Pelle Snickars is professor of digital cultures at Lund University. His research is situated at the intersection between media studies, media history and the digital humanities. Snickars is currently in charge of the research projects: Welfare State Analytics. Text Mining and Modeling Swedish Politics, Media & Culture, 1945-1989 (Swedish Research Council) and Modern Times 1936 (Riksbankens jubileumsfond). Snickars is also the co-ordinator of the national research program, DIGARV—Digitisation and accessibility of cultural heritage (Swedish Research Council).
Snickars completed his PhD in 2001 at the Department of Cinema Studies, Stockholm University. As a postdoc his research was mainly focused on early cinema and adjacent media cultures, working primarily with German media historical sources (with a DAAD scholarship) at various archives and libraries in Berlin. In 2005 he was appointed Head of Research at the Swedish National Archive of Recorded Sound and Moving Images (in Stockholm). In 2009 he was hired as Head of Research at the National Library of Sweden. Through his work in the heritage sector, Snickars gained extensive experience with major European research projects within the audiovisual heritage domain—being in charge of different work packages in television heritage projects as Video Active, EUscreen and EUscreenXL. In 2014 Snickars received a professorship in media and communication studies at Umeå University. Among his more noteworthy international publications are the co-written, Spotify Teardown. Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music (MIT Press 2019), and the co-edited volumes, The YouTube Reader (2009) and Moving Data. The iPhone and the Future of Media (2012), both distributed by Columbia University Press. The co-written book From Big Bang to Big Data. A History of the Media is forthcoming from McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2022.
Snickars is also the founder of the (mainly Swedish) book series, Mediehistoriskt arkiv in which some 50 titles have appeared during the last 15 years. Snickars has published 22 books, the latest being a major study on the media history of cultural heritage, Kulturarvets mediehistoria: Dokumentation och representation 1750–1950. At present, Snickars has some 1500 citations on Google Scholar.
Email: pelle.snickars [at] kultur.lu.se
Phone: +46 (0) 73 047 35 18
Current place of employment:
Department of Art and Cultural Sciences
LUX 221 00 Lund
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