CFP: Disrupting Media Infrastructures

Call for submissions to Northern Lights, Volume 17, 2019 – Theme issue on:

Disrupting media infrastructures: Transforming media industries and public spheres

Volume editors: Kirsten Frandsen and Stig Hjarvard

During the recent decades digitization has enabled a fundamental disruption of many parts of the existing communication infrastructure of both the media industries and the larger society. Technological and institutional structures that have hitherto served as the underlying framework for mainly nationally oriented media systems have been disrupted by the emergence of new digital production, distribution, and communication technologies and business models. Media act in a double role as both objects of transformation an as agents of the disruptive forces with consequences for individual media’s performance and for the overall media structure and its interfaces with the wider society. Older media organizations and professions are struggling not only to develop new business models but also to invent new forms of content and ways of reaching and engaging users. As a result, new forms of distribution, new strategic alliances, and new types of collaboration are emerging nationally and transnationally. Furthermore, the ability to steer developments through national public policies has diminished, leaving regulators and policy makers with still fewer options to influence the communicative infrastructure of society.

Disruption is often related to changing distribution models, including the general transition from push to pull modes of distribution. Public and private broadcasters’ live and flow based services are giving way to on-demand and streaming services. Legacy news media are losing control over their distribution platforms (newspapers and websites) when audiences increasingly find their news through social network media. The ubiquity of digital media has made data about audiences and users a key commodity and the automated and intelligent processing of information about users’ digital footprints allows for much more sophisticated forms of marketing, targeting individual users with customized advertising and content recommendations. Disruption has often been instigated by global agents such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon that in some regions of the world have acquired near-monopoly status within particular areas such as search-based advertising, social network media, and online shopping. These companies’ control over key networks and technologies raises a series of questions regarding the national media companies’ ability to successfully adapt to a digital infrastructure. Especially because the global companies are now using their distribution-based wealth to establish themselves as important media content producers in genres such as television drama series and news.

The consequences of disruption are manifold and appear within several domains. Within media industries the disruption of the value chain entails the break-up of existing models and circuits of production and distribution making existing professional skills and values (e.g. within journalism) obsolete and prompting industries to look for new types of competences (e.g. within computer technology) and new types of collaborative partnerships and sources of revenue. At the societal level the communicative infrastructure for governance is being altered, including the ways in which media systems are able to sustain a democratic public sphere. With the growing role of social network media and on-demand services, the existing rationalities for public service media are increasingly being tested. Disruption as a socio-economic phenomenon therefore raises questions that are not limited to the media industry: How is the global context and push towards neoliberal policies affecting national political governance of media systems both ideologically and in practice?

Northern Light calls for papers exploring how disruption of the media infrastructure relates to transformation both within media industries and in a wider societal context. Research topics may include but are not restricted to:

  • Changes in media business models and challenges for legacy news media and public service media.
  • Development of push and pull models of media content distribution
  • Media content production for on-demand audiences and users
  • Emerging strategic alliances and collaborations in distribution and/or content production
  • Global tech companies and their influence on disruption of global and national media markets
  • Datafication and the value of consumer intelligence; new forms of audience/user data gathering
  • Transforming advertising: the demise of mass media models of advertising, search based advertising models, etc.
  • The political economy of disruption: the interplay between globalization, neoliberal policies, and technology development
  • Changes of the media infrastructure and the implication for the performance of the public sphere

Considering the overall theme of this volume, all submissions must analytically or theoretically be committed to engage with the processes and effects of ‘disruption’.


Please send an extended abstract of 500-600 words to volume editors Associate Professor Kirsten Frandsen ( and Professor Stig Hjarvard (

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 March, 2018

Time Schedule

Notification to authors about acceptance: 15 April 2018

Final article submission:  25 August, 2018

Publication: Spring 2019

Peer review

The journal is using anonymous peer review of the final submission, two for each article. Initial acceptance of abstract to submit a full article does not guarantee publication. Final acceptance of an article is dependent on both the outcome of peer reviews and the editors’ decision.

About the journal

Northern Lights is a peer reviewed international journal dedicated to studies of media. The yearbook is a meeting place for Nordic, European and global perspectives on media. The editors stress the importance of interdisciplinary research and the journal focuses on the interplay between media and their cultural and social context. Media have emerged as important institutions of modern society at the same time as mobile and interactive media technologies become integrated into the fabric of the wider culture and society. The development of new social networks, changes in political communication and governance, and the changing relationship between art, culture, and commercial markets are important aspect of these new dynamics.

