TWGs for NordMedia 2019
 

TWG1 Media Across the Life Course – struggling with technology

Chair: Post.Doc. Maja Sonne Damkjaer, Center for Surveillance Studies, Aarhus University, imvmsd@cc.au.dk
Co-chair: Associate professor, Stine Liv Johansen, Centre for Children's Literature and Media, Aarhus University, stineliv@cc.au.dk

This TWG aims to create a forum for developing theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of media in a life-course perspective. This year, we want to focus discussions on the subtopic ‘struggling with technology’. Though technology is introduced to support everyday activities, it sometimes ‘gets in the way’, is experienced as difficult to handle or becomes the subject of heated debates. We invite participants to explore aspects of life with media and technology that become pertinent because they are troublesome, imbued with conflict, discomfort or uncertainty or lead individuals and groups to struggle. Through this lens, we wish to scrutinize factors of media use associated with ‘struggle’ at different stages of life and between and across generations and social groups. In line with the conference theme, this exploration calls for communication, creativity and imagination.

This TWG especially welcome studies focused on the elderly population, children, adolescents, and families. We encourage discussions on the polyvalent implications and representations of age, generations, and media, which has often been presented in dichotomous ways in media as well as in media research. We welcome contributions of all formats. 

A special issue of Nordicom Review based on the TWG theme is in the planning. 

This working group 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. 

 

TWG2 Gender and the Media

Chair: Martine Bentsen, Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University, Denmark
Greta Gober, Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University


Working group dealing with diverse aspects of the relationship between gender and the media. We are looking at deepening our theoretical, analytical and methodological interdisciplinary knowledge of the contemporary gender formations that permutes our cultures across different socio and geo-political contexts in relation to the media.
Studies can explore gendered representations and relations, discourses and symbols featured in various cultural texts, such as newspapers and magazines, television, computer games, film or advertisement. Studies can also explore how these representations are consumed. And finally, studies can look into how gender is represented and performed at the
production level of the media.

Critical exploration of contemporary social and cultural institutions will remain incomplete without profound understanding of what the media production culture is like today; who actually decides what we see in the media? What does it mean to be a media producer and what are the conditions under which media are produced? How the structural inequalities are reproduced in modern media institutions? And how is one’s participation in the production culture shaped by one’s gender, sexuality, ability, ethnicity, race, class, age, nationality? Media can both contribute to and help maintain gender inequalities and hierarchies, through the persistence of hegemonic gendered discourses, but it can also serve as a space of resistance, social innovation and cultural change. In this working group we seek to explore the old, the new and the controversial discourses and interrelations between contents, producers and consumers, or in other words between gender, identity and power.

The list of topics/themes could include (but is not limited to):
Media Profession
Media Production
Representation
Professionalization
Socialization
Journalistic roles
Journalistic profession
News production
Creative industries
Autoethnography
 
This working group 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. 
 

TWG3 Game Studies 

Chair: Patrick Prax, Uppsala university, patrick.prax@speldesign.uu.se
Co-chair:  Andreas Lindegåård Gregersen, agr@hum.ku.dk


Digital games are the primary focus of this TWG. We invite contributions from technological, aesthetical, social, political and cultural perspectives. This temporary working group accepts both panel proposals and abstracts for individual papers. We therefore also invite contributions where games intersect with other media types and technological practice.
Digital games have increasingly become a central part of contemporary culture and society both on a global scale and with a focus on the Nordic countries. More people in the Nordics play games than not. Digital games are among the foremost cultural commodities exported from the Nordics and we are hosting gaming events of global reach. Esports and streaming are central elements of youth culture. Issues such as problematic gaming and violent content in games are debated in mainstream media, and phenomena such as loot boxes and skin betting has led to discussions of regulating games on a policy level.

For this conference we are especially interested in work that investigates various gaming practices (including practices related to games, play and media), for example competitive play, streaming, modding, playful media practices of production and consumption, game production as communication or creativity etc.

This working group 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. 
 

TWG4 Audience Studies

Chair: Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Malmö University, pille.pruulmann.vengerfeldt@mah.se
Vice-chair: Kim Christian Schrøder, Roskilde universitet kimsc@ruc.dk 
Vice-chair: Annette Hill, Lund university annette.hill@kom.lu.se 


The TWG in Audience studies aims to become a group uniting researchers who have their focus on the people in the media landscape, be it audiences, users, publics, participants or others. As the prediction about ‘the people formerly known as the audience’ has been negated, the Audience Studies TWG is a reflection of the return to audience studies in Europe, as many researchers in various disciplines across the humanities and social sciences identify themselves as audience researchers. 

The Audience Studies group is open to various approaches (theoretical/critical works, methodological discussions or empirical studies) and methods (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods). We hope to be joined by researchers who feel that concept of audiences deserves a distinctly cross-disciplinary and cross-media approach where audiences can be considered both medium specific as well as beyond any given medium and disciplinary boundaries. We invite studies which help to understand how changes in medium (like TV, radio, social media service, newspaper etc) influence us as audiences, as well as studies that seek to understand the mutual shaping where the changing viewer, listener or user, producer practices also change the medium. These kinds of mutual relationships can be one focus of the group. The other important strand for the aAdience Studies group is to look at the audiences that transcend mediums and follow information and entertainment flows across platforms. These kinds of cross-media audience practices result in theoretical and methodological challenges that need to be addressed in cooperation of many researchers. The audiences can be found both as individual practices worth investigating as well as global changes challenged by changing media landscapes. 

With reference to the theme of the Nordmedia Conference 2019 Communication, Creativity & Imagination: Challenging the Field, we especially welcome papers that address audiences as participatory and co-creative agents with real consequences for the way media dynamics play out in the age of digital and social media. 

