Call for Temporary Working Groups for NordMedia2021 (extended deadline)

Nordmedia2021 (Crisis and resilience: Nordic media research on the frontline) is now less than a year away, and it is high time to suggest Temporary Working Groups (TWG). It is important to note that also those TWG´s that ran at the last conference in Malmö must apply anew. NordMedia2021 will be held in Reykjavík, Iceland, on August 18-20th 2021.

Extended deadline: 4 December

How to apply for a TWG

Please write a short text of maximum 300 words that describe the main object of the TWG, its scope and place in the field. It would be best if you also argued for why your TWG should be included in NordMedia, i.e. how is it different from existing divisions. 

Also, you need to provide a short presentation text (max 200 words) of the aim of the TWG and how you interpret the theme of the conference for your division. This will be used on the conference website and in the call for abstracts. 

If you want to have a look at how divisions and TWGs were presented last time, check out the Malmö conference site.

The deadline for TWG-applications has been extended to December 4th. Send it to Valgerður Jóhannsdóttir ( If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Useful conference information

The theme of the conference is Crisis and resilience: Nordic media research on the frontline. Read the full description of the theme here

The conference will be held on Wednesday 18th to Friday 20st August 2021 at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík. A PhD pre-conference will be held August 16-17th, in Reykjavík.

The local conference-team consists of Valgerður Jóhannsdóttir (conference director), a team of local organisers at the University of Iceland, and the Icelandic conference service, Sena. The Nordic NordMedia planning-committee is involved in every step. The conference-team will, however, only organise the bigger picture, and the task of filling the divisions with content lies on the chairs of divisions and TWGs. 

To help you on your way, the Nordic NordMedia planning-committee has devised a “handbook” for chairs, which is attached. In it, you will find a to-do list with various aspects, and also a brief history of the conference itself and its aims. 

Types of presentation 

There has been a demand both to tighten the guidelines for paper-abstracts and to come up with new forms of presentations. Thus for Nordmedia2021, we will have the following forms of presentations: 

  • Paper presentation: Full paper (6-8000 words). Typically a paper presentation will have 10-15 minutes to present and 15-20 minutes to discuss the paper. 
  • Paper presentation: Long abstract (2-3000 words). Typically a long abstract presentation will have 10 minutes to present and 10 minutes to discuss the paper. 
  • Panel presentation: A number of full papers or long abstracts. Typically a panel lasts for 1-1 ½ hour and consists of a number of 10-15 minute presentations, followed by a longer discussion. There should be a common theme to the panel. 
  • Workshop: Based on a long abstract (2-3000 words). Typically a workshop lasts a whole hour, where a theme is presented during 10-15 minutes. After that, the audience becomes participants and together with presenters, make or discuss something concerning the theme. At the end of the session, there is a 10-15 minute summary. The purpose of the workshop could be to aid the presenters in their research or to come up with a common good, something all participants can use. 

Publication possibilities

  • Nordicom Review, published by Nordicom, is a digital-only open access peer-reviewed journal dedicated to contributing to a broader understanding of media, mediated communication, and journalism in the Nordic region. As chairs, you are welcome to contact the journal editors ( to discuss the possibility of linking the output from your division or TWG to a Call for papers for a special issue of Nordicom Review following the conference.
  • You are also invited to contact other journals to do special issues based on the conference. The Journalism division has done this. Please observe, this should be done BEFORE the abstract-call. 

If you make any arrangements of the publishing type, you must give information about this to Valgerður Jóhannsdóttir ( 

We look forward to working with you to make Nordmedia2021 a great conference. 

On behalf of the NordMedia 2021 organising team

Valgerður Jóhannsdóttir (

Conference organiser of Nordmedia2021

School of Political Science, University of Iceland 



Phone: +354-525-4229

Cellphone: +354-899-9340