Eirik Jerven Berger

Eirik Jervern Berger
Pronouns: him/he/his

I came to MAPH in 2017 interested in Cinema and Media Studies and Cultural Policy, and ended up taking classes in Cinema and Media Studies, Cultural Policy, Sociology, and Anthropology. During my MAPH year I presented papers at the 20th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference, the 1st Annual Conference for Humanities Research by Graduate Students, and MAPH’s Works-in-Progress Conference. In addition to writing a thesis-length paper during MAPH, I also co-produced a documentary film with a group of University of Chicago filmmakers. Prior to MAPH I attended North Park University (in Chicago) where I majored in Media Studies and Sociology, played college football, and helped create and teach a course on Gender, Media, and Sports. I was born and raised in Oslo, Norway, where I grew up playing football (the American kind), skiing, running track, and practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I am always open to talking about the different ways martial arts and sports intersects with philosophy, media, health, and gender. As an international student and expat, I am fascinated by the many similarities and differences between American and Scandinavian culture and am interested in the way these cultures interact. Outside of MAPH I like to spend my time reading, writing, running, practicing yoga, and training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.