CfP: NordMedia 2017 conference: Mediated Realities – Global Challenges

NordMedia invites you to submit abstracts and panel session proposals for the NordMedia 2017 conference that will be held on August 17 – 19, 2017 in Tampere, Finland. NordMedia is biannual conference organized by Nordic media research associations in cooperation with Nordic Information Centre for Media and Communication Research NORDICOM.

The submission period is January 9-February 17, 2017.

The theme for the 2017 conference is “Mediated Realities – Global Challenges”. The conference takes a critical approach to the mediated realities of contemporary social and cultural institutions, identities and everyday life and sheds light on the debates over mediation and mediatization in relation to global challenges. Read more about the conference theme from our website


Conference Divisions & Temporary Working Groups 

All submissions must be addressed to a specific conference division or temporary working groupNordMedia 2017 conference features 10 divisions and 8 temporary working groups. Complete descriptions of the divisions and theworking groups can be found on the conference website: 



Division 1 – Environment, Science and Risk Communication

Division 2 – Journalism

Division 3 – Media and Communication History

Division 4 – Media, Globalization and Social Change

Division 5 – Media Literacy and Media Education

Division 6 – Media Management, Economics and Policy

Division 7 – Organization, Communication and Society

Division 8 – Political Communication

Division 9 – Theory, Philosophy and Ethics of Communication

Division 10 – Television and Film Studies


Temporary Working Groups 

TWG1 – Media & Religion 

TWG2 – Digital Games & Playful Media

TWG3 – Gender and the Media

TWG4 – Media and Celebrity Culture

TWG5 – Onlife: Digital Media Sociology in a Digital Cross-Platform World

TWG6 – Media Across the Life Course

TWG7 – Visual Communication & Culture

TWG8 – Audience Studies


Abstract Submission Guidelines  

The submission period for abstracts is January 9 – February 17, 2017.

All abstracts must be addressed to a specific conference division or temporary working group.

All abstracts submitted to NordMedia 2017 conference must contain the following elements: 1) Theoretical framework of the study, 2) The methodology used to conduct the study, 3) Description of the research material, 4) The key findings of the study (for completed projects), and 5) Author’s contact information.

The word limit for abstracts is 600 words.  

Incomplete abstracts will not be reviewed. Abstracts cannot be modified once they have been submitted. 

The abstracts should be written in clear and concise English.  

Submission of multiple abstracts is allowed, but please note that you can only be the main author in one paper. If multiple abstract submissions from the same participant are accepted, the author must decide which one he or she will participate with. However, you can still be a co-author in other accepted papers in addition to the main one.

All abstracts must be submitted using the online system provided. To submit your abstract, please click on the following link:

The submission deadline for abstracts is 17th of February 2017. Notification regarding acceptance or rejection of abstract will be sent to the presenting author by email by the end of March 2017.


Panel Session Proposal Submission Guidelines 

Several thematically parallel abstracts can be combined to form a panel session proposal for NordMedia 2017 conference. The ideal number of presentations in a single panel is 3–5. All panel session proposals must contain:

1) Name of the contact person responsible for the panel session

2) Brief description of the panel theme

3) List of panelists and their contact information  

4) The abstracts of the papers to be presented within the panel session

The submission period for panel session proposals is January 9 – February 17, 2017.

All panel session proposals must be addressed to a specific conference division or temporary working group.

A panel session proposal must include the name of the contact person for the panel. The contact person will act as organizer of the panel session and is responsible for communication with the chairs and co-chairs of the hosting division or temporary working group as a representative of the whole panel group. 

All panel session proposals must be accompanied by description of the panel theme including a brief account that specifies why this topic is important and how it contributes to the overall work of the conference division or working group. The word limit for the description is 400 words. 

In addition to the thematic description the panel proposal must contain a list of suggested panelists, their contact information accompanied by short biographical notes and the headlines of the papers they will be presenting within the panel session. 

The contact person is responsible for collecting and including the abstracts to the panel session proposalThe abstractsintended for panel sessions must be devised following the general guidelines for abstracts in Nordmedia 2017 conference 

By default the contact person will act as a moderator of the panel session. Alternatively an outside moderator can be used. In this case the contact information of suggested moderator should also be included in the panel proposal.

All panel session proposals must be submitted using the online system provided. Please note that in addition to the panel description the proposal has to include all the abstracts intended for the panel session. To submit your panel proposal and abstracts included in the panel, please click on the following link:

The submission deadline for panel session proposals is 17th of February 2017. Notification regarding acceptance or rejection of proposal will be sent to the contact person by email by the end of the March 2017.


Important dates

Call for abstracts: January 9 – February 17

Notification of acceptance: By the end of March

Early Bird registration: April 5 – May 15

Deadline for full papers: June 30



For any further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Ilmari Hiltunen (coordinator for divisions and temporary working groups):

SMiDs årsmøde 2016

Denne post opdateres løbende med al relevant information om årsmødet 2016. (English: see below.)

SMiDs årsmøde er samlingspunktet for alle foreningens medlemmer – unge såvel som gamle. Det er her, man kan få en fornemmelse for, hvad der rører sig i dansk medieforskning og ikke mindst her, man kan møde kolleger og kontakter under både faglige og hyggelige former. Vi håber at se jer.

