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Helle Strandgaard Jensen

Associate professor, Associate Professor

Helle Strandgaard Jensen


Helle Strandgaard Jensen is Associate Professor of contemporary cultural history at the 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, childhood, and digitization 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 Dr. Jensen's research has media as the historical object of study. The other investigates how digital media and, in particular, digital archives and digitized sources influence the discipline of history.

Dr. Jensen currently works on two projects. One is a monograph about the transnational history of the American children’s program Sesame Street during the 1970s (forthcoming with Oxford University Press). The book is based on work funded by the Danish Research Council (MOBILEX fellowship) and the European Commission's Marie Curie actions (CIG fellowship). A second micro-funded project, Sesame Street at 50: The Shapes of Digital Memory (SHAPES), uses a combination of computer-assisted analysis and close readings to investigate how social media platforms shape remembrance cultures.


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