedicated to Norwegian Language and Literature . Presa Universitară Clujeană. ISSN 978-606-37-1027-8. p. 47–55.
  • Rønning, Helge (2020). What is a full life? reflections on ibsen and literary biography, and on Sverre Mørkhagen’s Ibsen: … “Den Mærkelige Mand”. Ibsen Studies. ISSN 1502-1866. 20(2), p. 269–282. doi: 10.1080/15021866.2020.1823627.
  • Rønning, Helge (2020). Constitutional referendums and the media in Africa: Reporting the aborted referendum in Tanzania ‐ 2015 . Journal of African Media Studies. ISSN 2040-199X. 12(3), p. 301–317. doi: 10.1386/jams_00026_1.
  • Orgeret, Kristin & Rønning, Helge (2020). Political communication in East Africa: an introduction. Journal of African Media Studies. ISSN 2040-199X. 12(3), p. 231–240. doi: 10.1386/jams_00021_2.
  • Rønning, Helge & Iversen, Irene (2017). Litteraturhistorikeren, En litterær veiviser. Kritikeren, litteraturhistorikeren og forfatteren Willy Dahl 90 år. Bodoni forlag. ISSN 978-82-7128-891-4. p. 104–112.
  • Rønning, Helge (2016). Henrik Ibsen and the Paradoxical Drama of Modernity. Images, Imagini, Images. Journal of Visual and Cultural Studies. ISSN 2247-7950. 2016(6), p. 11–27.
  • Rønning, Helge (2016). How Much “Soft Power” Does China Have in Africa? In Zhang, Xiaoling; Wasserman, Herman & Mano, Winston (Ed.), China's media and soft power in Africa: Promotion and perceptions. Palgrave Macmillan. ISSN 978-1-137-54565-7. doi: 10.1057/9781137539670_5.
  • Rønning, Helge (2016). On Press Freedom and Other Media Freedoms. In Carlsson, Ulla (Eds.), Freedom of Expression and Media in Transition. Studies and Reflections in the Digital Age. Nordicom. ISSN 978-91-87957-22-2. p. 43–53.
  • Rønning, Helge (2015). Forbud mot det vi ikke liker? - Ytringsfrihetens grenser. In Holst, Cathrine; Stjernø, Steinar & Bernt, Jan Fridthjof (Ed.), Rett og politikk: nye perspektiver på demokratiets forutsetninger, utforming og grenser. Pax Forlag. ISSN 9788253037905. p. 304–315.
  • Rønning, Helge (2015). Sublimation leads to sublime drama. Or, if you don’t have sex you may become a great writer. Ibsen Studies. ISSN 1502-1866. 15(1), p. 103–109. doi: 10.1080/15021866.2015.1099871.
  • Rønning, Helge (2015). Reflections on elections in a dominant party state. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies. ISSN 0256-0054. 36(1), p. 149–155. doi: 10.1080/23743670.2015.1008183.
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). O papel dos mídias na promoção de direitos humanos: uma perspectiva global. In Macamo, Elisio (Eds.), Acesso à Informação. IBIS Moçambique. p. 61–68.
  • Rønning, Helge & Slaatta, Tore (2013). Makt og endring i den litterære institusjon. In Smidt, Jofrid Karner; Vold, Tonje & Oterholm, Knut (Ed.), Litteratursosiologiske perspektiv. Universitetsforlaget. ISSN 978-82-15-02097-6. p. 93–117.
  • Rønning, Helge (2013). Freedom of Expression is not a Given Right. Nordicom Information. ISSN 0349-5949. 35(3-4), p. 1–14.

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  • Rønning, Helge & Slaatta, Tore (2020). Ambitious Literary Policies: International Perspectives. International Publishers Association. Den norske forleggerforening. ISBN 978-82-692022-0-5. 87 p.
  • Rønning, Helge & Slaatta, Tore (2019). The Tools of Literary Politics. The Norwegian Model. Scandinavian Academic Press. ISBN 978-82-304-0242-9. 152 p.
  • Slaatta, Tore; Rønning, Helge & Slaatta, Tore (2019). Litteraturpolitikkens verktøykasse. Den norske modellen. Pax forlag. ISBN 978-82-530-4121-6. 147 p.

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  • Rønning, Helge; Slaatta, Tore & Larsen, Håkon (2022). European book laws as cultural policy: Explaining national differences in fixed price regulation.
  • Rønning, Helge (2021). Dante på film og fjernsyn.