This working group 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. 
 

TWG5 Media Studies in the Anthropocene

Chair: Julia Leyda (NTNU Trondheim), julia.leyda@ntnu.no
Co-chair:Jørgen Bruhn (Linnaeus University), jorgen.bruhn@lnu.se


Human activity has significantly altered our planet. The effects of anthropogenic climate change, and human engagement with it, will determine the future of life on Earth. The concept of the Anthropocene increasingly figures in contemporary humanities research, as momentum builds for the myriad research fields comprising the environmental humanities to lend our expertise to the work already occupying many of our colleagues in the social and natural sciences. We in the humanities know that narratives are not merely instruments of direct, objective communication. We are proficient in the languages of stories and narrative forms: we bring our knowledge of aesthetics, representation, and emotional engagement to this endeavor.

This temporary working group on Media Studies in the Anthropocene brings together scholars from film and television studies, photography, media and  intermediality studies, and visual culture to share their current research on contemporary humanities responses to and mediations of the Anthropocene. Specifically, the participants will discuss their work analyzing the discourses and aesthetics surrounding Anthropocene narratives about, for example, climate change, extreme weather, pollution, petrocultures, extractivism, and Arctic issues. By reading and critically discussing the stories that circulate through film, television, photography, and digital media, the presentations gathered here aim at providing a valuable cross-section of humanities scholarship that theorizes the ways in which the Anthropocene constitutes an inescapable context for contemporary cultural production.

This working group 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. 
 

TWG6 Visual Communication and Culture

Chair: Maria Nilsson, (JMK, Stockholm University), maria.nilsson@ims.su.se
Co-chair: Anne Hege Simonsen, (Oslo Metropolitan University), annehege@oslomet.no


The politics of visual communication, and the visual in mediated and cultural processes, may be particularly poignant at this historical moment of “fake news,” which in turn raises questions about visual ethics, truth and lies, credibility, agency and affect in visual communication processes and practices. In this context, and following the conference theme, the temporary working group Visual Communication and Culture particularly welcomes empirical research and critical engagement with innovative creative practices, and also encourages contributions considering how visual communication processes may address and engage the imagination and visual agency. Furthermore, given its aim to contribute to the development of theory and method, the group invites theoretical papers and contributions engaging with and developing methods for visual analyses.
 
While papers, abstracts, panel and workshop proposals addressing the conference theme “Communication, Creativity & Imagination: Challenging the Field,” are encouraged, other proposals are welcome as long as an investigation of—or through-- the visual is the primary focus. A broad spectrum of theoretical, methodological and practical approaches to the visual, are possible and encouraged, within the broad umbrella of Visual Communication and Culture, in areas including, but not limited to, multimedia, photojournalism and documentary storytelling, television, social media, advertising, visual design, data visualizations, visual literacy and education, and visual aspects of political communication. With its interdisciplinary approach, the working group brings together expertise on visual communication that, through exchange and discussion of research, may inform future scholarship in various disciplines by foregrounding visual communication processes and practices. The group participated in the NordMedia conference for the first time in 2017 with panels on: “Photojournalism: On visual media practices, fact and fiction,” “Hybrid media: Networked visualities and social media,” and “Visual Representation: Genres, reception and affect.”

This working group 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. 
 

TWG7 Health, Environment and Communication

Chair: Robert W. Vaagan, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University robertv@oslomet.no
Co-chairs (health communication): Sinikka Torkkola, Tampere Research Centre for Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Tampere sinikka.torkkola@staff.uta.fi 
Anna Sendra, Department of Communication Studies, Rovira i Virgili University anna.sendra@urv.cat
Co-chair (environmental communication): Eva Åsen Ekstrand, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, University of Gävle Eva.Ekstrand@hig.se
Maja Klausen, makl@sdu.dk
Anette H. Grønning, ahg@sdu.dk


The new TWG on Health, Environment and Communication aims to bring together scholars who are currently developing health communication and environmental communication research at different levels of analysis ranging from individual patients and practitioners to groups, organizations, nations and transnational levels, in order to deepen the theoretical, analytical and methodological knowledge of these fields of study. This TWG welcomes contributions of studies from both Nordic and international researchers, including, but not limited to, patient-provider interactions, health literacy, health promotion, health education, media and health, media representations of health issues, health campaigns, e-health, health and lifestyle apps, health-related communication related to organizations, risk and crisis communication, gamification, local and global environment and climate perspectives. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary contributions focused on digital health and health environment. 

In a constantly changing scenario, where people are surrounded by technology and more than the half of the global population uses Internet regularly, health professionals need to find new and creative ways to provide healthcare. Technology like health apps are creating new relations between patients and doctors, and virtual hospitals are emerging. In this sense, could illness expressions of sufferers be used as a complementary tool for treatment and diagnoses of diseases? How are these new communication processes (involving apps or artificial intelligence, among others) changing the delivery of healthcare?

At the same time, there is increasing realization of the importance of environmental (including climate-related) health issues. The right to a healthy environment is now e.g. constitutionally enshrined as a human right in Norway. We therefore also welcome theoretical reflections and empirically based case studies of how health problems are communicated in relation to environmental issues or climate change issues (cf UNFCCC); health problems in terms of anything from malnutrition to obesity, from epidemics and hygiene issues to HiV prevention. And vice versa, how environmental or climate change issues are communicated in relation to global or locally defined health issues. 

With the creation of this TWG, we want to provide a focal point and venue for scholars from different disciplines and countries to discuss the approaches and streams of current health and environmental communication locally and globally.

This working group 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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