Tema: The Social in the Media, the Media in the Social

Tid: 27.-28. oktober 2016

Sted: Hindsgavl Slot ved Middelfart

Keynote speaker: Jill Walker Rettberg fra Universitetet i Bergen

Foreløbigt program (der kommer givetvis et par småjusteringer)

Pris: 3.000 kr. for medlemmer af SMiD, 3.700 kr. for andre (dvs. for ph.d.-studerende og lignende kan det bedst betale sig at melde sig ind i foreningen forud for tilmelding til årsmødet)

Tilmelding: Deadline for tilmelding er 12. oktober 2016. Tilmelding foregår ved mail til SMiDs sekretær Bente Jønshøj på Betaling kan enten ske gennem bank-overførsel (til konto: 1551, kontonr.: 3065766) eller ved e-faktura (hvis det er arbejdspladsen, der betaler). I sidste tilfælde, skal I sende en mail med EAN-nr. til Bente, så sender hun en e-faktura.



Conference theme: The Social in the Media, the Media in the Social

Dates: October 27-28 2016

Location: Hindsgavl Castle, Middelfart

Keynote speaker: Jill Walker Rettberg from the University of Bergen

Preliminary program (there might be small adjustments)

Price/fee: 3.000 kr. for members of SMID, 3,700 kr. for other. (Membership of SMiD is 700 kr. per year. Doctoral students, graduate students, undergraduate students, people between jobs, retirees and others with similar low or uncertain incomes can pay a reduced price: 350 kr. per year. To join the association, send a short CV and a brief description of your research aktivitieter and interests to Aske Kammer,

Registration: Deadline for registration is 12 October 2016. To register, send an e-mail to SMiDs secretary Bente Jønshøj: Payment is either via bank transfer (account: reg. no. 1551, account no. 3065766) or by e-invoice (if your workplace pays). In the latter case, you must send an email with EAN no. to Bente, so she can send an e-invoice.



Call for papers: Media and their production, content, and use have always had a social dimension – connecting people to each other and to society, giving them something to talk about, constructing identities and communities. However, the social occupy a particularly prominent position in the current media culture, where lifestyle and reality television, networked and multimodal forms of communication, participatory formats on the internet, social and mobile media etc., all point to more human interaction and new ways and forms of being social. Furthermore, the boundaries between different social spheres are blurring, and configurations of social situations are more liquid than ever and subject to constant re- negotiations due to the ubiquity of media technologies. // The theme of the 2016 biennial meeting of the Association for Media Researchers in Denmark (SMiD) is “The Social in the Media, the Media in the Social”. The aim is to explore the intricate nexus between the social and the media; how media support, challenge, or change the social; and how the social is expressed in the media and constitutes dimensions of production, content, and use. In the spirit of SMiD’s ambitions, the biennial meeting encourages a broad interpretation of what constitutes “media” and “social”. // The biennial meeting also accepts proposals that do not relate to the theme. // Abstracts for papers (max 300 words) and proposals for panels (panel outline: max 300 words + abstracts for 3-5 individual papers: max 100 words each) must be submitted no later than June 15, 2016, to

Deadline for abstracts: 15. juni – send til

Deadline for papers: 10. oktober – send til, så deles de i en Dropbox-mappe, alle deltagere i årsmødet får adgang til.

Deadline for tilmelding: 12. oktober – se ovenfor.

Spørgsmål eller kommentarer? Skriv til eller formand Aske Kammer på

SMiDs årsmøde 2016 – CALL FOR PAPERS

Så er vi klar med call for paper til SMiDs årsmøde 2016, som afholdes 27.-28. oktober i år.


The Social in the Media, the Media in the Social

Media and their production, content, and use have always had a social dimension – connecting people to each other and to society, giving them something to talk about, constructing identities and communities. However, the social occupy a particularly prominent position in the current media culture, where lifestyle and reality television, networked and multimodal forms of communication, participatory formats on the internet, social and mobile media etc., all point to more human interaction and new ways and forms of being social. Furthermore, the boundaries between different social spheres are blurring, and configurations of social situations are more liquid than ever and subject to constant re-negotiations due to the ubiquity of media technologies.

The theme of the 2016 biennial meeting of the Association for Media Researchers in Denmark (SMiD) is “The Social in the Media, the Media in the Social”. The aim is to explore the intricate nexus between the social and the media; how media support, challenge, or change the social; and how the social is expressed in the media and constitutes dimensions of production, content, and use. In the spirit of SMiD’s ambitions, the biennial meeting encourages a broad interpretation of what constitutes “media” and “social”.

The biennial meeting also accepts proposals that do not relate to the theme.

Abstracts for papers (max 300 words) and proposals for panels (panel outline: max 300 words + abstracts for 3-5 individual papers: max 100 words each) must be submitted no later than June 15, 2016, to

The conference languages are the Nordic languages and English.

