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Helle Strandgaard Jensen

Associate professor

Helle Strandgaard Jensen


Helle Strandgaard Jensen is Associate Professor of contemporary cultural history at Department of History and Classical Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark. She is also the co-director of the Center for Digital History Aarhus (CEDHAR).

Jensen holds a PhD from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Her work focuses on the contemporary history of mass media and digital archives in Scandinavia, Western Europe and the US after 1945. She combines historical methods with theoretical approaches from cultural studies and media studies.

One part of Jensen's research has media as the historical object of study. The other looks at how digital media – in particular digital archives, sources, and research tools – influence the discipline of history. She currently works on two projects. One has been funded by the Danish Research Council and the European Commissions’ Marie Curie actions and focuses on the global history of the American children’s programme Sesame Street during the 1970s. A second project investigates digital archives as historiographical agents by looking at the production, content, and use of these within the discipline of history. She is the author of From Superman to Social Realism: Children’s Media and Scandinavian Childhood (John Benjamins 2017).

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