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- .
Head of Department in two periods.
Member of the Faculty Board of Faculty of Humanities
Selected posts and activities
Member of the faculty board of The Faculty of Arts, University of Oslo during several periods,.
Member of several committees in the Norwegian Research Council.
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.
Member of the government committee that planned the Norwegian film school (1989)
President of Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers and Translators Union 1994 –1996 (Norsk faglitterær forfatter- og oversetterforening (NFF).
Member of the Programme council (Proramrådet) for TV2 1994 - 1998.
Member of the board for Oslo Regional College for Higher Education (Høgskolen i Oslo) 1994 – 2000.
Member of the Norwegian Public Service Broadcasting Council (Allmennkringkastingsrådet) 1996 – 2004.
Member of the Government Commission on Freedom of Expression (Ytringsfrihetskommisjonen) 1996- 1999.
Deputy Chairman of the Board of Centre for Environment and Development Research, (Senter for utvikling og miljø) University of Oslo: 1990 - 2000
Chairman of the Board of the Ibsen Centre (Senter for Ibsenstudier), University of Oslo 1997 – 2009.
Chairman of the Board of the Norwegian Reprographic Rights Organisations, Kopinor, 1998 - 2010.
Member of the National Ibsen Committee (Nasjonalkomiteen for Ibsensatsning)1998 – 2007.
Member of the Council and Board for the Norwegian Literature Festival (Norsk litteraturfestival) 1997 – 2014.
Chairman of Government Advisory Council on Results in Development Policies (Rådgivender utvalg for resultater i utviklingspolitikken) 2001 – 2003.
Member of the international Jury for Africa’s 100 Best Books of the 20th Century. 2001 – 2002
Member of the National Committee for Ethics in Resarch. 2003 – 2006
Chairman of the Board of NORCODE (Norwegian Copyright Development Organisation) 2011 –
Consultancies and Evaluations.
Evaluations and consultancies undertaken for NORAD, Danida, UNDP; UNESCO, and other agencies in the areas of:
Research, Cultural policies, Media,
Norwegian – native (Swedish Danish); English fluent – written and spoken; German – good reading – acceptable speaking capacity; French – reading capacity; Portuguese – good reading – good speaking, passable writing; Italian – reading – slow; Spanish – reading – slow.
Textual analysis 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.
Film and TV analysis; News Analysis; Democratic Developments and Media; Globalisation Theory; Media and Development, African Media and politics; Freedom of Expression; Copyright in the Media; Cultural Studies; The book as a Medium; Cultural Politics; Media and Literature.
The Voice of China in Africa – Media and Soft Power. (http://www.cmi.no/research/project/?1686=voice-of-china), Between Ink and Hyperlink. European Publishing. (With Tore Slaatta)