Political Communication in Networked Societies

New volume of Northern Lights

Volume editors: Eli Skogerbø and Risto Kunelius
ISSN: 1601829X. Online ISSN: 20400586. Volume 15, issue 1, chief editor: Stig Hjarvard.
Website at Intellect Press:,id=3367/

Table of content

Editorial: Introduction – political communication in networked societies. Authors: Skogerbø, Eli; Kunelius, Risto.

Political communication in an age of visual connectivity: Exploring Instagram practices among Swedish politicians. Authors: Ekman, Mattias; Widholm, Andreas.

Facebook and local newspapers’ effect on local politicians’ popularity. Authors: Elvestad, Eiri; Johannessen, Marius Rohde.

Translocal empowerment communication: Mediated networks of civil society organizations for political empowerment. Author: Kannengießer, Sigrid.

Video activism in the Brazilian protests: Genres, narratives and political participation. Authors: de Sousa, Ana Lúcia Nunes; Cervi, Laura.

Image, self-presentation and political communication in the age of interconnection: An alternative understanding of the mediatization of politics. Author: Archetti, Cristina.

The mediatization of politics in the hybrid media system: The case of Italian political journalism. Authors: Splendore, Sergio; Rega, Rossella.

Facebook and political participation: Going beyond over-optimistic predictions. Author: Casteltrione, Isidoropaolo.

The world as seen by a Prime Minister: Italian PM Matteo Renzi on his spin doctor’s Instagram page. Author: Buscemi, Francesco.

CFP: Surveillance: Through media, by media, in media

Call for submissions to Northern Lights, Volume 16 – Theme issue on:

Surveillance: Through media, by media, in media

Volume editors: Göran Bolin and Anne Jerslev

Following the spread of digital media, the interdisciplinary field of surveillance studies has raised a prominent agenda, engaging scholars from the humanities and the social sciences alike. Although surveillance as an activity presupposes the involvement of media technologies and images and often involves media organizations, the specific role of the media in these activities has not been sufficiently dealt with.

The increased opportunities for corporate businesses and state administrations to monitor customer and citizen behavior around the clock raise a range of media-related questions of ethical, legislative and political nature, concerning privacy, citizenry, power and individual rights vs. the common good included in an open digital information architecture. However, surveillance is also present in the media, aesthetically and thematically. The increased possibility of surveillance and the many levels of monitoring made possible in society are critically examined and challenged in contemporary media practices. What could be labeled a ‘surveillance aesthetics’ seems to be part and parcel of communicative strategies and audiovisual experiments in photography, film and television series – from constructions of different panoptic points of view to embodied, subjective points of view – just like surveillance is prominent as theme, discourse and narrative structure in a range of programs on diverse platforms as well as in news media.

For this issue of Northern Lights, we invite articles that critically analyze and discuss the role of media in various forms of monitoring and surveillance in society. This includes issues regarding the ways media technologies both enact and facilitate surveillance and how different media genres, platforms and technologies facilitate monitoring such as the corporate monitoring of media audiences, media users and customers through various forms of (big) data. Moreover, articles may discuss one or more of political and ethical themes raised by mediated surveillance on different levels from discussions of national and transnational privacy protection laws to discussions of everyday practices within an environment characterized by ubiquitous surveillance technologies. Finally, articles may discuss how surveillance functions as (audio)visual practices.

Themes include (but are not restricted to):

  • Surveillance aesthetics in (audio)visual media
  • Surveillance and privacy
  • Surveillance and social media platforms
  • Media historical perspectives on monitoring and surveillance
  • Analyses of systems of monitoring and surveillance in relation to digital media
  • Distinctions between audience analysis and surveillance
  • Media coverage of surveillance post-Snowden
  • Analysis of attitudes to surveillance and monitoring by different groups of new media users
  • Sousveillance and the critique of power
  • Panspectric practices in marketing
  • The role of big data in surveillance systems

Please send an extended abstract of 500-600 words to volume editor Professor Göran Bolin:

Deadline for abstract submission: 3 April 2017
Notification to authors: 21 April 2017
Final article submission: 1 September 2017
Publication: Spring 2018

Additional information about the journal is available on Intellect’s website:,id=143/view,page=2/


New volume of Northern Lights: Film and Media Studies Yearbook

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Volume editors: Gunhild Agger and Mette Mortensen.

