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


Fundamentally, media technologies facilitate communication between two parties or more across vast distances - synchronously and asynchronously. During the Covid-19 pandemic era, these properties have proven important towards organizing mass testing as well as providing news, updates, and information. In addition to this, the many facets of digital communication in the modern workplace have become even more important. Aside from the many practical aspects where media technologies have proven valuable or necessary, social lives have been mediated as well through familiar social media platforms, message apps, and video conference software. Moreover, the Covid-19 era has highlighted debates over misinformation, conspiracy theories, fringe online cultures, and the role of surveillance technologies in society. None of these practices represent entirely new forms of media use, but due to the pandemic they have become necessary and apparent in new ways. In summation, this special issue will be open to a wide range of topics within the scope of media culture through the prism of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Suggested topics:

  • Everyday media practices during ‘lockdowns’
  • Changing perceptions of digital media beyond the pandemic
  • Global and regional differences to changes in the role of digital media in the pandemic
  • Surveillance technologies in the battle against contagion
  • The role of news media during the pandemic
  • Remote learning experiences with and without digital media
  • Experiences with working remote and digital facilitation of consumption (e.g., online deliveries, new digitization, etc.)
  • Conspiracy theories and their proliferation through media
  • Mediation of cultural institutions (e.g., museums, theatres, etc.)


Abstracts should contain a maximum of 500 words excluding references.

Deadline for abstract submission: September 1st, 2021

Acknowledgement of acceptance for a full paper submission: September 15th, 2021

Deadline for full paper: February 1st, 2022

Deadline for revisions: June 15th, 2022

Expected publication: November, 2022


Guest editors:

Thomas Enemark Lundtofte, Assistant Professor in media studies, University of Southern Denmark

Stine Liv Johansen, Associate Professor in media studies, Aarhus University