CfP: “Media Policy and Digitalization” workshop

Update – January 25, 2017: the deadline for abstracts is extended to February 15!

Original post:

When The XVIII Nordic Political Science Congress (NoPSA 2017) takes place in Odense on August 8-11, 2017, I will chair a workshop on digitalization and media policy. Vilde Schanke Sundet from Lillehammer University College will act as vice-chair, and the workshop will constitute The 2nd European Symposium on Media Policy.

And now, the call for papers is out:


Media policy constitutes a neglected sub-field of political sciences and has, traditionally, been relegated to the realms of media and communication studies. However, since it concerns the structures that support and regulate democracy, freedom of expression, and public participation, and since it is of increasing interest to policy-makers on both national and super-national levels, it is an area that could also be of interest for the political-science community. This workshop proposes an occasion for starting such a conversation and fertilizing the ground for increased integration of media policy in the political sciences.

Issues of media policy have become pertinent in recent years as technological and social development reconfigures the object of this policy area. So, the workshop will focus particularly on the challenges that digitalization poses to media policy and the questions that it raises. These challenges include – but are not limited to – (1) how traditional media markets such as broadcasters and the press increasingly converge on digital media, challenging the regulatory frameworks and subsidy systems put in place by policy-makers; (2) how digital intermediaries such as Google and Facebook are central actors in citizens’ media use but transgress the tools of the same policy-makers; and (3) the extent to which one can even distinguish between “media policy” and other policy areas such as cultural policy, policies of infrastructure (telecommunications), and trade/business policy.

The workshop format:

We emphasize the workshop format of the event, expecting all authors with accepted abstract to submit full papers before the workshop (see timeline below) and act as designated opponents on other authors’ papers (i.e., reading the paper in advance and prepare comments). At the workshop, we will have 45-60 minutes for each paper: 20 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes for comments from the opponent, and 15-30 minutes for general discussion. This format should allow for time to work in-depth with the paper contributions. The workshop will accept a maximum of 15 papers, and we hope to be able to publish the best of them as a special issue.


  • January 15, 2017: Deadline for paper proposals. Proposals should have the form of extended abstracts (750 words) and be sent directly to workshop chair Aske Kammer (
  • March 15, 2017: Notification of acceptance
  • May 15, 2017: Deadline for Early Bird registration
  • July 15, 2017: Deadline for submission of full papers (send to workshop chair Aske Kammer,
  • August 8-11, 2017: Conference

Questions or comments?

Do not hesitate to contact me or Vilde Schanke Sundet.


Call for Papers: biennial meeting in SMiD

I have the pleasure of serving as chair of the Association of Media Researchers in Denmark (acronym: SMiD). Right now, we have the call for papers out for our biennial meeting, which will take place on October 27-28 this year.

The theme of the biennial meeting is “The Social in the Media, the Media in the Social”, Jill Walker Rettberg from Bergen University will deliver the keynote, and here is the call for papers:

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

All practical information on the biennial meeting can be found in this post on SMiD’s website (some of it in Danish – email me for details if necessary).