Divisions

1. Environment, Science and Risk Comm

Chair: Arko Olesk (Arko@tlu.ee)
Co-chairs: Göril Brogren-Eide (Goril.borgen-eide@hioa.no) & Anna Rantasila (anna.rantasila@uta.fi)


The Division of Environment, Science and Risk Communication highlights how issues and problems of the environment, science and risk are debated, represented and contested in public spheres. The situation for the fields seems more challenging than ever, considering the increasingly complex nature of scientific and enviromental topics, the changes in media institutions and technologies, and the tone of public debate questioning the role of experts. Or, perhaps, it is exactly this perception that needs to be challenged? We are also witnessing powerful examples of citizen engagement and democratic participation, clever uses of new media technologies to communicate and engage with risk, science and environment, and increased awareness among experts for the nuances of effective communication.
The division welcomes contributions that present research into how media represent, frame or construct scientific and environmental issues as well as studies on communicative practices amongst and between stakeholders, political actors and media actors/institutions. This includes a focus on citizen engagements, democracy and power in environmental and scientific communication and studies of public perceptions of science and risk. Interdisciplinary contributions are welcome, as are contributions from a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives. We especially welcome contributions that address the theme of the conference and discuss present challenges to the fields or challenge key ideas from the fields.

This division accepts full papers, long abstracts, panel presentations and workshops. You will find the instructions for submissions of abstracts for all these forms of presentation here. Discussants will be appointed to papers and long abstracts, but the division also assumes that all participants will read each other’s papers in order for the discussion to be more informed. 

 

2. Journalism

Chair: Turo Uskali (Turo.i.uskali@jyu.fi)
Co-chair: Bente Kalsnes (Bente.kalsnes@hioa.no)


In the increasingly digital age, journalism experiences both transformations and continuities. On the one hand, new actors, technologies, business models, structural developments, and forms of dissemination challenge the established order of the profession of journalism. On the other hand, some of the fundamentals of journalism remain relatively stable.
In this situation of shifting grounds, the NordMedia Journalism Division invites papers that advance the empirical and theoretical knowledge about as well as methodological approach to the study of journalism.
So, the division welcomes papers that deal with all forms and formats of journalism; changes and developments in journalistic practices, norms, and (professional as well as amateur) roles; ethics and configurations of accountability within the digital media environment; issues of trust and participation; social media and audience participation; online research methods of both journalists and journalism researchers; big data, data journalism, and visualizations; innovation in content, production, and business models; and journalism education and the socialization of new actors in the journalism culture.
We are particularly interested in contributions that address how current technological, social, and structural developments influence journalism, its practices, and its roles in everyday life, society, culture, and politics. We also welcome that relate journalism to other relevant media professions/practices and situates it in the broader media environment. Furthermore, we encourage revisiting the existing theories, concepts, and questions in light of these same developments, inviting the research community to critically and creatively engage in the discussion of journalism studies’ focuses and approaches now and in the future.

This division accepts full papers, long abstracts, panel presentations and workshops. You will find the instructions for submissions of abstracts for all these forms of presentation here. Discussants will be appointed to papers and long abstracts, but the division also assumes that all participants will read each other’s papers in order for the discussion to be more informed. 

 

3. Media and Communication History: 

Chair: Henrik G. Bastiansen (bastians@hivolda.no) 
Co-Chair: Minna Lammi (minna.lammi@helsinki.fi)


What kind of role have media and communication played in the past? That is the theme for this division. We welcome you to an interesting arena to discuss all aspects of this: historical studies of press, film, radio, television, internet, cell phones etc. or institutional histories, biographies, historical analysis of media texts and genres, reception history etc. How we can develop our understanding of the medias importance in the past by using historical records and documents, is of special relevance in this division. We also welcome papers that challenge and critique the whole concept of "media and communication history" itself, as well as papers on historical methodology, historiography and the theories used in the field of media history.

This division accepts full papers, long abstracts, panel presentations and workshops. You will find the instructions for submissions of abstracts for all these forms of presentation here. Discussants will be appointed to papers and long abstracts, but the division also assumes that all participants will read each other’s papers in order for the discussion to be more informed. 