Call for Papers: ”Digitala metoder för studier av digital(isera)t mediematerial”

Call for papers, Nordicom-Information, ”Digitala metoder för studier av digital(isera)t mediematerial”

Redaktörer: Johan Jarlbrink och Ingela Wadbring

Nordicom-Information bjuder härmed in forskare att delta i ett temanummer om digitala metoder för studier av digital(isera)t mediematerial. Digitalt tillgängligt mediematerial möjliggör användandet av digitala metoder för att studera innehåll, vare sig detta innehåll har digitalt ursprung eller har gjorts digitalt tillgängligt i efterhand. Under senare år har bibliotek, arkiv och museer digitaliserat stora delar av sina historiska samlingar. Samtidigt skapar mängden material på internet och i sociala medier nya förutsättningar för insamling och bearbetning. Mängden material ställer forskare inför stora utmaningar, men med det digitala formatet finns det samtidigt goda möjligheter att använda digitala redskap i analysarbetet. Såväl texter, som visuella material och nätverk låter sig bearbetas. Metodologiska perspektiv som ”topic modeling”, ”distant reading” och ”cultural analytics” erbjuder alla en rad förslag till metodologiskt nytänkande. Detta specialnummer av Nordicom-Information bjuder in forskare att utforska, tillämpa, diskutera och kritisera de digitala metoder som står medieforskare till buds.

Artiklarna kan kretsa kring, men är inte begränsade till, följande områden:

  • Innehållsanalyser av samtida eller historiska mediematerial
  • Nätverksanalyser
  • Digitala metoder inom omvärldsbevakning och ”media monitoring”
  • Datavisualisering
  • Digitala metoders problem och möjligheter

Språk: I huvudsak skandinaviska, i undantagsfall engelska

Deadline för abstracts: 2015-11-30

Besked om accept: senast 2015-12-30

Deadline för färdiga artiklar: 2016-06-30

Omfattning: 6000-7000 ord

Reviewprocessen: double blind peer-review

Preliminär publicering: Hösten 2016

För frågor av innehållslig karaktär: Johan Jarlbrink 090-786 55 67,

För frågor av praktisk karaktär: Ingela Wadbring, 070-333 27 16,

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 ( or Gunilla Hultén (

Call for Papers: Precarious Aesthetics

Conference: October 15 – 17 2015 at Berkeley Center for New Media.

Confirmed Speakers: Tom Gunning, Christine Ross, Abigail De Kosnik, Jeffrey Skoller, Jacob Gaboury, W.J.T. Mitchell

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2015
Conference: October 15 – 17

Is it … always an advantage to replace an indistinct picture by a sharp one? Isn’t the indistinct one often exactly what we need?
(Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, §71)

In spite of technological advances striving for greater clarity and resolution, visuals that counteract such perfection may never have been more appreciated. Feature films, photography, documentaries, televisual images, music videos, video games, artists’ films and new digital media are currently saturated with images that, in various ways, are blurred, noisy and non-transparent. They invite us to see the world, yet at the same time, they obstruct our view, often to dazzling effect. By operating at the mercy of bodies and/or technologies that are unstable and liable to fail, mediation is here rendered precarious. Such cases raise a host of distinct but related questions such as:

  • How can it be that the blurry image is often preferred over the sharp one? Why is the indistinct image, as suggested by Wittgenstein, “often exactly what we need”? How can precarious mediation be deployed to rhetorical, aesthetic and political effect? How does it potentially inscribe forms of precarious existence – precarious life?
  • How do the transformative repercussions of a digitalized media culture intersect with the present surge in precarious mediation? How do analogue and digital media materialities come forth in such cases, and how are relations between authenticity, simulation and fakery played out?
  • How is the presence of the camera itself inscribed through traces that point back to its alleged mode of production and the circumstances of recording? How might the embodied camera inscribe an ethics of the gaze?
  • How does the present surge in precarious mediation relate to more lasting negotiations of blindness and insight, opacity and transparency, vagueness and clarity, tactility and opticality, the visible and the invisible? How does it relate to tensions between embodied and disembodied modes of perception, suspensions and prolongations of perception, to doubt, to concealment and to iconoclasm?

The challenge for the delineation of a precarious aesthetics is to understand the operational logics of precarious mediation, which is why we need to interrogate this mediation historically, theoretically and philosophically.

Beyond the conference in October, selected papers will be invited to take part in a special issue of the Journal of Visual Culture as well as an edited book.

Proposals should include a title, an abstract of 350 words, 3-5 bibliographic sources and an author bio no longer than 100 words. Proposals must be submitted no later than May 1, 2015. Notification will follow within two weeks. Send to

Inquiries can be sent to Arild Fetveit at

Download the complete call here.

The conference will be hosted by Berkeley Center for New Media in collaboration with the Department of Film & Media at UC Berkeley and the research project The Power of the Precarious Aesthetic at The Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen.


Call for Paper – SMIDs årsmøde 2014

Call for Papers:
SMiD’s biennial meeting, 30-31 October 2014
Dear all – members and friends of SMiD,
We are happy to announce the theme of this year’s meeting and to invite you to contribute to the discussions. The theme for the meeting will be:
Danish Media Research: state of the art – future prospects
The meeting will take place at:
Sinatur Hotel Storebælt in Nyborg
– just by Great Belt Bridge; close to E20 and public transportation.