Chief editor: Stig Hjarvard. ISSN: 1601829X. Online ISSN: 20400586. Volume 14, issue 1, Intellect Press:,id=3136/



Gunhild Agger and Mette Mortensen: ”Television drama in the age of media convergence”

Vilde Schanke Sundet: ”Still ‘Desperately seeking the audience’? Audience making in the age of media convergence (the Lilyhammer experience)”

Jakob Isak Nielsen: ”Points of contact, points of distance: DR/TV 2 meet HBO/Netflix”

Lothar Mikos: ”Television drama series and transmedia storytelling in an era of convergence”

Heidi Keinonen: ”From serial drama to transmedia storytelling: How to re-articulate television aesthetics in the post-broadcast era”

Gunhild Agger: ”The development of transnationality in Danish Noir – from Unit One to The Team”

Casper Tybjerg: ”Devil-nets of clues: True Detective and the search for meaning”

Ushma Chauhan Jacobsen and Pia Majbritt Jensen: ”Born European, born regional, or born global? Language convergence in The Team”

Michael L. Wayne: ”Post-network audiences and cable crime drama”

Jackie Raphael and Celia Lam Marvel: ”Media convergence: Cult following and buddy banter”


Den store, årlige og autoritative rapport om danskernes mediebrug er netop udkommet. Du kan bl.a. læse om, hvordan unge og ældres forbrug af traditionelle medier bevæger sig i hver sin retning, mens de ældre kommer godt med på digitale medier. Avisernes læserflugt er indtil videre bremset, og radiolytningen er i fremgang. Og så bruger vi stadigt flere penge på medier: Fra 1994 til 2014 er den andel, de medierelaterede forbrugsposter udgør af husstandenes samlede forbrug, steget fra 5,5 % til 11,9 %.
Rapporten er et overflødighedshorn af statistik og analyser af medieforbruget, herunder nyhedslæsning, brug af internet og mobiltelefon samt tv-streaming.
Læs den samlede rapport her:
Læs det sammenfattende kapitel om udviklingen her:
Læs pressemeddelelsen her:

CFP: Political communication in networked societies

Call for submissions to Northern Lights, Volume 15 – Theme issue on:

Political communication in networked societies

Volume editors: Eli Skogerbø and Risto Kunelius

Politics and political communication take place in an increasingly networked, multi-level environment. At the same time, small and large societies alike share major political challenges. Topics such as migration, terrorism and climate change are increasingly discussed on global media networks and through Northern Lights coverpersonal and social media, creating new connections, new constellations of actors and new dynamics in our systems of political communication. Northern Lights invites papers that tackle these changes and challenges in political communication from diverse perspectives and with different methods.

Political processes and decision-making demand political communication. Whether we refer to politicians, organised interests, journalists, citizens or other actors, political communication is important for attitude formation, knowledge and action. Over the past decades, the number of researchers has increased; the research field has expanded thematically and methodologically; and a range of new and old media forms and formats have become objects of study. While there is substantial knowledge of how some of the new social media have been integrated into political communication, there are fewer studies of how the hybridization of the public sphere has an impact on political governance.

Politics is about the governance of society, cooperation and conflict, values and interests. Political communication, accordingly, refers to any use of symbols to act politically and to influence governance. Traditionally, research on political communication has often been tied to national elections and election campaigns. It has provided in-depth analysis of the relationships among elite political actors inside the political system. However, as changes in the communication landscape enable new issues and actors to play new roles, we need to pay more attention to the affordances of the networked, intensively-connected environment, its emerging logic, encounters, and communication practices. Of particular interest today are studies of non-elected political actors and the different strategies, ways and registers with which they communicate to gain influence over political outcomes. Whereas political communication has often concentrated on the triangle of politicians, journalists and citizens/audiences, we open this volume to studies involving a wider set of political actors and interests – including, e.g., bureaucrats, communication advisors, leaders of corporations and organisations, and citizens’ groups.

We encourage articles that study political communication at all levels of politics – from the local to the regional and global levels. Of particular interest are comparative studies over time, across political systems, or between levels of politics.

