Open call for papers

MedieKultur continues to have an open article section in addition to the themed section. We welcome contributions dedicated to the study of media and communication from around the world. We are interested in studies in all areas of media and communication research. Contributions may introduce new aspects of media and communication research in the field of political, economic, historical, aesthetic, or social contexts. We are especially interested in articles which promote critical reflection and the further development of theory and method within media and communication studies. Languages: English, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian

  • Call for abstracts: Publishing Strategies in Online Television


    Transnational streaming services’ growing proliferation and continued success within a larger on-demand-driven media culture is currently changing the television industry at a high speed. The transnational competition is being addressed by the legacy television industry in different ways, and a common denominator is the companies’ strategic use of in-house video-on-demand services. This focus involves a transformation from broadcasters to online television companies (Johnson 2019), and this shift changes the working conditions and practices in the industry. It has an impact on the publishing strategies and practices (Bruun 2019, 2023) known from a multi-channel portfolio, and consequently the production cultures of different genres and subject areas are changing, as well as the content commissioning and creative processes and practices.

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  • Call for Abstracts: Sports events in a transmedia landscape


    Sport and sport events are in many ways among the most popular media phenomena today. Television broadcasters continue to invest heavily to secure exclusive live coverage rights for both their broadcasting and streaming platforms, while global tech platforms and live sports streaming platforms, like Amazon Prime, Facebook, DAZN and Tencent, have started intervening in the rights coverage markets (Hutchins et al. 2019). As television continues to have a primary anchoring role for both organizers and audiences of big traditional sports events (Hutchins & Sanderson 2017), social networking services extend the narration and experience of sports and events, making sport one of the most discussed topics on social network platforms, which in turn informs content in television programming. However traditional sports events are now accompanied by the proliferation of e-sport events like the League of Legends World Championship and the Fortnite World Cup which also encompass distinct fan cultures and production and distribution strategies across many platforms.

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  • Call for abstracts: Media and health in everyday life


    Media and digital technologies are deeply embedded in our lives and activities across the globe. Thus, also influencing and transforming every day health practices by introducing new digital solutions and services, such as digital health communication, health websites and portals, fitness applications etc. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused further rapid changes to the healthcare system, wherein digital health solutions have become more relevant than ever. However, the digital and the analogue media still need to co-exist to safeguard inclusion and equal health for all. This special issue addresses the ways in which media technology contributes to reconfiguring health practices, health experiences, and the sense-making of health and illness, from an everyday perspective, a concept referring to the “(…) ordinary, often familiar, and taken for granted, the common-sensical (…) rarely theorized” (Bennett, 2005:1, see also Lefebvre, Rabinovitch & Wander, 2017).

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  • Call for abstracts: PandeMedia. How Covid-19 has affected the role of media in society


    Since early 2020, global society has been swept by the effects of Covid-19 itself, but certainly also by numerous side effects to the efforts that have been made to suppress contagion. Closures of schools and workplaces have led to practices of remote work and education, and routines of everyday life have become subject to several new limitations and moral decisions. The role of digital media in society has been foregrounded through this process, and with this special issue of MedieKultur we wish to explore how this process has led to new discoveries, experiences, potentials, decisions, and shortcomings.

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  • Call for Abstracts: Digital activism and participation: affect, feelings and politics


    The relationship between digital media and political engagement has been subject to intense interest in the field of media studies for the past several decades. Here, questions relating to connective and collective modes of action, affordances and the relationship between affect, materiality and engagement have been studied in particular in relation to movements with an overt activist character (e.g. Bennett and Segerberg 2014, Castells 2015, Highfield 2016). However, there is room for further exploration of the ways in which digital media have created new grounds for political protest.


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  • Call for abstracts: Platformed bodies


    Over the last couple of decades, the global social, political and economic landscape has been marked by rise and dominance of social media. These transnational owned social media and communication services fundamentally alter both the ways economic value is produced, as well as the fundamental ways that social life is lived. To understand this dual impact we have seen a wealth of theoretical innovation, with platform studies proven to be an immensely powerful instance (Gillespie, 2010; Van Dijck, et al., 2018). In an early work, Van Dijck supplies a key intervention when suggesting that techno-cultural constructs and socioeconomic structures should be integrated in an ecological approach to better capture “the mutual shaping of social media and the culture of connectivity” (Van Dijck, 2013, 26). In other words, intertwining cultural and economic analysis is key for understanding the current moment in which digital platforms, services and devices are of increasing importance to more and more aspects of society and everyday life. 

    In this analysis however, the question of the body as a somatic reality, a social construct, and a site of experience and contestation, is less clear. It is this intersection that this special issue of MedieKultur takes aim at. We invite submissions that combine analysis of platforms and the body.

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  • Call for abstracts. Streaming media: production, interfaces, content and users


    Streaming is an increasingly used form of content distribution. Content providers from different areas of the media industries have shifted to this digital form of distribution and many users have followed. With this special issue on streaming media, we are looking for articles that study streaming from different perspectives and contribute to a better understanding of how streaming is a phenomenon that deeply affects established media industries such as film, television, gaming, music, radio/podcasts, books and audio books.

