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Chair Professor Mette Hjort
Honorary Professor
Department of Visual Studies
Lingnan University

Affiliate Professor
Department of Scandinavian Studies
University of Washington, Seattle

Department of Media, Cognition and Communication
University of Copenhagen


Mette Hjort is Chair Professor of Visual Studies at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. Mette is an Affiliate Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle and an Honorary Professor at the Centre for Modern European Studies, University of Copenhagen. Previous appointments include Head of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong, Director of Cultural Studies/Film and Communications at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and Professor of Intercultural Studies at Aalborg University in Denmark. Mette was a Visiting Researcher at Kyoto University in 1996, a Visiting Professor of Scandinavian Studies at University College London in the Spring of 2007 and a Leverhulme Visiting Professor of Film Studies at St Andrews University in Scotland during the Fall of 2007. She has contributed regularly to the University of Washington’s Scan-Design-funded summer school in Copenhagen, where she has introduced students to the Zentropa-initiated film town in Avedoere, the film school, key cultural policy figures, and various filmmakers, scriptwriters, editors, and producers.

Mette is particularly interested in understanding the implications of scale for various endeavors, cinematic and other. Much of her research in recent times has focused on the cinema of small nations, with a special emphasis on practitioners’ agency, creativity under constraint, artistic projects as alternatives or complements to cultural policy, gift culture and alternatives to zero-sum reasoning, and milieu-building or capacity-building initiatives involving transnational partnerships based on shared values and aspirations.

Mette is currently pursuing work on film schools, focusing on partnerships between practitioners in the Nordic region and filmmakers in West Africa, East Africa, and the Middle East. She is also involved in research in the area of environmental aesthetics, with reference to specific challenges arising in the context of intense urban development. A third line of research focuses on contemporary documentary filmmaking in Hong Kong and the PRC.

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Honorary Professor, Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University.

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Academic & Professional Qualifications

Ph.D./nouveau doctorat (CRAL - Centre de Recherches sur les Arts et le Langage), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (1989), supervised by French art historian Louis Marin.

M.A. (Communications), McGill University (1985), supervised by Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor.

B.A. First class honors (English Literature, Theatre, and Film and Communications), McGill University (1983).

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Scholarly Distinctions

Vice President and Foundation Fellow, the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities.

Leverhulme Visiting Professor of Film Studies, St Andrews University.

Visiting Professor, Scandinavian Studies, University College London.

Guest Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, Copenhagen Classroom.

Awarded, Senior Researcher Fellowship, Danish Institute for Advanced Studies.

Invited Research Fellow, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University

Series Editor (with Peter Schepelern), Nordic Film Classics Series (University of Washington Press and Museum Tusculanum).

Member, Executive Board, Hong Kong Film Classics Series, (Hong Kong University Press).

Member, Advisory Board, Northern Lights, pov, Transnational Cinemas, Encounters: An International Journal for the Study of Culture and Society, Cultural Histories of Cinema (series, Palgrave Macmillan), Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, Alphaville: Online Graduate Journal of Film and Media Studies, Topics and Issues in National Cinemas (series, Continuum), Visual Methodologies, Transnational Finnish Cinema (funded by the Academy of Finland), Short Film Studies, Frames, Remapping World Cinema: Regional Transformations and Global Transformations, Palgrave Communications, Palgrave European Film and Media Studies, Cinema & Cie.

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Areas of Interest

Environmental aesthetics, collaborative creativity and creativity under constraint, gift culture, transnational cinema, small national cinemas, philosophy and film, contemporary documentary filmmaking in Hong Kong and the PRC, practice-based film education and the building of sustainable communities, knowledge transfer and community engagement.

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Previous Employment

Professor, Intercultural Studies, Aalborg University.

Associate Professor and Head of Comparative Literature, Hong Kong University.

Associate Professor, Department of English, Copenhagen Business School.

Associate Professor and Director of Film and Communications, Department of English, McGill University.

Assistant Professor, Department of English, McGill University.

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English, McGill University.

Declined, chair professorship, Department of Film Studies, St Andrews University.

Declined, assistant professorship, tenure-track, Department of Romance Languages, Johns Hopkins University.

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Hjort, Mette. 2010. Lone Scherfig's "Italian for Beginners" (Seattle: University of Washington Press; Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum), pp 295.

Hjort, Mette. 2006. Stanley Kwan's "Centre Stage" (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press), pp 144.

Hjort, Mette. 2005. Small Nation, Global Cinema (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Public Worlds Series), pp 300.

Hjort, Mette. 1993. The Strategy of Letters (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press), pp 267.

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Edited Books

Hjort, Mette & Eva Joerholt (advance contract). African Cinema & Human Rights (Indianapolis: Indiana University Press).

Hjort, Mette & Ursula Lindqvist, 2016. A Companion to Nordic Cinema (Boston: Wiley-Blackwell), pp 600.

Hjort, Mette. 2013. The Education of the Filmmaker in Europe, Australia, and Asia (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), pp 268.

Hjort, Mette. 2013. The Education of the Filmmaker in Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas (New York: Palgrave Macmillan), pp 302.

Hjort, Mette. 2012. Film and Risk (Detroit: Wayne State University Press), pp 294.

Morris, Meaghan & Mette Hjort. 2012. Creativity and Academic Activism: Instituting Cultural Studies (Hong Kong and Durham, NC: Hong Kong University Press & Duke University Press), pp 298.

Hjort, Mette. 2008. Dekalog 01: On The Five Obstructions (London: Wallflower Press), pp 148.

Hjort, Mette & Duncan Petrie. 2007. The Cinema of Small Nations (Indianapolis: Indiana University Press & Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press), pp 250.

Hjort, Mette & Scott MacKenzie. 2003. Purity and Provocation: Dogme 95 (London: The British Film Institute Publications), pp 237.

Hjort, Mette & Ulf Hedetoft. 2002. The Postnational Self (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Public Worlds Series), pp 316.

Hjort, Mette & Scott MacKenzie. 2000. Cinema and Nation (London: Routledge), pp 332.

Hjort, Mette & Sue Laver. 1997. Emotion and the Arts (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp 302.

Hjort, Mette. 1992. Rules and Conventions: Literature, Philosophy, Social Theory (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press), pp 359.

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Interview Books

Hjort, Mette, Eva Novrup Redvall & Iben Albinus Sabroe (in progress).The Danish Scriptwriters.

Hjort, Mette, Eva Novrup Redvall & Ib Bondebjerg. 2014. The Danish Directors 3: Dialogues on the New Danish Documentary Cinema (Bristol: Intellect Press), pp 430.

Hjort, Mette, Eva Joerholt & Eva Novrup Redvall. 2010. The Danish Directors 2: Dialogues on the New Danish Fiction Cinema (Bristol: Intellect Press), pp 312.

Hjort, Mette & Ib Bondebjerg. 2001. The Danish Directors: Dialogues on a Contemporary National Cinema (Bristol: Intellect Press), pp 294. Translation by Hjort of Instruktoerens blik.

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Translated Books

Hjort, Mette. 1994. Translator of Louis Marin's Detruire la peinture (Paris: Galilee, 1977). Translated as To Destroy Painting (Chicago: Chicago University Press), pp 186 .

Hjort, Mette. 1989. Translator of Louis Marin's La parole mangee (Paris: Meridiens Klincksieck). Translated as Food for Thought (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press), pp 273.

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Series Editor

With Peter Schepelern, of the Nordic Film Classics Series (University of Washington Press & Museum Tusculanum). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gk7SGfrIHGA

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