Dr Inger-Lise Kalviknes Bore

Senior Lecturer

Birmingham School of Media
+44 (0)121 331 5676

Inger-Lise Bore is a Senior Lecturer in Birmingham School of Media.

She joined the University in 2009 after completing a PhD in television studies at Cardiff University. Her doctoral work explored the significance of gender and nationality in audience engagement with British and Norwegian TV comedy. Inger-Lise has an MA in television studies from the University of Bristol, and a BA (Hons) in journalism, film and broadcasting from Cardiff University. Before taking up her post at Birmingham City University, Inger-Lise taught at both Cardiff and Bath Spa University.

Inger-Lise is the author of Screen Comedy and Online Audiences (2017, Routledge), and she has published work on comedy audiences, fandom and climate change communication. She leads our MA in Screen Studies, supervises PhD students and BA dissertations, and teaches the undergraduate module Comedy in Media and Popular Culture. She welcomes postgraduate research applications focusing on popular comedy, media audiences or fandom. Inger-Lise is member of the Screen Cultures research group, the Centre for Media and Cultural Research, and the editorial board of the Journal of Gender Studies.

Social Media/Websites

Screen Comedy and Online Audiences

Twitter @PlingerLise

Inger-Lise Bore's blog


Areas of Expertise
  • Television
  • Screen audiences
  • Humour and comedy
  • Screen comedy
  • Environmental communication

Inger-Lise Bore's research focuses primarily on audiences and media users, including audience engagement with comedy, online practices and fandom. She is particularly interested in how audiences articulate cultural identities through their engagement with screen texts and how they evaluate films and TV programmes. Two of the key issues she has focused on are perceptions of women in comedy, and of national and transnational comedy.

More recently, she has examined how comedy audiences use different online spaces to discuss, review and play. Much of her work is collaborative, and involves colleagues from the Screen Cultures research group and from other universities. This includes a project (with Jon Hickman) on how The West Wing fans use Twitter to perform as characters from the show while engaging with real-world current affairs, as well as a study (with Dr Rebecca Williams, University of South Wales) of how an online community of Norwegian Twilight fans negotiated their position on the periphery of global Twilight fandom.

Inger-Lise's work has so far been disseminated through the monograph Screen Comedy and Online Audiences, as well as journal articles, conference papers and blog posts.


Bore, I.K. (2017) Screen Comedy and Online Audiences. New York: Routledge

Bore, I.K. and Reid, G. (2014) “Laughing in the Face of Climate Change? Satire as a Device for Engaging Audiences in Public Debate”. Science Communication 36(4): 454-478

Bore, I.-L.K. and Hickman, J. (2013) Studying fan activities on twitter: Reflections on methodological issues emerging from a case study on the west wing fandom. First Monday, 18 (9). ISSN 13960466

Bore, I.K. and Hickman, J. (2013) “Continuing The West Wing in 140 Characters or Less: Improvised Simulation on Twitter”. Journal of Fandom Studies 1(2): 219-238

'Focus Group Research and TV Comedy Audiences', Participations 9/2 2012.

'Reviewing Romcom: (100) IMDb Users and (500) Days of Summer', Participations 8/2, 144-164, 2011.

'Laughing Together? TV Comedy Audiences and the Laugh Track', The Velvet Light Trap 68, 24-34, 2011.

'Transnational TV Comedy Audiences', Television & New Media 12/4, 347-369 2011.

'Transnational Twilighters: A Twilight Fan Community in Norway', [with Rebecca Williams] in Melissa Click, Jennifer S. Aubrey and Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz (eds) Bitten By Twilight: Youth Culture, Media, and the Twilight Saga, Peter Lang, 2010.

'Undermining Comediennes: Audience Perceptions of Women in TV Comedy', Feminist Media Studies 10/4, 481-485, 2010.

'TV Comedy Audiences and Media Technology: A Comparative Study of Britain and Norway', Convergence 16/2, 185-200, 2010.

'(Un)Funny Women: TV Comedy Audiences and the Gendering of Humour', European Journal of Cultural Studies 13/2, 1-16, 2010.

'Negotiating Generic Hybridity: Audience Engagement with The Office', Continuum 23/1, 33-42, 2009.


'Let Bartlet Be Bartlet? The West Wing Continues on Twitter', [with Jon Hickman] Transforming Audiences 3: Online & Mobile Media, Everyday Creativity and DIY Culture, University of Westminster, September 2011.

'Transnational Fandom and the Twilight Phenomenon', [with Rebecca Williams] Edinburgh International Film Audiences Conference, Edinburgh, March 2011.

'What's Next? Carrying on the Conversations: The West Wing on Twitter', [with Jon Hickman] MeCCSA conference, Salford University, January 2011.

'"Too Much Filler" Comic Failure in Audience Engagement with The Office', MeCCSA conference, London School of Economics, January 2010.

'Judging Gavin and Stacey: Online Discussions of Quality and Sitcom Production' "What's Occurrin'?" Gavin and Stacey and the Contemporary Sitcom, University of Glamorgan, September 2009.

'Dull or Sophisticated? British TV comedy in Norway', Funny People Those Foreigners., Salford University, June 2008 International Conference on Comedy.

'Television Comedy Audiences and Discourses of Nationality and Humour', What Have You Got In That Box? International Conference on Comedy, Salford University, June 2007.