 

4. Media, Globalization and Social Change

Chair: Jessica Gustafsson ( jessica.gustafsson@sh.se)
Co-chair: Kinga Polynczuk-Alenius (kinga.polynczuk@helsinki.fi)


Media and communication, as both technologies and practices, play a powerful role in the contemporary processes of globalization. The Media, Globalization and Social Change Division explores how the potential of media and communication is harnessed, or not, to generate changes in the surrounding social contexts. The Division is particularly interested in contributions that investigate various ‘global’ phenomena – for example, migration, development, democratic crisis, nationalism, and gender (in)equality – from a national, international, transnational or global perspective.  
Chiming with the general conference theme – Communication, Creativity and Imagination: Challenging the Field – the Division invites submissions that employ, interrogate, revisit and, indeed, reimagine a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches as well as empirical fields of study. With this in mind, we encourage both empirical and theoretical contributions that critically discuss the various themes of this division. We also welcome contributions that use media and communication theories in non-media centric studies, and those that transcend disciplinary boundaries in studying media and communications. We accept micro and macro studies, single-country studies and cross-cultural comparisons. 
This division accepts full papers, long abstracts, panel presentations and workshops. You will find the instructions for submissions of abstracts for all these forms of presentation here. Discussants will be appointed to papers and long abstracts, but the division also assumes that all participants will read each other’s papers in order for the discussion to be more informed. 

 

5. Media Literacy and Media Education

Chair: Mari Pienimäki (Mari.pienimaki@tuni.fi)
Co-chair: Guna Spurava (guna.spurava@gmail.com)


Media literacy and media education are widely incorporated into communication and education policies both in the EU and on the national level in many European and Nordic countries. The present media landscape is increasingly participatory, creative, playful, simulative, performative and networking. There are also many unfortunate phenomena, such fake news, trolling and cyberbullying. Since digital media, technology and environments are evolving rapidly, both new opportunities and challenges arise constantly for media educators in kindergartens, schools, youth work, libraries, museums etc.
In Division 5, we ask what do future media literacy and media skills consists of in the light of active citizenship in participatory culture? What role do creativity and imagination play in media education in formal, informal and non-formal settings? What are the most urgent questions in critical media literacy? And how to teach about the current trends and phenomena of media (e.g. datafication, personification, trolling)? What are the major digital divides today? What kind of opportunities and challenges do digital environments open up to education for children, adults, elderly, migrants etc.? What is the status of media education policies in Nordic countries and how are these policies translated into everyday practices? We also ask, for instance, what media education can possible offer for wider reform of pedagogical practices and where media education meets global education. 
Division 5 invites papers that concern the current state and future of media education from different points of view (e.g. from social, gender, ethnic, transcultural, aesthetic, ethical and wellbeing perspectives) in relation to media skills, media literacy, information literacy, social media, digital tools, digital learning environments, participatory media in all ages from babies to elderly. 

This division accepts full papers, long abstracts, panel presentations and workshops. You will find the instructions for submissions of abstracts for all these forms of presentation here. Discussants will be appointed to papers and long abstracts, but the division also assumes that all participants will read each other’s papers in order for the discussion to be more informed. 

 

6. Mediaindustries (former Media Management, Economics and Policy)

Chair: Helle Sjøvaag (Helle.sjovaag@uib.no) 
Co-Chair: Aske Kammer (aska@itu.dk)


The Media Industries Division has a history as a meeting place for media economic researchers in the Nordic countries and beyond to present and discuss on-going and finalized research and to initiate future projects and collaborations. The division invites scholars to reflect on the management, economics, and policy of mediated communication, focusing on firms, markets, and institutions as well as policy-related aspects of state intervention in the media markets. We encourage submissions reflecting the insights of diverse disciplinary perspectives and research methodologies, both empirical and theoretical.

This division accepts full papers, long abstracts, panel presentations and workshops. You will find the instructions for submissions of abstracts for all these forms of presentation here. Discussants will be appointed to papers and long abstracts, but the division also assumes that all participants will read each other’s papers in order for the discussion to be more informed. 

 

7. Organization, Communication and Promotion

Chair: Salla-Maaria Laaksonen (salla.laaksonen@helsinki.fi)  
Co-chair: Jessica Edlom (jessica.edlom@kau.se) 


This division is based in established research fields such as public relations, organizational communication, corporate communication, crisis communication, promotional communication and marketing communication. Researchers in these fields are interested in different communicative approaches and mass communication as well as in interpersonal communication. The common interest is in strategic or goal-oriented communication processes in organizations and between organizations and different publics or stakeholders in society. The research is characterized by multi-disciplinary approaches founded in the social sciences and in the humanities.

The division welcomes both critical and managerial perspectives. From traditional and historical approach researchers in strategic communication have often been working closely to practice with applied and normative assumptions. The aim has often been to develop and optimize strategic communicative practices in corporations and public organizations. However, at the same time organizations and organizational communication in society, as defined above, play a very important part globally in shaping, mediating and organizing contemporary realities and challenges. Such practices call for researchers to critically investigate them.
Examples of key concepts in Division 7 include (but are not limited to): legitimacy, relation, trust, culture, crisis, image, profile, identity, framing, promotion, agenda setting, cultivation, branding, marketing, decision -making, influencing, rhetoric, power and strategy. The division welcomes both theoretical or conceptual papers (based in analysis of concepts) and empirical studies.
The conference theme for Nordmedia 2019 is “Communication, Creativity and Imagination: Challenging the Field”. Therefore, we encourage researchers to propose contributions that focus on creative processes and creativity in communication in and between organizations, as well as to the role of imagination and imaginaries in organizational life and in the communication of organizations.

