Call for Papers: ”Behind the Scenes? Minorities in Nordic Media Organizations”

Call for papers, Nordicom Review, ”Behind the Scenes? Minorities in Nordic Media Organizations”

Editors: Christian Christensen (Stockholm University) and Gunilla Hultén (Stockholm University)

In this special issue of Nordicom Review we invite proposals for papers addressing one of the most important, yet under-addressed issues in contemporary Nordic media and communication research: the presence and role of minorities working within Nordic media organizations. Research from the Nordic region (and beyond) on the representation of minorities in television and radio programming, as well as in films and print media, has provided valuable insights, yet these studies have not been complimented by work addressing work and representation “behind the scenes.” Thus, our understanding of the complex problems of minority representation – for example, stereotypical characters in television fiction or a lack of depth in news coverage – tend to stagnate at the organizational level.

For this special issue, scholars using a wide variety of methodologies and theoretical frameworks are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration. In addition, while we welcome scholarship looking at the place and role of minorities (or lack thereof) working within “traditional” and large-scale media organizations in the Nordic region, we would also like to see proposals for papers investigating the place and role (or lack thereof) of minorities in, for example, smaller-scale media outlets, local newspapers, alternative media, the tech industry, gaming, music production, etc. Finally, proposals for studies that examine the flow of staff across media outlets and platforms (such as movement from alternative and online organizations to larger, mainstream companies) are particularly welcome.

Deadline for abstracts: October 1, 2015 (400-500 words, indicating central questions, methodology, and theoretical framework)

Authors notified of decision: November 1, 2015

Deadline for completed articles: March 1, 2016 (max. 7000 words; followed by peer-review)

Preliminary publication date: Autumn 2016

For questions regarding the special issue contact: Christian Christensen (christian.christensen@ims.su.se) or Gunilla Hultén (gunilla.hulten@ims.su.se)

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