Bridging Worlds: Producing and Imagining the Transnational through TV Narratives

  • Eleni Sideri Dept. of Balkan, Slavic, and Oriental Studies University of Macedonia Greece School of Film Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts Aritotle University of Thessaloniki Greece
Keywords: Transnationalism, Imagination, TV Narrative, Nordic Noir, Bron/Broen, the Bridge


Globalization has transformed economic, political and social structures, but it also reshaped our perceptions of the world. These transformations influenced media narrative not only as products of big multinational corporates, but also, as stories. This paper, motivated by the success of the Nordic Noir police drama, Bron/ Broen and its adaptation by the US. channel Fox, explores how transnationalism permeates TV narratives generating new narrative worlds. Moreover, the work goes a step further examining how these narratives reimagine the transnational lifestyle and how this contributes to their success internationally. What happens when TV stories cross borders? And in what ways does transnationalism become an internal element of these narrative mobilities? But also, how is transnationalism narrative-generated, too?

Author Biography

Eleni Sideri, Dept. of Balkan, Slavic, and Oriental Studies University of Macedonia Greece School of Film Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts Aritotle University of Thessaloniki Greece
Eleni Sideri is a social anthropologist specialised in anthropology of migration and mobility. She holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies-University of London. She also holds a degree of film studies from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Fine Arts-Film School. She has published extensively in various international journals on issues of diasporas, transnational migration and mobility and she is the co-editor of the Religions and Migrations in the Black Sea Region (in press 2017). She is currently doing a post-doc on the film co-production in the South East Europe and the construction of a European identity.


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