  • Rønning, Helge & Slaatta, Tore (2021). En norsk boklov bør omfatte alle formater. Morgenbladet. ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Rønning, Helge (2021). Et minne om en avreise. Om Abdulrazak Gurnah. Klassekampen. ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Rønning, Helge & Slaatta, Tore (2021). Gjensyn med Ways of Seeing. Klassekampen. ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Rønning, Helge (2021). Eit land av halvstuderte røvarar. Dag og Tid. ISSN 0803-334X.
  • Rønning, Helge (2021). Bokkrigane. Dag og Tid. ISSN 0803-334X.
  • Rønning, Helge (2021). Hans død er et tap for Mosambiks demokrati. Om Daviz Simango. Bistandsaktuelt. ISSN 1501-0201.
  • Slaatta, Tore & Rønning, Helge (2021). Teater som teater: Et gjensyn med Ways of Seeing. Norsk Shakespeare Tidsskrift (1998-2001). ISSN 1501-2549. p. 36–50.
  • Rønning, Helge (2020). Pesten i Bergamo. Om I.P. Jacobsens novelle. Dag og Tid. ISSN 0803-334X.
  • Rønning, Helge (2020). Filmskaper fanga i mytar. Fedrico Fellini var ein folkeleg filmskaper som ikke gjekk av vegen for å drite ut autoritetane. Dag og Tid. ISSN 0803-334X.
  • Rønning, Helge (2020). Hva ligger bak den nye opprørskrigen i Nord-Mosambik? Bistandsaktuelt. ISSN 1501-0201.
  • Rønning, Helge (2020). En ny havn for jihadistene. Klassekampen. ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Rønning, Helge & Orre, Aslak Jangård (2020). Et luksushotell i Mosambik. Er det bærekraftig utvikling, Norfund? Bistandsaktuelt. ISSN 1501-0201.
  • Orre, Aslak Jangård & Rønning, Helge (2020). Hvem feilinformerer om Norfund og Mosambik? Bistandsaktuelt. ISSN 1501-0201.
  • Rønning, Helge (2020). En brysom mann. Journalisten Carlos Cardosos kamp mot korrupsjon lever videre. Klassekampen. ISSN 0805-3839.
  • Rønning, Helge (2019). Den unge Frantz Fanon og teatret. Norsk Shakespeare- og teatertidsskrift. ISSN 1503-2310. p. 36–39.
  • Rønning, Helge (2016). Død og modernitet hos Jon Fosse og Henrik Ibsen.
  • Rønning, Helge (2016). International Implications of Norwegian Culture.
  • Rønning, Helge (2016). Henrik Ibsen as an agent of modernization.
  • Rønning, Helge (2016). Are the Social Media really Social.
  • Rønning, Helge (2016). Nordic Media Caught between Public Service and Commercialism.
  • Rønning, Helge (2016). Publishing in a Small European Country.
  • Rønning, Helge (2016). Norwegian Culture in an International Context.
  • Rønning, Helge (2016). The Book – Between Passion and Business.
  • Rønning, Helge & Trond, Andreassen (2016). Faglitteraturstrategen. In Bull, Bernt & Hagtvet, Bernt (Ed.), Samfunnsborgeren. Erik Rudeng 70 år. Pax Forlag. ISSN 978-82-530-3880-3.
  • Rønning, Helge (2016). Engasjement og det dokumentariske dilemma. Om Gillo Pontecorvos film, Kampen om Algier.
  • Rønning, Helge (2016). Chinese Communication Industries in Africa – Soft or Economic Power?
  • Jiang, Fei; Li, Shubo; Rønning, Helge & Tjønneland, Elling Njål (2016). The voice of China in Africa: media, communication technologies and image-building. Chinese Journal of Communication. ISSN 1754-4750. 9(1), p. 1–7. doi: 10.1080/17544750.2016.1141615.
  • Rønning, Helge (2015). Death and Modernity in the works of Jon Fosse and Henrik Ibsen.
  • Rønning, Helge (2015). Chinese Soft Power in Africa – A Critique of a Model.
  • Rønning, Helge (2015). Challenges to Media Studies in Changing Media Landscapes.
  • Rønning, Helge (2015). Media Networks: Global or Local, Civic or Confrontational?
  • Rønning, Helge (2015). Cultural, social and economic importance of copyright and related rights .
  • Rønning, Helge (2015). Access to Information in a Transparent Society.
  • Rønning, Helge (2015). China’s Soft Power, Public Policy and Media Initiatives in Africa.
  • Rønning, Helge & Nygaard, Mads (2015). Publishing in a Small European Country – the Case of Norway.
  • Rønning, Helge (2015). Var går ytrandefrihetens gräns?