SMiD presents an exciting program of distinguished scholars including (among others – including all your colleagues):
Professor Charles Ess, University of Oslo (opening keynote)
Professor Kirsten Drotner, University of Southern Denmark (keynote)
Professor Peter Lunt, University of Leicester (keynote)
Associate Professor Mats Jönsson, University of Lund (keynote)
Professor Karin Wahl Jørgensen, Cardiff University (keynote)

We invite you to present your work and take part in setting the stage for Danish Media Research today and tomorrow. Subjects could include – but are not limited to:

– Media studies – methods, theories, and subjects
– Media studies and related research fields
– New media, new users, new research
– Structural challenges for Danish media research
– New collaborations – new possibilities
– Media studies and the media market
– Danish media research in an international perspective

– Extended abstract (max 500 words): 1st September 2014
Abstracts should be submitted through the OJS system. Link will be announced later
– Notification of acceptance: Mid-September
– Registration: 1st October 2014
Members of SMiD will get a discount of the registration fee of 700 DKK (equal to the annual member’s fee). If you wish to be a member of SMiD, please contact Bente Jønshøj at


Call for Papers: Dakar, Senegal, 8-9 April 2014 University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) in co-operation with HumanIT, Karlstad University

This conference is the fourth in the M4D biennial series following the inaugural conference in Karlstad, Sweden in 2008. The 2nd conference was in Kampala, Uganda in 2010 and the 3rd in New Delhi, India in 2012. M4D2014 aims to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners and all those with interests in the use, evaluation, and theorizing of Mobile Communication for Development. M4D2014 will combine two days of plenary peer-reviewed paper sessions, workshops, panel sessions, discussion forums, and demos.

How to Participate? M4D2014 welcomes participants from academia, industry, NGOs, development agencies, and governmental and international organizations. If you want to submit a paper, there are two different options. Research papers (8-12 pages including references) will be peer reviewed and evaluated based on theory craftsmanship and analytical rigor. Articles considering critical approaches and theoretical development will be prioritized. The practitioner’s track is open to practitioners to present their experiences, cases and policies (4-5 pages). These contributions do not have to be guided by academic theory and critical analysis. All accepted papers will be published in the proceedings and allocated a presentation slot. You can also participate by organizing a workshop. Workshops submissions for proceedings (2 pages) must contain: title, organizers with affiliation, participants, motivation and objectives. Finally, there is also the possibility to submit a poster or a demo (1-page extended abstract). Poster size max. 80×120 cm. Roll-ups are also allowed. We are particularly interested in (but not limited to): mLearning mLivelihood mHealth mParticipation mGovernance Inclusion of accepted papers/posters/demos/workshops in conference proceedings is conditioned on payment of registration fee prior to registration deadline. Conference proceeding will be published in the Karlstad University Studies Series, as well as on the websites of the University Cheikh Anta Diop and the Centre for HumanIT, Karlstad. The template and more submission information are available here: and questions can be sent

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: 1 October 2013

Acceptance note: 15 January 2014

Final papers due and registration deadline for authors: 15 Feb 2014

Registration deadline for participants without presentations 1 April 2014

Registration and Fees: The registration will open during autumn 2013, See

Conference fee will be 150€ with a reduced fee of 110€ for Master and PhD students. Participants salaried from a developing country are entitled to a 30% discount (105€ and 77€ for PhD and Master Students). Conference fee includes access to conference venue, presentations, workshops and demonstrations, keynote speakers, one copy of the proceedings, lunches, refreshments and receptions throughout the conference, conference dinner and social events. Participation Grants: IPID will sponsor participation for selected members given that there is an accepted paper and based on the reviews as well as on where the student is based (developing countries and Sweden are prioritized). For questions regarding these scholarships contact IPID We hope to arrange travel grants for participants from developing countries that will cover registration fee and a maximum of 500€ for flight tickets and accommodation. Other costs will not be covered for.

Interested in Reviewing? Please contact and make known your areas of interest and level of expertise and how many papers/short papers you are interested in reviewing. Due mention will be made in the proceedings.

Interested in Sponsoring? We are happy to receive funding for travel grants, social events, lunches, refreshments, conference proceedings, etc. Due mention will be made at the occasion, on the website, in the conference program, and in the conference proceedings. Please contact for more details.

Conference Committee:

General Chair: Ibrahim Niang (UCAD, Senegal Local Organizing Chair: Christelle Sharff (Pace University, USA)

Co-chair: Johan Hellström (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Co-chair: Babacar Ngom (UCAD, Senegal

Co-chair: Jean Marie Preira (ESMT, Senegal)

Co-chair: Jakob Svensson (HumanIT, Karlstad University, Sweden)

Co-chair: Caroline Wamala (HumanIT, Karlstad University, Sweden)

