The Magazine and the City


Iver Tangen Stensrud defended his PhD thesis The magazine and the city – Architecture, urban life and the illustrated press in nineteenth-century Christiania at AHO on the 20th of June 2018.

Focusing on two illustrated periodicals, Skilling-Magazin (1835-1891) and Illustreret Nyhedsblad (1851-1866), the dissertation explores the relationships between the city and the magazine from two perspectives, investigating the magazine in the city and the city in the magazine. The nineteenth-century illustrated press was produced, distributed and read in the city, its editors, writers, engravers and printers being part of a developing urban culture. At the same time, its texts and images helped constitute the urban environment and engender an urban culture.

The thesis locates the printers, publishers, editors and image makers in the changing urban environment of Christiania. It discusses printing and publishing practices and enquire where, how and by whom these periodicals were produced, distributed and read. It then turns to the representations of the city in the magazine, looking at the modern city as it was represented in texts and images published in the illustrated press. Through case studies of the coverage of specific events and sites in the city, the thesis discusses the city as a spectacle, urban renewal and the changing nature of the political public.

“The thesis represents an original contribution to the specific discussion of the rise and influence of illustrated magazines in the growing urban culture of Christiania. It is one of the few studies of how illustrated magazines came to shape and influence urban culture in a smaller capital”, said professor Narve Fulsås from the university of Tromsø who was one of the opponent and members in the adjudication committee. Professor Barbara Penner from University College London and Associate Professor Jonny Aspen from AHO were also part of the committee.

The dissertation is available on-line here

The Printed and the Built project congratulates Iver Tangen Stensrud!



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