Research topics may include but are not restricted to:

  • Political actors and communicative forms: What new kinds of political actors are emerging in the wake of the hybridization of public spheres? How do different actors communicate? What does the abundance of channels mean for the contact between actors and citizens? How do different types of actors benefit or suffer from the changes in media technologies and structures?
  • Political journalism: How does the emerging communicative abundance shift power relations between elite sources and journalists? What are the emerging trends in professional political journalism? Are new developments articulated in different ways in different contexts and regions?
  • Political content: What formats and genres are political? How are different formats and genres adapted to networked politics? What is the impact of particular political issues – such as immigration, the environment, or security/terrorism – on the forms and dynamics of political communication? How are issues politicised in the transnational and hybrid public sphere?
  • Political processes: What signifies political communication in networked societies?  What is the significance of “connective action” (Bennett & Segerberg 2013) for political communication? Is there a new role for “affective publics” (Papacharissi 2014) and emotions in political processes? Does the “hybrid media system” (Chadwick 2013) mean shifts in communicative power? How are communication strategies in election campaigns changing? What new roles do social movements play in particular political processes – and how do they function?
  • Mediation and mediatization of politics: A wide body of recent literature has been working on the mediatization of politics – also in relation to new media. How does mediatization research contribute to the understanding of the structural and institutional changes in media and politics and, thus, in political communication?

Please send an extended abstract of 500-600 words to volume editor Professor Eli Skogerbø (

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 April 2016

Notification to authors: 15 April 2016
Final article submission: 1 September 2016
Publication: Spring 2017

Additional information about the journal is available on the Intellect Press website:,id=143/view,page=2/


New Directions in Mediatization Research: Culture, Conflict and Organizations

International research seminar, October 1-2, 2015.

Venue: University of Copenhagen, Amager Campus, Auditorium 27.0.17.

Mediatization research has now established itself as a prominent theoretical framework and a field of empirical inquiry. The first wave of mediatization studies was concerned with the study of mass media and their influence not least on the political system. The second wave of mediatization research has broadened the scope and considered mass media, interpersonal media, and social network media in relation to a wider set of social and cultural domains like sports, family and conflict. In this international seminar we want to make a status of the field of mediatization research at the same time as we would like to look ahead and discuss possible developments and challenges, both theoretically and empirically.

The agenda of this seminar is divided into three thematic areas within which mediatization research has made recent contributions: Culture, conflict, organization. A fourth theme concerns the status and future of the field of mediatization research. Each of the themes will be addressed by a series of keynote presentations.

To register for this seminar with or without paper, please read the full cfp:

Confirmed speakers for the seminar include:

Marian Thomas Adolf, Associate Professor, Department of Communication & Cultural Management, Zeppelin University

Lynn Schofield Clark, Professor, Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies University of Denver

Knut Lundby, Professor, Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo

Peter Lunt, Professor, Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester

Josef Pallas, Associate professor, Department of Business Studies, Uppsala University

Caja Thimm, Professor, Department of Language, Media and Music, University of Bonn

Nyt nummer af Tidsskrift for Medier, Erkendelse og Formidling

Det nye nummer Tidsskrift for Medier, Erkendelse og Formidling er udkommet. Læs om ‘lurking’ på sociale medier, New Danish Screen, japansk porno-animation, politisk retorik og mange andre emner.

Du kan læse tidsskriftet her:

The new issue of Journal of Media, Cognition and Communication has been published. Read about lurkers on social media, New Danish Screen, Japanese adult animation, political rhetoric and many other themes.

You may read the journal here:

A flyer with an overview of all articles is available here: MEF TIDSSKRIFT DEC14


CFP: Television Drama in the Age of Media Convergence

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Call for submissions to Northern Lights, Volume 16 – Themed Issue on: Television Drama in the Age of Media Convergence. Read the full call at the link below. Send extended abstracts of 500-600 words to volume editors Professor Gunhild Agger ( and Associate Professor Mette Mortensen (

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 April 2015
Notification of authors: 15 April 2015
Final article submission: 1 September 2015
Publication: Spring 2016
Additional information about the journal is available on the Intellect Press website:,id=143/view,page=


“New Media Talk” – Nyt nummer af Northern Ligths

Nyt nummer af Northern Lights: Film & Media Studies Yearbook er udkommet
Volume editor: Professor Anne Jerslev