  • Rønning, Helge (2015). Implicações do principio de serviço de radiodifusão pública em relação a migração da radiodifusão analogica para o digital.
  • Rønning, Helge (2015). Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson er en stor moderne forfatter. Edda. Nordisk tidsskrift for litteraturforskning. ISSN 0013-0818. p. 254–257.
  • Slaatta, Tore & Rønning, Helge (2015). The book: at what price?
  • Rønning, Helge (2015). Nadine Gordimer (1923–2014). Morgenbladet. ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). Frie samtaler i det offentlige rom: Kan de finne sted?
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). Ytringsfriheten i det frie Norden.
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). The Role of Media in Promoting Human Rights: A Global Perspective. .
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). Elections in African Dominant Party States.
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). About Soft Power and Other Forms of Power. A Critique of a Chinese Adaptation of an American Concept.
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). Nordic Public Service Broadcasting and The Nordic Media System.
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). Is Soft Power a Useful Concept for Understanding Chinese Involvements in African Communication and Media?
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). How much ‘Soft Power’ does China have in Africa?
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). Den redigerende makt.
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). Problematising the Concept of Chinese Soft Power.
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). What does China want and how? A critical reflection on the Chinese conceptualization of soft power.
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). Cultural Industries and the Economies of Creation.
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). Two Modernities – Two Playwrights – Henrik Ibsen and Jon Fosse.
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). Borgerskapets diskret sjarm. Norsk Shakespeare- og teatertidsskrift. ISSN 1503-2310.
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). Så virkelig som på kino. Norsk Medietidsskrift. ISSN 0804-8452. p. 363–367.
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). Brian Winston: A Right To Offend. Ekfrase: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Visuell Kultur. ISSN 1891-5752. p. 51–54.
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). Nadine Gordimer (1923 - 2014). Morgenbladet. ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). Et uærbødig forslag. Morgenbladet. ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Rønning, Helge (2014). En åpen og opplyst offentlig samtale? Morgenbladet. ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Rønning, Helge (2013). Ytringsfrihetskommisjonen 14 år senere. Debattinnlegg.
  • Rønning, Helge (2013). "Dream, Reality and Seduction – Sindbad". Introduction to the film Szindbad and the novel The Adventures of Sindbad.
  • Rønning, Helge & Li, Shubo (2013). Winning hearts and minds: Chinese soft power foreign policy in Africa. CMI Brief. http://www.cmi.no/publications/publication/?4906=winning-hearts-and-minds.
  • Rønning, Helge & Li, Shubo (2013). Is the Chinaafrica Dream an Expression of Soft Power.
  • Rønning, Helge (2013). En omstridt frihet. Utfordringer for ytringsfrihet i et moderne samfunn.
  • Rønning, Helge (2013). Freedom of expression and diversity.
  • Rønning, Helge (2013). Legislation, enforcement and management as components of a copyright system.
  • Rønning, Helge (2013). HENRIK IBSEN – COMO AGENTE DA MODERNIZAÇÃO.
  • Rønning, Helge (2013). Machado, Ibsen and Wordl Literature.
  • Rønning, Helge (2013). The Challenge of Free Speech.
  • Rønning, Helge (2013). Cultural Industries and Economics of Creation.
  • Rønning, Helge (2013). Nuruddin Farah i en afrikansk litterær sammenheng.
  • Rønning, Helge (2013). Ugandas politiske utvikling i et komparativt perspektiv.
  • Rønning, Helge (2013). World Literature and Modernity.
  • Rønning, Helge (2013). Forfattere, teknologi og forleggere – tendenser in internasjonal forlagsbransje.
  • Rønning, Helge (2013). The Challenge to Freedom of Expression in an increasingly globalized Public Sphere.
  • Rønning, Helge (2013). Lysten driver verket – En generasjons lyst.
  • Slaatta, Tore & Rønning, Helge (2021). Fastpris-regulering i Europa for omsetning av bøker i utvalgte land. TSL Analytics AS.
  • Slaatta, Tore & Rønning, Helge (2021). Konkurranse og litteraturpolitisk regulering i Europa: Erfaringer med europeiske fast- og friprissystemer for omsetning av bøker i utvalgte land. TSL Analytics AS.
  • Rønning, Helge; Holmen, Rasmus Bøgh; Grünfeld, Leo Andreas & Riis, Christian (2017). Avanseregulering i ny boklov. Menon.
  • Eriksen, Stein Sundstøl; Orre, Aslak Jangård & Rønning, Helge (2017). Mozambique: A Political Economy Analysis. Norsk Utenrikspolitisk Institutt. Full text in Research Archive

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