Helle Kannik Haastrup

Helle Kannik Haastrup

Associate Professor - Promotion Programme

Primary fields of research

My research focus on celebrity culture and the cultural and social significance and impact with focus on aestehtics and genres in the idgital media culture. 

My research also includes contemporary filma nd tv-drama and how they as complex narratives are in dialogue with other media 

in the digital media culture. My research areas include the following topics:

  • Celebrityculture and the cultural and social meaning and impact, and social media
  • Celebrities and influencers as role models on social media 
  • Social media – aesthetics  and popular culture
  • Film aesthetics and digital culture
  •  complex media fictions (film and tv-drama) in the digital media culture
  • Transmedia analysis of media fictions
  • Media aesthetics in the digital media culture
  • Portrait documentary as genres

Current research:

I am chair of the research group: Transmedia and media culture (Tværmedialitet og mediekultur) at NorS.

Celebrity culture and activism on Instagram: I study how politicians, infleuncers and activistst communicate climate, culture and politics on social media with focus on visual aestehtcis and genres, authenticity and presentation of self.  

Film and TV-drama serier in the digital film and media culture: A study of how media fictions can be understood as a cultural forum in dialogue with social media, digital communities and and live media events.

Ongoing project and networks: 

A common film culture - Denmark and germany 1910-1930 (En fælles filmkultur? - Danmark og Tyskland i stumfilmtiden 1910-1930 (DFI/Københavns Universitet 2019-2023). I contribute with a project about celebrity culture in a transmedia perspective with focus on the Danish film stars Asta Nielsen. Link to "A Common Film Culture"

Nordic Celebrity Studies Network (2016-) Co-founder and co-chair of this Nordic research network investigating celebrity culture in culture and politics in Nordic cultural and social contexts. 


  • Social media – aesthetics and communication (climate, cultur, politics)
  • Digital genres and qualitative digital methods
  • Film and media aesthetics
  • Media culture analysis
  • Transmedia theory and analysis
  • Media fictions - theory and analysis
  • Factual mediagenres – theory and analysis
  • Celebrityculture and digital media
  • Popular culture and social media
  • Star studies


Selected publications

  1. Published


    Haastrup, Helle Kannik, 1 May 2020, Frederiksberg: Samfundslitteratur. 161 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Personalising climate change on Instagram: Self-presentation, authenticity and emotion

    Haastrup, Helle Kannik, 2022, In: MedieKultur. 38, 72, p. 65-85

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    The Mother of Dragons in Dior: Fashion, Star Image and Self-presentation on Instagram

    Haastrup, Helle Kannik, 28 Dec 2020, In: Popular Communication. 18, 4, p. 327-340 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    When Golden Globes and Stars Align: The Awards Show as a Platform for Cultural Criticism

    Haastrup, Helle Kannik, Jan 2021, Rethinking Cultural Criticism: New Voices in the Digital Age. Kristensen, N. N., From, U. & Haastrup, H. K. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 91-112

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Framing the Oscars live: analysing celebrity culture and cultural intermediaries in the live broadcast of the Academy Awards on Danish television

    Haastrup, Helle Kannik, 7 Apr 2016, In: Celebrity Studies. 7, 3, p. 412-418

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    To be a female Hamlet: Asta Nielsen’s star image, cross-dressing films, and critical reception

    Haastrup, Helle Kannik, 3 Feb 2022, In: Kosmorama. 281

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  7. Published

    Being Ordinary as a Female Pop Star: Behind-the-scenes in musical documentary portraits of Jada and Beyoncé

    Haastrup, Helle Kannik, 1 Sep 2021, In: Journal of Scandinavian Cinema. 11, 3, p. 297-305

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  8. Published

    Hermione’s feminist book club: celebrity activism and cultural critique

    Haastrup, Helle Kannik, 21 Dec 2018, In: MedieKultur: Journal of media and communication research. 65, p. 98-116 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  9. Published

    Storytelling Intertextuality: From Django Unchained to The Matrix

    Haastrup, Helle Kannik, 2014, In: Film International. 12, 1, p. 85-97

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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