Anne Jerslev: “New media talk – an introduction”
Åsa Kroon Lundell: “Cross-platform television: Superliveness, metadiscourse and complex audience orientation in a sports journalism production on the web”
Erica Huls and Naomi Pijnenburg: “Challenging neutrality: Invoking extra parties in political TV-interviews”
Anna Roosvall: “Beyond dialogue: Exploring solidarity as a mode of communication through a debate on readers’ comments to online news”
David Levin and Sigal Barak-Brandes: “Belonging to neo-tribes or just glocal youth talk: Jewish Israeli adolescent girls representing themselves on Facebook”
Line Nybro Petersen: “Sherlock fans talk: Mediatized talk on tumblr”
Anne Jerslev: “Talking about Angelina – celebrity gossip on the Internet”
Mette Simonsen Abildgaard: “A telephone between us: Enabling/disabling talk on P4 i P1’s phone-in Tværs”
Ditte Laursen and Kjetil Sandvik: “Talking with TV shows: Simultaneous conversations between users and producers in the second-screen television production Voice”

Om Northern Lights

Northern Lights udgives af Intellect Press
Chief editor: Professor Stig Hjarvard
Editorial board: Gunhild Agger, Göran Bolin, Anne Jerslev, Risto Kunelius, Mette Mortensen og Eli Skogerbø.



Conference: Books and publishing in a digital age

April 29-30, 2014, University of Copenhagen, KUA, Karen Blixens Vej 4, Auditorium 22.0.11

Confirmed keynote speakers: James Collins, Tore Slaatta and John B. Thompson

The conference will focus on the digital revolution of the book and consider how this is transforming the book as a medium in terms of technology, industry, aesthetics and culture. In addition to keynote lectures invited paper presentations will address:

  • E-books: developments and influence on production, distribution and reading of digital books vis-à-vis print books
  • Changes in the publishing industry: new value chains and gatekeepers, the role of digital standards, acquisitions of rights, bestsellerism and big books, etc.
  • Convergence between books and other media: cross-media storytelling, cross-media promotion, etc.
  • The role of the book reader in a converging media culture: multimodal texts and reading experiences, the reader as reviewer, etc.
  • The changing role of public libraries and cultural policies regarding book publishing and distribution.

Registration: Participation in conference is free, but advance registration is necessary. Please register via email to project secretary Josephine Poulsen: no later than April 16, 2014.

Submission of paper proposals: In addition to keynote presentations there will be a number of paper presentations of ongoing research. The conference invites proposals for paper presentations related to the overall theme. Abstracts (max. 300 words) must be submitted before March 31, 2014, to project secretary Josephine Poulsen:

The conference is organized by the research program The Mediatization of Culture: The Challenge of New Media. Please find more information at the website:


PhD course: Journalism, New media and Civic Engagement

University of Copenhagen: 19th-20th of May, 2014  (9:30 am – 4 pm both days)

The institutions and practices of journalism are undergoing a major shift as the Internet has reconfigured payment mechanisms, delivery systems, and issues of expertise and credibility for news. At the same time, the urban populations of the world are becoming more densely diverse. The intersection of these two trends results in a need to rethink the relationship. John Dewey once theorized between news, civic engagement, diverse communities, and political competency.  Which theoretical models are most helpful in addressing the current situation?  How can current doctoral research into practices of news consumption and news sharing contribute to these understandings?

Digital media technologies are often associated with processes of democratization of the public sphere and of civic engagement with the enhanced access to creating and disseminating media content. One example is the professional news media’s appropriation of non-professional images in the coverage of major political events, such as the Arab Spring, which renders the points of view of citizens/participants visible in the public realm to an extent not seen before, but which also changes the traditional roles of professional journalists and their sources. Another example is the seemingly vibrant cultural public sphere which constitutes itself on numerous, in particular, non-institutionalized websites, where ordinary citizens – cultural consumers or amateurs – engage in proliferating cultural debates and reviewing, providing and exchanging experience-based cultural evaluations. This, again, points to changing relations between producers and users, in this case of cultural criticism.

In addition to discussions of research that explore these and related issues, this doctoral seminar features a discussion of new ethnographically based research that’s soon to be published by Lynn Schofield Clark (University of Denver) and Regina Marchi (Rutgers University).  Titled, Young People and the Future of News and picking up a discussion started by David Mindich, David Buckingham, Mark Bauerlein and others on young people and the future of democracy, this research outlines five different ways in which U.S. young people (ages 15 – 25) approach news, and how news from various sources are integrated into their lives, communities, and politics.  Clark and Marchi argue that emergent news practices may share more in common with late 19th century than with late 20th century patterns, and it will be important for all constituents to understand these differing cultural patterns of news consumption/sharing in order to plan for democracy’s future.