Call for Papers: Journalism and Mass Communication

Brief Introduction

Journalism and Mass Communication is an international, scholarly and peer-reviewed journal (print and online) published monthly by David Publishing Company, USA, which was founded in 2001. The journal serves as a bridge between worldwide scholars and public researchers. The journal publishes research articles, reviews, and letters in all areas of Journalism and Mass Communication. aiming to provide the most complete and reliable source of information on recent developments in Journalism and Mass Communication. Each issue brings you critical perspectives and cogent analyses, serving as an outlet for the best theoretical and research work in the field. The purpose of the journal is to further the understanding of the theory and practice of Journalism and Mass Communication by publishing articles of interest to practitioners and scholars. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles, review articles, case studies, exemplar profiles, viewpoints and research results from practitioners of all grades and professions, academics and other specialists on the broad spectrum of Journalism and Mass Communication. The topics covered in the journal include (but not limit to): Journalism, Radio and television journalism, New media, News editor, News ethics and regulations, Network transmission, Broadcasting business, Electronic and network publishing, Advertisement science, Journalism theories, Media economic, Media management, Film research, Brand spread, News communication history, International news and intercultural communication, News business, Media and political, Newspapers theory and practice, International media, News ethics and regulations , Radio acclaimed, TV news, Movie reviews, News photography, New media planning and production, The integration of media and culture, Rhetoric, discourse power, and politics, Mass media and creative industry, Pop culture, Cultural characteristics, Media culture and religion, Communication way, and other related areas. The journal is published in English. The e-journal provides free and open access to all of its content on our website. Accepted papers will immediately appear online followed by printed in hard copy.

Journalism and Mass Communication is indexed in following databases:

  • Database of EBSCO, Massachusetts, USA
  • Hein Online Database, W.S.HEIN, USA
  • Chinese Database of CEPS, American Federal Computer Library center (OCLC), USA
  • Chinese Scientific Journals Database, VIP Corporation, Chongqing, P. R. China
  • Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory
  • Pro Quest/CSA Social Science Collection, Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS), USA
  • Summon Serials Solutions

Information for Authors

  1. The manuscript should be original, and has not been published previously. Do not submit material that is currently being considered by another journal.
  2. Manuscripts may be 4000-12000 words or longer if approved by the editor, including an abstract, texts, tables, footnotes, appendixes, and references. The title should be on page 1 and not exceed 15 words, and should be followed by an abstract of 100-200 words. 3-5 keywords or key phrases are required.
  3. The manuscript should be in MS Word format, submitted as an email attachment to our email address.
  4. Authors of the articles being accepted are required to sign up the Transfer of Copyright Agreement form.
  5. Author will receive 2 hard copies of the journal containing their articles.
  6. It is not our policy to pay authors .Instead, the authors should pay publication fee.

Peer Review Policy

Journalism and Mass Communication is a refereed journal. All research articles in this journal undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing by at least two anonymous referees.

Editorial Procedures

All papers considered appropriate for this journal are reviewed anonymously by at least two outside reviewers. The review process usually takes two to three weeks. Papers are accepted for publication subject to no substantive, stylistic editing. The editor reserves the right to make any necessary changes in the papers, or request the author to do so, or reject the paper submitted. A copy of the edited paper along with the first proofs will be sent to the author for proofreading. They should be corrected and returned to the editor within seven days. Once the final version of the paper has been accepted, authors are requested not to make further changes to the text.

Submission of Manuscript

All manuscripts submitted will be considered for publication. Manuscripts should be sent online or as an email attachment to: or

Call for papers: Globale fortællinger / Global Tales (English version below)

Tema: Globale fortællinger
Globale fortællinger kan på makroniveau forstås som globalt udbredte tanker, idéer og diskurser; noget der danner ramme for verdenssamfundet, fx den neoliberalistiske fortælling. I denne globale fortælling afføder velstand, overflod, afregulering og afskaffelse af toldbarrierer positive associationer, og staten ses som en forhindring for dynamik, vækst og udvikling. Fortællingen, der har haft stor indflydelse på de politikker som er blevet ført i forskellige nationer på de forskellige kontinenter, har efter murens fald skabt grobund for hvad Barber har døbt den vestlige verdens kultur, McWorld, en global, homogeniseret forbrugerkultur, hvor der høres den samme musik, ses det samme TV og gås i det samme tøj.

I Asien, Latinamerika og Afrika har fascinationen af produkter af den vestlige modernitet en lang historie. Ikke kun tøj, møbler og biler, men også kulturelle produkter. Fra 1980 og fremover har verden oplevet en kulturel amerikanisering gennem det massive forbrug af amerikanske materielle og symbolske produkter som fastfoodkæden McDonald’s, Nike og Blockbuster. Shopping Malls har spredt sig til Østeuropa, Latinamerika og Asien; ærkeamerikanske i deres oprindelse, men nu fremtrædende symboler for den globale kultur. Filmindustrien – ikke mindst Hollywood – og kabel TV har skabt en fælles forestillingsverden med skikkelser, personer og fortællinger, som gør det muligt for alle tilskuere i verden at projicere deres oplevelser, drømme og håb i dem og gennem dem.

De samme koncepter realiseres i forskellige lande gennem programmer som Vild med dans og X-faktor. Programmer som disse indeholder fortællinger som du skal tro du er noget og det er godt at være kendt, og man kan således også tale om globale fortællinger på mikroniveau.

I dag er identitet ikke på forhånd givet af tradition eller kultur, og det enkelte individ må selv skabe en selvforståelse. Rammerne herfor er postmodernismen, der også kan anskues som en global fortælling. I denne fortælling opfattes kulturer, subjekter og identiteter som ikke-vedvarende, og alt er i princippet til forhandling.

