Dr Helga Hlaðgerður Lúthersdóttir

Helga

Teaching Fellow in Icelandic Language and Literature

  • Email: h.luthersdottir@ucl.ac.uk
  • Phone: +44(0)2076793161; Internal: 33161
  • Skype id.: alittlemayhem
  • Office: 16-18 Gordon Square, room 207
  • Office hours: Wednesdays 11 AM to 12 PM and by appointment

Research Interests and Activities

Prior to joining Scandinavian Studies at UCL I was the Head of the Nordic Studies Program, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the United States. My academic career has largely been teaching-focused, but I am now enjoying revisiting my research and preparing forthcoming publications. In my PhD thesis, Irreversible Contamination? Global Hollywood and the (not so) National Cinema, I explored ideas of Hollywood as a contagious force in contemporary global cinema, but since then I have expanded my research focus to visual representations of the Nordic Region, especially within the framework of popular culture and social media.

I completed my PhD in Comparative Literature at University of Colorado in 2005. I also hold an MA in Comparative Literature from University of Colorado, a BA in Comparative Literature and Teaching Credentials from the University of Iceland, and a BFA from the Icelandic Academy of Arts.

Selected Conference Papers

  • "Running out of Bodies? Sustaining a Genre within a Small Society." Retold, Resold, Transformed? Crime Fiction in the Modern Era, conference at Leeds University, U.K. (2013).
  • “Image, Identity and Ownership: Representations of Norse Gods in Popular Culture and Social Media.” 101st Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, Chicago, Illinois (2011).
  • “Shapes of the (Post)Colonial: (Trans)Formations in Icelandic Film History.” 100th Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, Seattle, Washington (2010).
  • “From National to Transnational Cinema: The Case of Iceland.” Constructing Nation: From Modernity to the New Millennium, symposium at the University of Colorado, Boulder (2009).
  • “Reclaiming a Religion: The Un-popularizing and Re-spiritualizing of Norse Mythology.” Media, Spiritualities and Social Change, conference at the University of Colorado, Boulder (2008).
  • “Phantoms Afoot: Isaac Julien’s Créole North.” 97th Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois (2007).
  • “Whose Cinema? Transnational Tendencies in Icelandic Film Production.” 96th Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi (2006).
  • “Global Hollywood and the Business of Borderless Cinema.” 24th Annual Conference of the Western Humanities Alliance, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (2005).
  • “Irreversible Contamination: Hollywood and the New Global Cinema.” Session: The Politics of Culture Markets, 2005 American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Penn State University, Pennsylvania (2005).

My Modules 2013-2014

  • SCAN1004 Basic Icelandic
  • SCAN2004 Intermediate Icelandic
  • SCAN4004 Degree-level Icelandic
  • SCAN7214 Vikings and Valkyries in Contemporary Culture
  • SCAN4202/G014 Modern & Contemporary Icelandic Literature: Crime in Small Numbers
  • ELCS6072 The Monstrous Maker

Curriculum Vitae

2011- : Teaching Fellow, Department of Scandinavian Studies, University College London, England.

2008-2011: Head of Nordic Studies, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2008: Instructor, Norlin Scholars Program, Undergraduate Academy, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2007-2009: Faculty Director, Reykjavík Study Abroad Program, Office of International Education, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2006-2008: Instructor, Nordic Studies Program, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2005: Lecturer, McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2005: Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2005: Professional Development Certificate, the Graduate Teacher Program and Career Services, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2005: Graduate Teaching Certificate, the Graduate Teacher Program, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2004-2010: Lecturer, Herbst Humanities Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2004-2006: Lecturer/Instructor of Record, Department of Comparative Literature and Humanities, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2004-2006: Lecturer, Department of English, University of Colorado, Boulder.

2000-2006: Lecturer/Instructor of Record, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Colorado, Boulder.

1998-2004: Graduate Part Time Instructor/Teaching Assistant, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Colorado, Boulder.

1996-1997: Teaching Assistant, Film Studies Program, University of Colorado, Boulder.

1997: M.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Colorado, Boulder.

1994: Teaching Credentials, Icelandic and Fine Arts, University of Iceland, Reykjavik.

1994: B.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Iceland, Reykjavik.

1990: University Entrance Exam, Modern Languages, Hamrahlid College, Reykjavik, Iceland.

1988: BFA equivalence, Ceramics with minor in Art History, Icelandic Academy of Arts, Reykjavik.