Steffen Krüger

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Postal address Postboks 1093 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic interests

I am co-heading the Screen Cultures research project and Master's programme, one of the prioritized research areas at the Faculty of Humanities (2019-2023). Together with our students, our team of researchers delve into various aspects of our screen lives, exploring their historical, technological, aesthetic and political dimensions, as well as their formative cultural effects. I am specifically interested in the political aspects of digitalisation, which I approach from a (symbolic) interactional perspective, inquiring into the ways habitual, relational practices are forming both the individual and the socio-cultural.

My former research project, "Online Interaction Forms", financed by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR), has looked specifically at the affective dimension of interacting in various online environments. My approach has primarily been 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 and socialisation.

My interests extend to the following fields within media and cultural studies:

- media & communication theory.
- psychosocial & psychoanalytic theory.

- critical theory.
- qualitative methodology (scenic understanding, discourse analysis, media-aesthetic analysis).
- screen culture: online platforms, 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.

Courses taught

  • Internet, Self & Society (MEVIT 4616)
  • Methods in Media Studies (MEVIT 4834)
  • Courses under the Screen Cultures umbrella (MEVIT 4700 etc.)
Tags: digital culture, media and communication, psychosocial studies, Social media, Media aesthetics, Political communication


  • Krüger, Steffen (2020). Anal sexuality and male subcultures online: The politics of self-deprecation in the deep vernacular web. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society.  ISSN 1088-0763. . doi: 10.1057/s41282-020-00207-z Full text in Research Archive.
  • Krüger, Steffen & Degel, Alexander (2020). Der Untergang des ostdeutschen Tricksters – Eine vergleichende Kulturanalyse ost- und westdeutscher Witze vor und nach dem Mauerfall. Psychologie und Gesellschaftskritik.  ISSN 0170-0537.  2020-3/4(175+176)
  • Krüger, Steffen & Ni Bhroin, Niamh (2020). Vital Signs: Innovations in Self-Tracking Health Insurance and Social Change. The Journal of Media Innovations.  ISSN 1894-5562.  6(1), s 93- 108 . doi: Full text in Research Archive.
  • Krüger, Steffen (2019). The authoritarian dimension in digital self-tracking: containment, commodification, subjugation, In Vera King; Benigna Gerisch & Hartmut Rosa (ed.),  Lost in Perfection - Impact of Optimisation on Culture and Psyche.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-138-89436-5.  Chapter 7.  s 85 - 104 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Krüger, Steffen & Spilde, Ane Charlotte (2019). Judging books by their covers – Tinder interface, usage and sociocultural implications. Information, Communication & Society.  ISSN 1369-118X. . doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2019.1572771 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Rustad, Gry Cecilie & Krüger, Steffen (2019). Coping with Shame in a Media-saturated Society: Norwegian Web-series Skam as Transitional Object. Television & New Media.  ISSN 1527-4764.  20(1), s 72- 95 . doi: 10.1177/1527476417741379
  • Krüger, Steffen (2018). Facing Fanon: Examining Neocolonial Aspects in Grand Theft Auto V through the Prism of the Machinima Film Finding Fanon II. Open Library of Humanities.  ISSN 2056-6700.  4(1), s 1- 31 . doi: 10.16995/olh.177 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Krüger, Steffen (2018). Violence and the Virtual, In Steffen Krüger; Karl Figlio & Barry Richards (ed.),  Fomenting Political Violence - Fantasy, Language, Media, Action.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-3-319-97504-7.  Chapter 5.  s 75 - 102
  • Krüger, Steffen; Figlio, Karl & Richards, Barry (2018). Fomenting Political Violence - An Introduction, In Steffen Krüger; Karl Figlio & Barry Richards (ed.),  Fomenting Political Violence - Fantasy, Language, Media, Action.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-3-319-97504-7.  Chapter 1.  s 1 - 16 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Krüger, Steffen (2017). Dropping Depth Hermeneutics into Psychosocial Studies – a Lorenzerian perspective. Journal of Psychosocial Studies.  ISSN 1478-6737.  10(1), s 47- 66 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Krüger, Steffen (2017). Unable to mourn again? Media(ted) Reactions to German Neo-Nazi Terrorism, In Lene Auestad (ed.),  Shared Traumas, Silent Loss, Public and Private Mourning.  Karnac Books.  ISBN 1780491611.  Chapter Five.  s 59 - 76
  • Krüger, Steffen (2016). Understanding affective labor online: a depth-hermeneutic reading of the My 22nd of July webpage. Ephemera : Theory and Politics in Organization.  ISSN 2052-1499.  16(4), s 185- 208
  • Krüger, Steffen (2016). Virtuelle Gewalt – „Nein zum Heim“ Facebook-Seiten und die Entstehung politischer Gewalt. PSYCHOANALYSE · Texte zur Sozialforschung.  ISSN 1615-8393.  2016(2), s 147- 167
  • Krüger, Steffen & Johanssen, Jacob (2016). Thinking (with) the Unconscious in Media and Communication Studies. CM: Communication and Media.  ISSN 2466-541X.  11(38), s 2- 35 . doi: 10.5937/comman11-13131
  • Krüger, Steffen (2015). Abschied mit Humor – die Rolle des Komischen im Trauern, I: Hermann Haarmann; Matthias Bormuth & Falko Schmieder (red.),  "Um Abschied geht es ja nun." Exil und kein Ende.  Tectum.  ISBN 3828835279.  kapittel 3.  s 23 - 40
  • Krüger, Steffen (2015). Pseudonyms in Online Discussion Forums: A Psychosocial Approach. Seachange: Art, Communication, Technology.  ISSN 1923-3582.  2015(1), s 23- 50
  • Krüger, Steffen (2014). The legend of the artist: Family romance and Führer Myth. American Imago.  ISSN 0065-860X.  71(1), s 29- 51 . doi: 10.1353/aim.2014.0006
  • Krüger, Steffen (2014). Tiefenhermeneutische Zugänge zur digitalen Moderne, I: Elisabeth Rohr (red.),  Inszenierungen des Unbewussten in der Moderne.  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 . doi: 10.31269/triplec.v12i2.548
  • Krüger, Steffen (2013). Die "Legende vom Künstler" als Propagandastrategie, I: Steffen Krüger & Thomas Röske (red.),  Im Dienste des Ich. Ernst Kris heute.  Böhlau.  ISBN 978-3-205-78896-6.  chapter 9.  s 99 - 117
  • 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; Davidoff, Jonathan & Auestad, Lene (2013). “Introducing Psychoanalysis and Politics – a conversation with Lene Auestad and Jonathan Davidoff”. Journal of Psychosocial Studies.  ISSN 1478-6737.  7(1), s 31- 53
  • 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 . doi: 10.1353/aim.2012.0023

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  • Krüger, Steffen; Figlio, Karl & Richards, Barry (ed.) (2018). Fomenting Political Violence - Fantasy, Language, Media, Action. Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-3-319-97504-7.  260 s.
  • Krüger, Steffen & Röske, Thomas (red.) (2013). Im Dienste des Ich. Ernst Kris heute. Böhlau.  ISBN 978-3-205-78896-6.  214 s.

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