Hvor det lokale – familien, landsbyen, nationen osv. – i tidligere tider havde den mest afgørende betydning for forestillinger og relationer, er adgangen til resten af verden i dag større, både i konkret fysisk forstand og i teknologisk forstand, og forestillinger og relationer tager derfor ofte afsæt i et mere globalt perspektiv. Det er alment kendt, at forandringer på ét sted kan skabe forandringer globalt. Det er fx ikke tilstrækkeligt at tænke i nationale baner, da ikke alt holder sig inden for grænserne, fx klimatiske og økonomiske problematikker. Den øgede interaktion medfører forskydninger i kulturerne.

Ifølge Giddens bidrager individer ved at skabe deres selvidentitet til at forårsage sociale påvirkninger, der er globale i deres konsekvenser. Vi er omgivet af fortællinger og mulige valg, vi kan foretage os, men netop det valg, vi foretager i hver enkelt situation, har konsekvenser ikke bare for vores egen selvfortælling, men også for andres. Og omvendt. Dette forstærkes, efterhånden som vi er blevet stærkere forbundet i netværk af informationsteknologi, medier osv. Vi befinder os i en dialektik mellem det lokale og det globale.
Alt i alt er den samlede globale referenceramme enorm, og der kan opstå nye mere ensartede fortællinger af mere global karakter. Måske kan man endda sige, at globalisering også er en epoke af globale fortællinger.

Globale fortællinger behøver dog ikke lede tankere hen på det mere moderne samfund, men kan også være til enhver tid eksisterende historier af mere almenmenneskelig karakter. Der eksisterer et hav af sagn og myter fra forskellige dele af verden med universelle tematikker, dilemmaer og moraler. Disse genfindes i fx (folke)eventyr og tegnefilm, hvor fortællingen forstås med udgangspunkt i fællesforståelser.

Der søges bidrag inden for emnerammen globale fortællinger, hvad enten disse forstås på makroniveau, på mikroniveau eller på en helt tredje måde. Forslag til artikel, inkl. abstract på 150 ord, sendes til Pablo Cristoffanini ( og Lotte Dam ( senest d. 15/10 2010. Accepterede artikelforslag – der følger Harvard System Style Sheet – sendes til redaktionen senest d. 1/12 2010, hvorefter de vil blive sendt til anonym bedømmelse. Artiklernes omfang er 15.000-25.000 tegn, inkl. mellemrum. Tidsskriftet udkommer foråret 2011. Se i øvrigt tidsskriftets hjemmeside

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Theme: global tales
At a macro level global tales may be understood as globally disseminated thoughts, ideas and discourses; something that is a framework for the global community, e.g. the neo-liberal narrative. In this global narrative wealth, surplus, deregulation and repeal of custom barriers give positive associations, and the state is regarded as an obstacle to dynamic growth and development. After the fall of the Berlin Wall this narrative, which has influenced the policies of different nations on different continents, has provided a breeding ground for what Barber has christened Western culture, McWorld, a global, homogenized consumer culture, in which the same music is listened to, the same television is watched, and the same clothes are worn.

In Asia, Latin America, and Africa the fascination with products from Western modernity has had a long history, not only clothes, furniture, and cars, but also culture products. After 1980 the world has witnessed a cultural Americanization through the massive consumption of American material and symbolic products such as the fast food chain McDonald’s, Nike and Blockbuster. Shopping Malls have proliferated in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia, American through and through in their origins, but now notable symbols of the global culture. The film industry, especially Hollywood, and cable TV have created a common world of the imagination with figures, characters and narratives that make it possible for the audience of the world to project experiences, dreams and aspirations into them and through them.

The same concept is realized in different countries through programs such as Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor. Programs such as these contain tales like Believe in yourself and It is good to be famous, and in this way there are also global tales at a micro level.

Today identity is not shaped by a priory tradition or culture, and the individual must create its own self-perception. The framework for this is postmodernism, which can be regarded as a global tale as well. In this tale cultures, subjects, and identities are seen as temporary, and in principle everything is negotiable.

Earlier on the local – e.g. the family, the village, the nation etc. – had the most decisive influence on ideas and relations, but today the access to the rest of the world is easier, both in a concrete physical sense and in a technological sense, and ideas and relations have their point of departure in a more global perspective. It is generally known that changes in one place may create global changes. For instance it is not enough to think nationally, as not everything can be contained within borders, e.g. questions of climate and of economics. This heightened interaction causes displacement of cultures.

According to Giddens the individual can participate in the creation of social influences through its creation of its own identity, and these social influences are of a global nature in their consequences. We are surrounded by narratives and possible choices, but the choice we make in every single situation has consequences for not only our own personal narrative, but also for others’. And vice versa. This is strengthened as we get more closely connected in networks of information technology, media etc. We are in a dialectics between the local and the global. The total global frame of reference is enormous, and new, more uniform tales of a more global character may arise. It may even be ventured to say that globalization is also an epoch of global narratives.