The following senior researchers will contribute as presenters and discussants:

  • Professor Lynn Schofield Clark, University of Denver, Visiting Professor at University of Copenhagen spring 2014.
  • Stig Hjarvard, Professor, University of Copenhagen
  • Nete Nørgaard Kristensen, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen

Preparation: As preparation for the course, the doctoral students are required to read a compendium in addition to the submitted papers by doctoral students.

ECTS: 1,4 for participation; 2,9 for participation and presentation of paper.

Registration: please register no later than the 7th of April 2014.

Paper: Please submit your paper no later than the 28th of April 2014 to

Additional information:


Call for papers to Northern Lights: Books and Publishing in a Digital Age

Call for papers to Northern Lights: Film and Media Studies Yearbook, volume 13 – Themed Issue on:

Books and Publishing in a Digital Age

The book is one of the oldest and still most important media but the medium of the book is currently undergoing important transformations both in terms of technology, industry structure, cultural policies, and aesthetic possibilities. The proliferation of the e-book has changed the ways in which books are produced, stored, distributed and read, but other forms of new media also come to influence the book as a medium. The web and social network media allow readers to publish and share their own work, enable book readers to review and criticize literature and thereby bypassing traditional cultural gatekeepers like literary reviewers.

Global media players like Google, Amazon and Apple have introduced new forms of libraries, bookstores and business models and public libraries are undergoing significant developments transforming themselves from book archives to information service providers. Digital media open for new aesthetic possibilities of multi-modal books and allow readers to interact with the text.

Traditionally, the book as a medium has been influenced by the literary institution (defining the book as an object of art or culture) and the educational institution (defining the book as the preferred medium for learning), which in both cases have structured the ways in which books have been published, distributed and read. With the growing technological, institutional and aesthetic convergence between the media, the book is now becoming more integrated into a global and digital media culture.

In this volume of Northern Lights we will focus on the digital revolution of the book and consider how it is transforming the book as a medium in terms of technology, industry, aesthetics and culture.

Topics of article proposals may include (but are not restricted to):

  • E-books: developments and influence on production, distribution and reading of digital books vis-à-vis print books
  • Changes in the publishing industry: new value chains and gatekeepers, the role of digital standards, acquisitions of rights, bestsellerism and big books, etc.
  • Convergence between books and other media: cross-media storytelling, cross-media promotion, multimodal texts and reading experiences, etc.
  • The role of libraries: new practices and cultural obligations for public libraries in a context of global media businesses
  • Readers as writers and literary reviewers: how digital media allow readers to become producers and cultural intermediaries in a new publishing circuit

Send abstracts of 3-400 words to Professor Stig Hjarvard (; volume editor) and Associate Professor Rasmus Helles (; guest editor).

Deadline for abstract submission: May 15 2014.

Notification of authors: 30 May 2014
Final article submission: 1 October 2014
Publication: Spring 2015.

Additional information about the journal at the website of Intellect Press:,id=143/view,page=2/

Nyt nummer af Tidsskrift for Medier, Erkendelse og Formidling


Hoved MEF-tidsskriftAndet nummer af Tidsskrift for Medier, Erkendelse og Formidling er udkommet. Læs det online på Det Kongelige Bibliotek.


Det nye nummer rummer bl.a. artikler om filmiske virkemidler i Den hemmelige Krig (af Nikolaj Ottosen-Støtt), internettets betydning for civilsamfund og demokratisering i Vietnam (af Emilie Taulø-Jacobsen) og analyser af Alien-filmene (af Ulf Houe). Tidsskriftet kan læses her

Tidsskriftets formål er at publicere videnskabelige artikler inden for fagområderne film- og medievidenskab, filosofi, kommunikation og it, pædagogik og retorik. Tidsskriftet vil i særlig grad stimulere til, at talentfulde studerende og unge forskere får en mulighed for at bringe deres arbejder videre ud i en faglig og videnskabelig offentlighed. Tidsskriftet er underlagt fagfællebedømmelse og anvender open access. Tidsskriftet udgives og redigeres af en redaktion ved Institut for Medier, Erkendelse og Formidling ved Københavns Universitet med professor Stig Hjarvard som chefredaktør.


Sociology of Film and/or Media: Assistant/associate professorship

The Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, invites applications for an assistant/associate professorship in Sociology of Film and/or Media to be filled by 1 February 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The successful candidate must possess documented research and teaching qualifications in Sociology of film and/or media. Documented experience with for instance analyses of media institutions, digital media industries, global and local film markets, interplay between media, politics and the wider society as well as experience with a plurality of methods (for instance surveys, data mining or observation), will be considered an advantage in assessing applicants.
Please read the full advertisement and procedure for application here:

The closing date for applications is 23:59 CET, 30 September 2013.