    Deadline for abstracts: 15th of October 2020

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  • Call for papers: MedieKultur, open call


    MedieKultur: Journal of media and communication research is currently seeking articles for its 2020 open summer issue.

    Deadline for full submissions (6,000 - 8,000 words): March 1st

    MedieKultur is an open access double-blind peer reviewed journal published by the Association of Media Researchers in Denmark. The aim of MedieKultur is to contribute to critical reflection and the development of theories and methods within media and communication research. MedieKultur does not represent particular theories or methods, but rather focuses on innovative perspectives and clear argumentation. MedieKultur has the aim of bringing Danish and international media and communication research into dialogue. Accordingly, MedieKultur is a publication forum for Danish and international researchers, and articles can be submitted written in English, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian. The journal addresses students, educators and researchers at relevant educational and research institutions as well as individuals working in the media business.

    Please visit our website to submit your work:

    All submissions undergo double blind peer review. We do not charge authors for publishing their work and do not solicit or accept payment for contributions.

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  • Call for papers: Datafication of media (and) audiences


    Academic knowledge built over the last five decades on media audiences may be called into question by algorithmic recommendations, machine learning, platform design and new metrics that describe, anticipate and shape the audience’s every move. While we hold that audiences are selective in their choice of content (Katz et al., 1974), form communities of interpretation (Fish, 1980) and are freely giving their attention to public issues (Warner, 2002), it would appear that they are now increasingly being selected, calculated, interpreted and anticipated by media on the basis of a wide range of data provided more or less willingly and consciously. This datafication of media (and) audiences – i.e. the quantification of audience mediated experiences – is not to be understood simply as a new form of knowledge, but also as a new era in the commodification of audiences, challenging our understanding of audiences as an agentic and autonomous subjects. 

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  • Call for abstracts: Intimacy and visual communication in social media


    Sharing (intimate) photos has become an integral part of close relationships in the age of social media. Particularly young people use social media as a way to establish and maintain strong social ties rather than a way of connecting to public life. This use pattern includes the sharing of photos and videos with intimate and sexual content such as nudes, intimate situations and other types of self-disclosure. As most public and academic interests has been related to situations where the process has gone wrong and people have been hurt, they are often associated with risk, worries and, indeed, moral disdain. Yet these cases are part of a much broader social practice, which is for the most part unproblematic and mundane. The sharing of intimate photos can be seen as part of a more general act of (mutual) self-disclosure in order to establish trust, and it can be seen as an exploration of sexuality and social identities. In both cases the sharing of intimate photos becomes part of more general processes of intimacy and close relationships that we should be careful not to reject or problematize as a whole.

    Accordingly, in this themed issue we would like to move beyond the ‘stories of problem youth’ and toward a more empirically grounded and systematic analysis of the complex ways in which the sharing of intimate photos becomes part of everyday life practices including friendships, courtships, trust and intimacy – across all life phases. This may include studies of the roles intimate photos may have in the maintenance of friendships and romantic partnerships, the ways in which people negotiate trust and responsibilities in relation to this, and the specific place of risk in these interactions. It may also include more historical studies foregrounding differences and similarities to earlier practices of intimacy, friendships and sexual partnerships, and the ways gender and life phase condition and is conditioned by such practices.  It may include case studies zooming in on specific turning points where unproblematic practices turns into contested or even criminal offences. Further, articles could also focus on  situations where people restrict or prevent others from using photos in an undisclosed matter. Finally it may include more political-economic analyses of the way specific social platforms condition such practices and capitalize on them, and the wider implications this may have for citizens’ rights and security in the digital network society.

    Please submit an extended abstract of 1000 words by May 15thon MedieKultur’s website.  Authors will be notified by May 30th, and the deadline for final submissions is August 31st. Articles that are accepted? for further process by the editors will go into peer-review in September. Expect to have decisions on manuscripts and potential further revisions end of September. Publication is planned for the end of 2019.

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  • Cultural Critique: Re-negotiating authority in contemporary media culture


    Guest editors (to whom abstracts should be submitted): Helle Kannik Haastrup & Nete Nørgaard Kristensen

    Issue editor: Nanna Holdgaard:


    - Submission of abstracts (300 words max): June 12 2017

    - Invitation to submit full articles: July 1 2017

    - Submission of articles: February 1 2018

    - Publication: November/December 2018

    Practical information: The open call invites proposals in both English and the Scandinavian languages.

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  • Call for papers: Complex Evolution - Media and communication in contemporary Asia


    MedieKultur vol. 33, no. 62 

    Guest editors:

    Jun Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen (

    Emilie Tinne Lehmann-Jacobsen, PhD fellow, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen (

    Deadline for Submissions: September 1st, 2016

    Publication of the Special Issue: Spring 2017

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