Global tales do not necessarily pertain to modern societies, but they may also be stories of any time common to all mankind. There is a treasure trove of legends and myths from different parts of the world with universal themes, dilemmas and morals. These can be found again in for instance folktales and cartoons, where the story is appreciated in a common understanding.
We call for articles within the theme of global tales, and they may be understood at a macro level, a micro level on in a different way.

Suggestion for articles, including an abstract of 150 words to be mailed to Pablo Cristoffanini ( and Lotte Dam ( no later than 15 October 2010. Accepted articles – using the Harvard System Style Sheet – to be mailed to the editors no later than 1 December 2010. Articles will then be reviewed anonymously. The articles should be around 15,000-25.000 keystrokes. The issue will be published in the spring of 2011. See also the journal’s website:

Kjetil Sandvik, MA, PHD, Associate Professor
Educational coordinator of Master in Cross-Media Communication:
Dept. Media, Cognition and Communication
Film and Media Studies Section
Njalsgade 80, room 17.2.17
DK-2300 Copenhagen S
Phone: +4524944770
Research project: Crime fiction and crime journalism in Scandinavia:
Nordic research network (NordForsk): The Culture of Ubiquitous Information:

MedieKultur: Call for papers

Challenging Genre – Genre Challenges. New media, new boundaries, new formations

Special theme. Editors: Anne Jerslev (guest), Mette Mortensen, Line Nybro Petersen

Submission deadline: February 1, 2011
Publication date: Fall 2011

Today’s intensified blurring of boundaries between media, and between media and their audiences is challenging our traditional understanding of genre. New genres surface at the same rapid pace as old ones are contested or simply deemed out of date. Even though terms such as genre hybridity and cross genres have pointed to generic instabilities and experiments for a couple of decades now, the altered modes of media production and distribution raise a number of topical questions: How might we understand genre today? In which ways might genre be a productive term for conceptualising and comprehending the new digital media landscape? And not least, do we need to change our notions of traditional genre expressions, for example in film and television?

While the scholarly literature on genre is substantial in film studies, television studies and literary studies, the concept of genre remains largely underdeveloped theoretically as well as methodologically in our present era of digital transformation. Genre has traditionally been defined as a horizon of expectations and a contractual relationship between audiences and media formats. However, this definition hardly seems adequate in relation to contemporary media characterised, on the one hand, by new genres constantly emerging and evolving, and, on the other hand, by persistent renegotiations of the relationship between author, audience and media product.

This special issue of MedieKultur consequently sets out to rethink genre across a wide range of media offerings, including, but not limited to, online social media, television entertainment and news, film and film culture and video games. We thus invite contributions on:

• Media convergence and genre
• Genre, interaction, participatory practices and aesthetics
• Genre and digitalisation
• Genre and media production
• Genre and audiences
• Conceptualising genre – now and then

Link til MedieKultur

Journalistica: Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Today, status updates, tweets and wall postings are all messengers of news. For journalism this change implies new ways of working with sources, new ways to find inspiration for stories and new ways to collaborate with readers, listeners, viewers and users.

How do social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter influence our understanding of the ’public sphere’? Given that transparency and dataveillance is one of the main characteristics of today’s digital living, this question is of central importance to our understand of “the public”.

How are journalists to cope with the cacophony of digital voices on social networking sites, where network participants no longer have reverence for journalistic products? These products are no longer as unchallenged as they once were when they are published and remixed in a social media environment.

We welcome submissions that address how social media is changing journalism, the practice of journalism, the role of the news media in society and the ways that news is being consumed.

We encourage submissions from a broad range of perspectives and disciplines.

Submission deadline: November 1, 2010.

Publication date: February 2011.

Journalistica accepts articles written Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and English. Scandinavian contributors are kindly asked to submit in their native language.

For submitting online, please go to:

In case of questions, do not hesitate to contact Lars Holmgaard Christensen (, editor of this issue of Journalistica.

Call for papers: Short film studies

We invite all students of the short film – including researchers, teachers and
film-makers – to contribute to the second issue of Short Film Studies. Each
article should focus on any one of the three works mentioned above and should
not exceed 1,500 words. Any aspect of the selected work may be chosen for
study, including interpretive issues, dramaturgy, camera work, editing style,
sound, closure, etc. Potential contributors should begin by sending a 50- word
abstract to the editor, Richard Raskin at A prompt response
will follow, regarding the suitability of the proposed contribution. The deadline
for submitting completed articles for peer-review is 1st November 2010

Editor Richard Raskin

Call for papers shortfilm (pdf)

Final Call for Papers: Screenwriting Research: History, Theory and Practice

Final Call for Papers

Screenwriting Research: History, Theory and Practice

Three-day International Conference on Screenwriting,

TIME: September 9th-11th 2010
VENUE: University of Copenhagen

This is the final call for papers for the annual international conference on screenwriting research, this year organized by the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen.

As the first two conferences on screenwriting – at the University of Leeds in 2008 and at the University of Arts and Design in Helsinki in 2009 – have shown, there is an increasing interest in researching screenwriting from a number of different perspectives.

Confirmed Keynotes (for bios, please see below):

Dr. Mette Hjort is Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Visual Studies at the Liberal Arts University of Hong Kong, Lingnan University, and Affiliate Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Dr. Steven Maras is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Media and Communications Department at the University of Sydney.