New volume of Northern Lights: Film & Media Studies Yearbook

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Volume editors: Göran Bolin and Eli Skogerbø.

Chief editor: Stig Hjarvard. ISSN: 1601829X. Online ISSN: 20400586. Volume 11, issue 1, Intellect Press:,id=2441/



Göran Bolin and Eli Skogerbø: “Editorial: Age, generation and the media”

Veronika Kalmus, Anu Masso and Marju Lauristin: “Preferences in media use and perception of inter-generational differences among age groups in Estonia: A cultural approach to media generations”

Nathalie Claessens: “Nursing home residents’ media use from a life course perspective”

Tim Riley: “Self-initiated (re)education of digital technology in retired content creators”

Andra Siibak and Virge Tamme: “”˜Who introduced Granny to Facebook?’: An exploration of everyday family interactions in web-based communication environments”

Laura SÅ«na: “”˜Senior pop music?’ The role of folk-like schlager music for elderly people”

Åsa Jernudd: “Cinema memory: National identity as expressed by Swedish elders in an oral history project”

Signe Opermann: “Understanding changing news media use: Generations and their media vocabulary”

Oscar Westlund and Lennart Weibull: “Generation, life course and news media use in Sweden 1986–2011”

Piermarco Aroldi and Fausto Colombo: “Questioning ”˜digital global generations’. A critical approach”


Nyt tidsskrift for medier, erkendelse og formidling

Hoved MEF-tidsskriftFørste nummer af Tidsskrift for Medier, Erkendelse og Formidling / Journal of Media, Cognition and Communication er netop udkommet.


Tidsskriftets formål er at publicere videnskabelige artikler inden for fagområderne film- og medievidenskab, filosofi, kommunikation og it, pædagogik og retorik. Tidsskriftet vil i særlig grad stimulere til, at talentfulde studerende og unge forskere får en mulighed for at bringe deres arbejder videre ud i en faglig og videnskabelig offentlighed. Tidsskriftet er underlagt fagfællebedømmelse og anvender open access. Tidsskriftet udgives og redigeres af en redaktion ved Institut for Medier, Erkendelse og Formidling ved Københavns Universitet med professor Stig Hjarvard som chefredaktør.

Første nummer rummer bl.a. artikler om udenrigskorrespondenters arbejde i Kina (af Jacob Bay Johansen), Afrika på film (af Morten Vejlgaard Just), radioavisens sproglige udvikling (af Thea Feveile Sejr Hansen) og magtens former i netværkssamfundet (af Manuel Castells). Tidsskriftet kan læses her:

New Media Talk – CFP – Northern Lights

Northern Lights – Call for Papers: Volume 12 – Themed volume on:

New media talk

Volume editor: Professor Anne Jerslev

”˜If all else failed, there was talk’, Paddy Scannell observes in his Television & New Media article about Big Brother (2002). In many ways this observation is emblematic of what is going on in the new media landscape of today. Mediated talk seems to be flourishing and talk which was formerly primarily non-mediated has now entered the public mediated space in the form of different kinds of participatory activities – on Facebook and Twitter, on discussion forums, online chat rooms, blogs, etc. New media technologies enable new possibilities for ”˜face-to-face’ talk and provide platforms for new kinds of talk; online small-talk and chat, postings and comments on commentary sites and social networking sites, confessional first-person close-ups talking directly to the user, and sms-comments to a political talkshow are all examples of communication enabled by new media. Correspondingly, viewers are invited to participate in all kinds of programs on all kinds of platforms by uploading opinions, talking back, gossiping, chatting online, making their own talk-videos, etc. Not to forget how mediated talk constructs sociability and influences non-mediated sociability.

The theme “New Media Talk” should be understood in two ways: “talk in new media” and “new forms of media talk”. In other words, this volume of Northern Lights focuses on the importance of new media for the development of forms and functions of different kinds of talk and the changes brought about to talk-genres and forms of talk in both ”˜new’ and ”˜old’ media.

