Explore Drones, Gender and Archives this Autumn

Here are some upcoming Nordic media conferences with exciting and relevant themes, such as digital communication rights, current trends in archives and research, journalist safety, the use of drones in media, game-based learning, gender research and cultural policy research. 

Nordic Conference on Cultural Policy Research – NCCPR 2019

28–30 August 2019, Bifröst University, Iceland

NCCPR 2019 will explore cultural peripheries and questions regarding marginal culture, definitional boundaries of cultural policy research and fringes in cultural politics. Papers from a variety of disciplines and practices addressing Nordic cultural policy issues will be presented and discussed. 

Keynote Speakers

  • Constance DeVereaux, Associate Professor and the director of the MFA program in cultural management at the University of Connecticut and board member of the Sociology of the Arts Research Network.
  • Nancy DuxburySenior Researcher and Co-coordinator of the Cities, Cultures and Architecture Research Group at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal, member of the European Expert Network on Culture, and Principal Investigator of CREATOUR, a national research-and-application project that aims to catalyse and develop creative tourism in small cities and rural areas across four regions of Portugal.
  • Ágúst Einarsson, Professor Emeritus at Bifröst University and former professor at the University of Iceland; Rector of Bifröst University in Iceland from 2007 to 2010; served as a Member of the Icelandic Parliament and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Central Bank of Iceland; and previous delegate for Iceland at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.

For more information visit Bifröst University’s website

Journalism From Above: International Workshop About Drones and the Media

18–20 September 2019, Sundsvall, Sweden

The social, cultural, historical, technological, professional and ethical perspectives of using drones in relation to the media and journalism will be discussed, as well as how they are transforming journalistic practice. A goal of the workshop is to culminate in one or more peer-reviewed joint publications, and it is a good opportunity to network, plan future conferences or collaborate on funding applications. 

For more information visit Demicom’s website

European Conference on Games Based Learning

3–4 October 2019, Odense, Denmark

The 13th annual European Conference on Games Based Learning is hosted by The University of Southern Denmark and will bring together academic scholars, practitioners, game designers and other individuals involved in various aspects of games-based learning. The conference will take a cross-disciplinary approach, with contributions from Media Science and several other fields. The 7th International Educational Games Competition will also take place during the conference. 

Keynote Speakers

  • Helle Marie Skovbjerg, Design School Kolding, Denmark
  • LEGO Education in cooperation with LEGO Foundation
  • Simon Egefeldt-Nielsen CEO, Serious Games Interactive, Denmark

For more information visit the Academic Conferences and Publishing website

Rethinking Knowledge Regimes – Swedish Conference for Gender Studies

7–9 October 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden

With over 200 research presentations over three days, this is Sweden’s largest conference on gender research. Addressing topics such as feminist knowledge regimes, examining the practice of history writing and analysis to acknowledge queer heritage, decolonising feminism, and white melancholia in Sweden’s political landscape, the conference brings together the broad and interdisciplinary field of gender studies

Keynote Speakers

  • Jennifer V. Evans, professor in History at the Department of history, Carleton University, Canada & Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, artist and researcher.
  • Yuderkis Espinosa, lecturer and independent researcher of the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo and the Latin American Faculty of Sciences.
  • Catrin Lundström, Associate Professor in Sociology at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO), at Linköping University, Sweden
  • Helma Lutz, professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.

Registration deadline: 7 September 2019

For more information visit the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research website

Communication Rights in the Digital Age

24–25 October 2019, Helsinki, Finland

Communication Rights in the Digital Age is an international conference organised by the Helsinki Media Policy Research Group, the University of Helsinki, the ECREA Communication Law and Policy Section and the Euromedia Research Group. It is supported by the IAMCR Communication Policy & Technology Section. It will address national and global characteristics of communication rights and the relationship between them. How communication rights are defined and who defines regulates and monitors them will be discussed. A special issue of the Journal of Information Policy will accept submissions from conference presenters. 

Keynote Speaker

  • Philip M. Napoli, James R. Shepley Professor of Public Policy, Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, Professor of the International Comparative Studies Program, Duke University, United States.

Registration deadline: 15 October 2019

For more information visit Helsinki University’s website

Nordic Archive and Research Conference

24–25 October 2019, Helsinki, Finland

The Nordic Archive and Research Conference is hosted by the Finnish Broadcasting Company. Media archivists, librarians and journalists come together for knowledge sharing and discussion regarding current trends in archives and research, ranging from AI-based services and digital tools to how to combat online disinformation and gather news digitally. 


  • Jukka Englund, chief information specialist at the Helsinki University Library. 
  • Veli-Pekka Kivimäki teaches social media analysis at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Jyväskylä.
  • Minna Knus-Galán, a reporter at the investigative team MOT, Yle, member of ICIJ and chair of the Network Committee of ICIJ, chair of the Finnish Association of Investigative Journalism Tutkivat from 2008–2011, and Bonnier’s journalist of the year in 2015.
  • Tiina Lundell, a reporter at investigative team MOT, Yle, and chair of the Finnish Association of Investigative Journalism Tutkivat from 2016–2019.
  • Piia Naukkarinen, project manager and service designer at The National Library of Finland.
  • Hanna Nikkanen, investigative journalist and non-fiction author, editor-in-chief and a founding member of the long-form journalism publisher Long Play.
  • Petra Piitulainen-Ramsay, journalist and editor-in-chief of Faktabaari.
  • Solveig Vikene, librarian and head of archive and metadata in NTB Scanpix from 1999–2018.
  • Laurens Vreekamp, Google News Lab Teaching Fellow for the Netherlands, Belgium, and The Nordics.

Registration is nonrefundable after 6 September 2019.

For more information visit the conference’s website

The Safety of Journalists – Digital Safety

6–8 November 2019, Oslo, Norway

Research group Mekk’s 5th annual conference on the safety of journalists and digital safety is organised by The Fritt Ord Foundation with support from The National Commission for UNESCO and the research group Digital Journalism. It will address the wide-ranging safety concerns for journalists, their families and their sources. The main focus will be digital safety, but papers addressing other aspects relevant to journalist safety are also welcomed. The conference will consist of keynote speakers, working groups, panels and paper presentations.

For more information visit the European Communication Research and Education Association’s website

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