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Christian Gosvig Olesen

Foto: Christian Olesen
Foto: Christian Olesen

Affiliation & Contact

University of Amsterdam
Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Media & Cultuur
E-Mail: c.g.olesen[at]
Twitter: chrisgolesen
Film History in the Making 
Radio Synchresis

Research Areas

Videographic Film and Media Studies, Media Archives and Historiography, Sound Studies, Digital Humanities, Found Footage and Artistic Reuse of Media Archives, Blended Learning


Christian Gosvig Olesen is a researcher and lecturer at Utrecht University’s Department of Media and Culture Studies where he is currently developing Blended Learning programmes for the CLARIAH Media Suite research infrastructure. He holds a PhD in Media Studies (with distinction) from the University of Amsterdam and an MA degree (with distinction) in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image from the University of Amsterdam.

Prior to joining Utrecht University, Christian Olesen was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the project The Sensory Moving Image Archive:Boosting Creative Reuse for Artistic Practice and Research (2017-2019) led by Professor of Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture and Chief Curator at EYE Filmmuseum Giovanna Fossati, and was also Principal Investigator of the NWO CLARIAH project MIMEHIST: Annotating EYE’s Jean Desmet Collection (2017-2018). In the academic year 2017/2018, he was invited as the inaugural scholar-in-residence in the EYE Filmmuseum’s newly established scholar and artist-in-residence program.

Current Research Project: The CLARIAH Media Suite

Source: CLARIAH Media Suite

The Media Suite is a part of the Dutch infrastructure for digital humanities and social sciences (CLARIAH). It facilitates access to key Dutch audio-visual and contextual collections with advanced multimedia search and analysis tools.

The Media Suite is a research environment serving the needs of a wide variety of scholars (e.g., film, television, and other media scholars, oral historians, political historians) interested in cultural data and audiovisual heritage of Dutch history and society.

The CLARIAH Media Suite is an innovative digital research environment in which we are experimenting with new ways of working with audiovisual heritage data. It furthermore aims to cater to various levels of expertise and research interests: from providing access to many audiovisual collections for exploratory research to close reading; and from more complex modes of data analysis to distant reading strategies.

Network-related Publications (selection)

◦ Olesen, Christian Gosvig, “Itinéraire d’un ciné-fils de…#3: Le cercle rouge”, in [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2, (2019), audio publication.
◦ Olesen, Christian Gosvig & Ivan Kisjes., “From Text Mining to Visual Classification: Rethinking Computational New Cinema History with Jean Desmet’s Digitised Business Archive”, in Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis, vol. 21, no. 2 (2018): 127-145.
◦ Olesen, Christian Gosvig, "Towards a 'Humanistic Cinemetrics?", in K. Van Es and M. Schäfer (eds.), The Datafied Society. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2017, pp. 39-54.
◦ Olesen, Christian Gosvig, Eef Masson, Jasmijn van Gorp, Giovanna Fossati & Julia Noordegraaf, "Data-Driven Research for Film History: Exploring The Jean Desmet Collection" in The Moving Image, Vol. 16, No. 1 (2016): 82-105.

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