Dr. Janet Staiger is the William P. Hobby Centennial Professor in Communication, teaching courses in Radio-Television-Film and Women’s and Gender Studies, at the University of Texas at Austin.

The purpose of the conference is to continue the discussion of the many aspects of screenwriting research and to further theoretical and methodological reflections in this developing field. The conference also aims at strengthening the international network among scholars within both theoretical and practice-based research. We wish to encourage a critical approach to the practices, documents and values of screenwriting, and to seek new insights into screenwriting as part of film production culture. As the recent publication of the first issue of the Journal of Screenwriting has shown, screenwriting is a vast and vivid field, encompassing many different methodological approaches from a wide variety of academic disciplines.

In particular, we encourage papers discussing the following topics:

1. Creativity, collaborations and constraints
– screenwriting as a creative/artistic process or a craft
– individual as well as collaborative practices
– self-chosen or imposed constraints in screenwriting processes
– discussions of authorship and intentionality

2. The nature of the screenplay
– reflections on narrative theory and dramaturgy
– the relationship between word and image
– new forms, new technologies, new media
– issues of intermediality and adaptation
– genre-oriented considerations of screenwriting and the screenplay

3. Methodology of screenwriting research

– how to approach documents, actions, intentions and visions of screenwriting
– how to interpret and develop them theoretically
– how to do practice-based research
– how to teach screenwriting theory and practice within an academic or practice based context

4. Practice and method of screenwriting
– screenwriting as a practice within the cultural/creative industries
– the different roles of the screenwriter
– considerations of radical or alternative methods in relation to industry conventions
– discussions of labor aspects as well as organizational frameworks

5. History and theory of screenwriting
– new research and re-evaluations on the history of screenwriting
– national heritage of screenwriting practices
– new approaches to screenwriting theory

Call for papers:
Time allotted to each paper is 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

Abstracts (300 words maximum) may be submitted until March 15 2010. Kindly remember to state your name, affiliation and contact information.

Please send your abstract to Eva Novrup Redvall:

We will let you know whether your paper has been accepted no later than April 15 2010.

The conference fee is 60 Euros including two lunches and coffee. The conference is free for PhD students.

More information on the program as well as on travelling and accommodation can be found on the conference website:

The conference is supported by the Faculty of Humanities at The University of Copenhagen and is organized with assistance from the Screenwriting Research Network.

For further information, please contact Eva Novrup Redvall, or Mette Mortensen, at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, The University of Copenhagen.

Organizing Committee:

Eva Novrup Redvall, MA, PhD student, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, The University of Copenhagen.

Mette Mortensen, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, The University of Copenhagen.


Dr. Mette Hjort is Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Visual Studies at the Liberal Arts University of Hong Kong, Lingnan University, and Affiliate Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is the author of Lone Scherifg’s Italian for Beginners (forthcoming), Stanley Kwan´s Center Stage (2006), Small Nation, Global Cinema (2005), and The Strategy of Letters (1993). She is also the editor or co-editor of eight books, including, most recently, Instituting Cultural Studies (forthcoming), Film and Risk (forthcoming) and The Cinema of Small Nations (2007).

Dr. Steven Maras is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Media and Communications Department at the University of Sydney. He is author of Screenwriting: History, Theory, Practice (Wallflower Press, 2009). He has published over forty articles and essays in numerous journals in Australia and internationally on a wide ranging set of topics, and is on the the editorial advisory board of Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies and the Journal of Screenwriting.

Dr. Janet Staiger is the William P. Hobby Centennial Professor in Communication, teaching courses in Radio-Television-Film and Women’s and Gender Studies, at the University of Texas at Austin. Author and editor of eleven books and 50-plus essays, her book publications include Media Reception Studies (2005), Perverse Spectators (2000); Blockbuster TV (2000); Bad Women (1995); Interpreting Films (1992); and The Classical Hollywood Cinema, co-authored with David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson (1985). She has also co-edited with David Gerstner, Authorship and Film (2003).

Call for papers: Dansk Sociologi – temanummer om mediesociologi

Ny deadline for indsendelse af artikler: Fredag den 18. december 2009
Vi indbyder hermed artikler om mediesociologi til et temanummer af Dansk Sociologi, planlagt til at udkomme i foråret 2010. Artiklerne kan omhandle alt fra journalistiske nyhedsmedier til sociale netværksmedier, men skal være funderet i sociologisk teori og metode. Temanummeret vil lægge vægt på klassiske mediesociologiske spørgsmål:

  • Hvad er mediernes sociale rolle?
  • Hvordan bruges medier og hvordan undersøges de?
  • Hvad er mediesociologiens rolle i det 21. århundrede?
  • Holder de gamle teorier og hvad er bud på nye?

Artikler der skønnes egnet til temanummeret vil blive reviewet af to anonyme bedømmere. Forslag til essays, kronikker og kommentarer er også velkomne. Manuskripter skal følge retningslinjerne for manuskripter til Dansk Sociologi.
Spørgsmål eller uddybning fås hos redaktørerne: Ida Willig eller Rasmus Antoft