Steffen Krüger

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Academic interests

I am interested in forms of scenic interaction online, inquiring into the ways ritualized, relational practices are forming both the individual and the sociocultural. 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. This interest extends to the following realms within the field of media and cultural studies:

- communication, media and cultural theory.
- media sociology.
- psychosocial and psychoanalytic 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.


Courses taught

  • Internet, Self and Society (MEVIT 4616)
  • Digital Culture (MEVIT 1700)
  • Media and Cultural Theory (MEVIT 2110)
  • MA Project Seminar in Aesthetics (EST 4004)
Tags: media and communication, Media aesthetics, Political communication, psychosocial studies, digital culture, Social media


  • 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
  • Krüger, Steffen (2017). Dropping Depth Hermeneutics into Psychosocial Studies – a Lorenzerian perspective. The Journal of Psycho-Social Studies.  ISSN 1478-6737.  10(1), s 47- 66
  • 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
  • Rustad, Gry Cecilie & Krüger, Steffen (2017). Coping with Shame in a Media-saturated Society: Norwegian Web-series Skam as Transitional Object. Television & New Media.  ISSN 1527-4764.
  • 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 1473-2866.  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
  • 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
  • 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”. The Journal of Psycho-Social 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

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  • 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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  • Krüger, Steffen (2017). Barbarous Hordes, Brutal Elites’ – The Traumatic Structure of Right-Wing Populism. E-flux Journal.  ISSN 2164-1625.
  • Krüger, Steffen (2017). Critical theory of communication by Christian Fuchs, 2016. Information, Communication & Society.  ISSN 1369-118X.
  • Krüger, Steffen (2017). Social Media Abyss by Geert Lovink, 2016. Information, Communication & Society.  ISSN 1369-118X.
  • Krüger, Steffen (2017). Social Science Methods for Psychodynamic Inquiry: The Unconscious on the World Scene. William R. Meyers. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015. 253 pp.. American Imago.  ISSN 0065-860X.  74(2), s 248- 257
  • Krüger, Steffen (2016). Respect, Plurality, and Prejudice. A psychoanalytical and philosophical enquiry into the dynamics of social exclusion and discrimination av Lene Auestad, Steffen Krüger. Matrix.  ISSN 0109-646X.  33(2), s 95- 98
  • Krüger, Steffen & Röske, Thomas (2013). Einleitung, I: Steffen Krüger & Thomas Röske (red.),  Im Dienste des Ich. Ernst Kris heute.  Böhlau.  ISBN 978-3-205-78896-6.  innledning.  s 13 - 18

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