Research topics may include (but are not restricted to):
• Discussions on the Internet related to different genres and media, including film
• Changes in broadcast talk genres influenced by new media
• Twitter talk and Facebook talk
• The use of sms-talk in different program contexts
• Anonymous discussion contra discussion by named participants on the internet
• Celebrity gossip
• Reality television talk and gossip
• Video conferences and the construction of presence
• Skype talk as face to face communication
• Live talk and the construction of presence in talk genres
• Talking heads in new media
• Sociability and talk in new and old media

Send abstracts of 3-400 words to Professor Anne Jerslev (volume editor):
Deadline for abstract submission: May 1st 2013.
Notification of authors: 25 May 2013
Final article submission: 1 October 2013.
Read the full call for papers and additional information aboutNorthern Lights, including style guide for authors, at,id=143/


Mediatization and New Media – International Workshop in Copenhagen

International research workshop by ECREA TWG Mediatization

March 15-16, 2013 * University of Copenhagen, Denmark

New media like the Internet and mobile phones have come to play a crucial role in contemporary culture and society. They have not only reconfigured the entire media landscape and transformed older forms of mass media but have become integrated into the very fabric of social life in a variety of social, political and cultural domains. In this research workshop we will consider the influence of new media through the theoretical framework of mediatization. Mediatization has emerged as a key concept to theorize and empirically investigate how media are implicated in social and cultural change across a variety of domains like family life, work, politics, economy, religion and warfare. Early mediatization theory was focused on the influence of mass media and the spread of new media may both question key propositions of mediatization theory and provide evidence for a more pronounced and complex mediatization of social, political and cultural phenomena. New media reconfigure and diversify processes of communication and interaction at the same time as they become institutionalized and come to influence new patterns of power relationships.

Read the full call for papers here.

The workshop will comprise approx. 25-35 researchers; precedence will be given to paper presenters. Participants will have to cover their own travel expenses and hotel. University of Copenhagen will provide lunch, coffee and tea during the two days.

We encourage contributions from different academic perspectives on mediatization. Please send your abstracts (not more than 300 words) by Monday 14th of January 2013 to secretary Agnete Mette Juul: Questions concerning the topic of the workshop may be addressed to Professor Stig Hjarvard:

The workshop is organized by the ECREA TWG on Mediatization ( in cooperation with the Research Program The Mediatization of Culture: The Challenge of New Media at University of Copenhagen:

Doctoral seminar December 3-5, 2012: The Media and the Public Sphere

The Media and the Public Sphere: Past Receptions and Future Applications of Jürgen Habermas’ Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit

Time: From Monday, December 3, at 2 pm to Wednesday December 5 at 4 pm (2½ day)

ECTS: 3,4 points (presenting paper) – 1,9 point (with preparation but without paper)

Location: University of Copenhagen, Southern Campus (KUA), and University of Aalborg, Copenhagen Campus

50 years ago Jürgen Habermas published his seminal work Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit. Untersuchungen zu einer Kategorie der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft (1962). His theory about the structural transformation of the public sphere and later his theory of communicative action have influenced media and communication studies throughout the world and his work continues to be an indispensable reference in our theorizing about mediated public spheres, political and cultural citizenship, and the changing borders between societal spheres.

In this doctoral seminar we will critically examine the historical reception of Habermas’ work within media and communication studies in Germany and the Nordic countries and discuss its future application in studies considering the conditions of new media and a globalized and mediatized culture and society.

Combining presentations from senior scholars and doctoral students, the seminar will provide an opportunity for doctoral students to get feedback on their own projects. A reader will be distributed ahead of the course.

Scheduled presentations from senior lecturers:

Jostein Gripsrud, Professor, Dept. of Information Science and Media Studies, Bergen University:
“My life (as a Nordic media scholar) with Habermas’ Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit”.

Hans-Jörg Trenz, Professor, Centre for Modern European Studies, University of Copenhagen:
“Public sphere and mass media: towards reconciliation”

Rasmus Helles, Associate Professor, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen:
“Enough of a good thing. On handling the normative dimensions of Habermas’ communicative sociology in empirical projects.”

Mikkel Fugl Eskjær, Associate Professor, University of Aalborg, Copenhagen Campus:
“Differentiation/de-differentiation: the media and the public sphere”

Stig Hjarvard, Professor, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen:
“The public sphere – between mediatization and globalization”

Deadline for registration is October 15, 2012.

Doctoral students should submit their own presentation no later than November 5, 2012.

Information available here:

Registration at University of Copenhagen here:

You may contact Professor Stig Hjarvard, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication for information about the program:

Inquiries concerning registration, please contact Tatjana Crnogorac at PhD Studies: