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.

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/


SMiDs årsmøde 2016 – datoer

I bestyrelsen er vi så småt begyndt at forberede næste års årsmøde i SMiD, og selvom vi langtfra er i mål endnu, er der dog blevet truffet et par vigtige beslutninger. Vigtigst af alt (lige nu): Årsmødet afholdes 27.-28. oktober 2016. Vi har ikke et sted endnu, men ligesom sidst satser vi på noget midt i landet.

Sæt gerne kryds i kalenderen allerede nu. Der kommer mere info senere.


Associate Professorship in Communication and IT, University of Copenhagen

A position as Associate Professor in Communication and IT is available at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, beginning August 1, 2016.

The candidate should have a clear research profile within Communication and IT as well as excellent teaching qualifications within programmes in communication and it. Research and teaching in communication and IT at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication is interdisciplinary, encompassing a range of humanistic and social-scientific approaches to theoretical and empirical studies of the intersection between human communication and digital computing. Documented research experience with the social and cultural implications of digital infrastructures will be considered an advantage in assessing applicants’ qualifications.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2016. More information at,

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 (

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


JUNE 19, 2015 from 9:00 to 16:30

IT University of Copenhagen, Aud.2

Join us for a day’s inspiring presentations and debates about the multiple ways in which digital technologies challenge and provide opportunities for society, citizens and democracy


StepColeman in Charlotte fall 2012hen Coleman from Leeds University (UK):                        Democratic Politics and Citizen Entitlements  



Anders Albrechtslund Anders Albrechtslund from Aarhus University (DK):                   Tracking Culture: Surveillance in the sphere of intimacy



Gitte Stald, IT UGitte Staldniversity of Copenhagen:                                            What do citizens need in order to make sense of media?



Plus research presentations from a number of DECIDIS  participants.

Participation is free but registration is necessary. Send e-mail with name and affiliation to:

Find more information about the program and practical information here.


Join us on the 24th of April to an interesting public event about the use of social media in an election and referendum context.

What are the experiences of using social media to inform about, impact and discuss elections and important referendums in European countries? And in that context: what role do and should social media play in a democratic society?

Speakers include Stewart Kirkpatrick, digital manager of the “Yes Scotland” campaign and Jaquou Utopie a critical political voice in the Greek Twitter sphere.

The talks will be followed by an open panel debate with the invited speakers and social media researchers Jakob Linaa Jensen (DMJX) and Lisbeth Klastrup (ITU).

Participation is free and open for all, but please sign up by sending a short mail with name and affiliation to: 
with “DECIDIS election event April” as the subject line.

Date and time: April 24th 2015 | 13.00 – 15.30
Location: The IT University of Copenhagen
Auditorium 2 (entrance from atrium, ground floor)

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.


Interested in the scholarly use of web archives?

Registration is now open for non-presenters for the conference Web Archives as scholarly Sources: Issues, Practices and Perspectives taking place 8-10 June 2015 at Aarhus University in Denmark.

The conference seeks to explore the potential of web archives for scholarly use, to highlight innovative research, to investigate the challenges and opportunities of working with the archived web, to identify opportunities for incorporating web archives in learning and teaching, and to discuss and inform archival provision. This multi-disciplinary conference is aimed at scholars, web archiving institutions, web archivists, curators, IT-developers, companies and public institutions interested in web archiving and research using web archives.

The conference is organised by RESAW, Aarhus University, the State and University Library (Denmark), the Royal Library (Denmark), l’Institut des sciences de la communication du CNRS, Université de Lille 3, the Institute of Historical Research (University of London), the University of Amsterdam, the British Library, and Leibniz University Hannover/ALEXANDRIA.

Read more: 

Registration for non-presenters takes place at: Please note that there are a limited number of seats for non-presenters.

CfP: TV in the age of transnationalisation and transmedialisation

Call for papers for TV in the age of transnationalisation and transmedialisation: a two-day, international conference
Date: Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd JUNE 2015
Venue: University of Roehampton, London, UK
Organisers: ECREA Television Studies section and the Media Across Borders network (

Television is crossing borders in multiple ways. Throughout much of the 20th century it seemed to resemble the geometrical elements of a Kandinsky painting from the Bauhaus phase: each element clearly distinct but overlapping and carefully positioned in relation to other elements. Television was perceived and studied similarly; mostly separate from the other mass media, including film, radio, video games or consumer magazines. Moreover, in Europe television content was clearly separated from advertising through the distinction, or separation principle. In addition to these distinct media elements, state borders clearly separated television markets in the perception of academics, audiences and TV executives. After all, television was mostly conceived and regulated by state institutions and predominately broadcast and consumed within state borders. Cross-border production and trade in television programmes were consequently viewed as international; organised between national institutions and companies. But gradual and ongoing transnationalisation and transmedialisation are making the neat geometrical forms more and more permeable, manifold and unsteady. Kokoschka’s style of painting, blurred and blended, seems a more appropriate metaphor to describe today’s television-scapes. This conference offers a space to reflect on the changes pertaining to the processes and workings of transmedialisation and transnationalisation, and on the theoretical and methodological consequences this has for television studies. It also offers opportunities for networking.

Read the complete call for papers here: CfP ECREA MAB conference June 2015.

Formiddagskonference om medieetik og journalistiske kvaliteter

Kulturstyrelsen inviterer til formiddagskonference om medieetik og journalistiske kvaliteter den 25. februar 2015. På konferencen vil resultaterne fra to omfattende undersøgelser, som Roskilde Universitet har gennemført for Kulturstyrelsens ”Rapportering om mediernes udvikling i Danmark”, blive præsenteret og debatteret.

Se invitationen her: Invitation_Etik og Kvalitet.

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


PhD colloquium – Communication and Technology


6th Annual Doctoral Consortium of the Communication and Technology Division of the International Communication Association (ICA)
Thursday, 21 May 2015 | Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Call for Proposals

The consortium brings together PhD candidates working on Communication and Technology to give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. The goals of the event are to provide feedback and advice to participating PhD candidates on their in-progress research thesis. Moreover, the doctoral consortium will provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds working on related topics.

During the consortium, students will be invited to present their work, following which they will receive feedback from their fellow students and faculty participants, all of whom will have read the proposals in advance of the Doctoral Consortium. In addition, at least one faculty participant will be assigned to respond in detail to each proposal. Besides the presentations of proposals, there will also be discussion of other topics such as ethics, research methods, publishing the thesis, and positioning one’s work for the job market.

Submission Process

Applicants must be advanced to candidacy, and have their dissertation proposal topic previously approved by their committee. Ideally, students will be in the early stages of their dissertation, where feedback would be helpful in refining and advancing their work. To apply, students must submit a proposal describing their research.

Submissions must be related to the working area of the Communication and Technology Division of ICA. A description of the division’s primary interests can be found in the last section of this call.

Proposals must identify a significant problem (or problems) in the field of research, briefly outline current knowledge of the problem domain, and clearly formulate a research question, or specify hypotheses to be tested.

Proposals should outline the research approach, methods, and any results obtained so far. Submissions should be between 3000 and 4000 words (excluding references and appendices), and must include name and affiliation of the PhD candidate.

Applications should be accompanied by a short letter of recommendation from the advisor or member of the dissertation committee stating how the PhD candidate can benefit from participation in the Doctoral Consortium.

The proposal and letter of recommendation must be submitted as one PDF document and sent as an attachment in an email to Benjamin Detenber at The deadline for submission is 1 February 2014. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the members of the program committee based on significance of research, specificity of research topic and/or questions, clarity of writing, and degree to which student can benefit from expert guidance and feedback.

To help ensure the consortium best meets the needs of its members, limited financial assistance is made possible by the CAT Division. Please note in your application if you would like to be considered for financial support to cover your costs for participation in the CAT Doctoral Consortium (this support would cover only the $75 participation fee and not travel to the conference).

About the Communication and Technology Division within ICA:
The Communication and Technology (CAT) Division is concerned with the role played by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the process of communication. It is committed to enhancing theory and methodology pertaining to adoption, usage, effects, and policy of ICTs. Areas of research include human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, mobile communication, and other technologically mediated social interaction and networking in all contexts (interpersonal, group, organizational, societal/cultural) and at all levels of analyses. CAT invites papers that make an innovative and original contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with the primary focus on communication aspects of particular technological characteristics. Papers in which technology is not a specific object of investigation but is instead the context or backdrop for a communication study should be directed to other ICA Divisions.

As part of CAT, the Doctoral Consortium welcomes papers that follow any and all disciplinary approaches (psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, and policy studies, among others) and all methodological orientations (quantitative, qualitative, critical, cultural, historical, legal, and institutional, among others).


Once a proposal is accepted students can register through the ICA website. Costs for participation are 75 US$ per person. After acceptance, students are encouraged to submit updated proposals (maximum 5000 words, excluding references and appendices) for review and comment.

Program Committee (faculty mentors)

Benjamin H. Detenber, Nanyang Technological U, Singapore (Program Director)
Marjolijn Antheunis, U of Tilburg, Netherlands
Jesse Fox, Ohio State U, USA
Lee Humphreys, Cornell U, USA
Klaus Bruhn Jensen, U of Copenhagen, Denmark
Veronika Karnowski, Ludwig-Maximilians U, Germany
Nicole Krämer, U of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Louis Leung, Chinese U, Hong Kong
S. Shyam Sundar, Pennsylvania State U, USA
Sabine Trepte, U of Hohenheim, Germany
Joseph B. Walther, Nanyang Technological U, Singapore
Mike Yao, City U, Hong Kong

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=


Husk NordMedia 2015 deadlines

Arrangørerne af NordMedia 2015-konferencen minder om, at der er deadline d. 18. december for indsendelse af forslag til TWGs (Temporary Working Groups) og til en division, som afløse Media and Culture-divisionen. Så nu kan altså være et godt tidspunkt til at få sat nye skibe i søen.

Mere info om begge dele – og om konferencen, som bærer under-overskriften “Media Presence – Mobile Modernities” og afholdes i København til august – findes på konference-websitet

Vær i øvrigt også opmærksom på den generelle deadline for papers, abstracts, paneler og posters, som dog først er 25. februar.