Pelle Snickars

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Works at:

Culture and Media Studies


Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap


Umeå universitet
SE-901 87 Umeå

Visiting Address:

Humanisthuset, Biblioteksgränd 3 (huvudentré)

Mobile Phone:

+46 73 047 35 18


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Pelle Snickars is Professor of Media and Communication Studies—a chair directed towards the digital humanities—at Umeå university, Sweden, where he also works at HUMlab. Snickars completed his PhD in 2001 at the Department of Cinema Studies, Stockholm University

 As a post-doc his research was mainly focused on early cinema and adjacent media cultures, working primarily with German media historical sources 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. A year later Snickars was elected to the Executive Council of the international archival organisation FIAT/IFTA. In 2009 he was hired as Head of Research at The National Library of Sweden. In that position Snickars had extensive experience with European research projects within the heritage domain. He has, for example, been in charge of WPs in the television heritage projects, Video Active, EUscreen and EUscreenXL – and hence has substantial experience of research management.

Among Snickars more noteworthy publications are the anthologies, The YouTube Reader (2009) and Moving Data. The iPhone and the Future of Media (2012), both distributed internationally by Columbia University Press. A forthcoming book publication, Spotify Teardown will be published by MIT Press in 2018. Snickars is also the founder of the (mainly Swedish) book series, Mediehistoriskt arkiv [länk] in which some 30 titles have appeared during the last decade. Snickars has co-edited 15 books within this series, and thus has a considerable experience in editing research anthologies.

In general, Snickars research focuses the relationship between old and new media, media economy, digitisation of cultural heritage, media history and the importance of new technical infrastructure for the humanities. Most of his English articles are available from his personal web site:

Snickars is currently in charge of four major national research projects:

> Streaming Heritage: Following Files In Digital Music Distribution (Swedish Resarch Council, 2014-18) –

> Digital Journals. Press Interfaces in 1800 (Söderberg foundation, 2013-16) –

> Developing a film historical platform (Riksbankens jubileumsfond, 2013-16) –

> Digital Models. Techno-historical collections, digital humanities & narratives of industrialisation (Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, 2016-19) –

During 2015 Snickars was visiting professor at Södertörn university in Stockholm, and during the last years ha has secured and received a substantial amount of external research funding (which amounts to approximately 2,5 million euros.)

Academic Positions

2014-                                   Professor of Media and Communication Studies, Umeå university

2009-2013     Head of Research, National Library of Sweden

2005-2008     Head of Research, National Archive of Recorded Sound and Moving Images

Research management

2016-2019       Digital Models. Techno-historical collections, digital humanities & narratives of industrialisation

2014-2018     Streaming Heritage: Following Files In Digital Music Distribution

2014-2016     Digital Journals. Press Interfaces in 1800

2013-2016 developing a film historical platform

2014-2015     Cod(ex). The transformation of the Book (Riksbankens jubileumsfond)

2013                                    Work Package Leader EUscreenXL

2009-2012     Work Package Leader EUscreen




Year sorteringsordning


Pelle, Snickars

Google Docs, digital humaniora & akademiskt samarbete



Pelle, Snickars

Skrivdonen påverkar tankarna
Dagens Nyheter



Hyvönen, Mats
Pelle, Snickars
Vesterlund, Per

The formation of Swedish media studies, 1960–1980
Media History



Alm, Göran
Houltz, Anders
Johansson, Björn Axel; et al.

I världsutställningarnas tid: kungahus, näringsliv & medier



Pelle, Snickars

Seg start för samskrivning



Norén, Fredrik
Pelle, Snickars

Distant reading the history of Swedish film politics in 4500 governmental SOU reports
Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, 7(2): 155-175



Pelle, Snickars

More of the Same – On Spotify Radio
Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, 9(2): 184-211



Degerstedt, Lars
Pelle, Snickars

More Media, More People—On Social & Multimodal Media Intelligence
Human IT, 13(3): 54-84



Fleischer, Rasmus
Snickars, Pelle

Discovering Spotify – A Thematic Introduction
Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, 9(2): 130-145



Jarlbrink, Johan
Snickars, Pelle

Cultural heritage as digital noise: nineteenth century newspapers in the digital archive
Journal of Documentation, 73(6): 1228-1243



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