This division accepts full papers, long abstracts, panel presentations and workshops. You will find the instructions for submissions of abstracts for all these forms of presentation here. Discussants will be appointed to papers and long abstracts, but the division also assumes that all participants will read each other’s papers in order for the discussion to be more informed. 

8. Political Communication

Chair: Nils Gustafsson (nils.gustafsson@isk.lu.se) 
Co-chair: Christina Neumayer (chne@itu.dk) 


In the division of political communication we focus our interest in the political use of media and communication, and the dynamics between media, communication and democracy. Specifically, research within the division focuses on mediated protest and civic engagement, media and social movements, protest spaces and popular culture, political extremism and media, political discussion, visualizing politics, media as a political institution, the Nordic media system, the status and globalization of national public spheres, professionalized campaigning, political rhetoric, political marketing, social media campaigning, etc.
Researchers within the division come from both the humanities and political and social science departments, thus giving the group a broad and fruitful theoretical point of departure. While we are particularly interested in Nordic conditions, we welcome international scholars to submit their work in these areas.

This division accepts full papers, long abstracts, panel presentations and workshops. You will find the instructions for submissions of abstracts for all these forms of presentation here. Discussants will be appointed to papers and long abstracts, but the division also assumes that all participants will read each other’s papers in order for the discussion to be more informed. 

 

9. Theory, Philosophy and Ethics of Communication

Chair: Markus Ojala (markus.ojala@helsinki.fi)
Co-chairs: Mats Bergman (mats.bergman@helsinki.fi) & Stina Bengtsson (stina.bengtsson@sh.se)

The division offers a platform for scholarly papers and discussions which focus on communication theory, the philosophy of communication, and the intellectual history of the field and its tradition.
The division accepts papers that deal with (but are not limited to) such topics as the epistemology and ontology of media and communication, normative approaches to media and communication, paradigm debates in media and communication studies, the ethics of communication and journalism, objectivity and pluralism in the media, media and social theory, new transdisciplinary approaches in media and communication studies, and papers that focus on the future of the discipline.

This division accepts full papers, long abstracts, panel presentations and workshops. You will find the instructions for submissions of abstracts for all these forms of presentation here. Discussants will be appointed to papers and long abstracts, but the division also assumes that all participants will read each other’s papers in order for the discussion to be more informed. 

 

 10. Film and Television Studies

Chair: Pia Majbritt Jensen (piamj@cc.au.dk) 
Co-chair: Mari Pajala (mari.pajala@utu.fi)


The division of television and film studies explores a wide range of current and historical aspects of television and film as cultural and economic institutions, as narrative and aesthetic forms, and as commodities and lived experience in the creative media industries.
Recently, major technological transformations have challenged traditional broadcast television and film circulation, leading to new models of production, funding, distribution and consumption. New genres and formats have emerged within the world of fiction as well as in factual genres. Web TV and online streaming services have become still more influential. New ways of watching television and film have emerged as audiences are binge-watching, using second screens and engaging with content through social media platforms. There are new sources of financing and new ways of thinking about for example public service broadcasting and film funding in a global media landscape. However, while much is new in these digital times of cross media content and convergence, many developments build on established modes of production and traditional understandings of genres, texts and audiences.
The television and film studies division encourages research into these interplays of change and continuity from a wide variety of analytical and theoretical perspectives and to facilitate collaborations between Nordic researchers from different disciplines with a shared interest in the complex topic of how to understand and study television and film both now and back in history.

This division accepts full papers, long abstracts, panel presentations and workshops. You will find the instructions for submissions of abstracts for all these forms of presentation here. Discussants will be appointed to papers and long abstracts, but the division also assumes that all participants will read each other’s papers in order for the discussion to be more informed. 
The division accepts papers that deal with (but are not limited to) such topics as the epistemology and ontology of media and communication, normative approaches to media and communication, paradigm debates in media and communication studies, the ethics of communication and journalism, objectivity and pluralism in the media, media and social theory, new transdisciplinary approaches in media and communication studies, and papers that focus on the future of the discipline.

This division accepts full papers, long abstracts, panel presentations and workshops. You will find the instructions for submissions of abstracts for all these forms of presentation here. Discussants will be appointed to papers and long abstracts, but the division also assumes that all participants will read each other’s papers in order for the discussion to be more informed. 

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