NordMedia Conference 2021

NordMedia2021 Goes Virtual

The planning committee of NordMedia and the local organisers in Iceland have reached the difficult decision to make the NordMedia 2021 conference a virtual one. It is too much of a risk to decide to convene in Reykjavík, because of the uncertainties about the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, the different situation in different countries, not least regarding vaccination, and persistent travel restrictions.

Nevertheless, NordMedia 2021 is going to be a great conference. ExOrdo’s virtual platform will be used and it has many promising features that will able us to create a lively discussion forum about the 350 exciting papers to be presented at the conference.

Registration will open on May the 12th. Deadline for final submission of papers and extended abstracts is June 30th.

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Recent updates

The NordMedia2021 Conference Will Be Held Virtual

With the uncertainties regarding the vaccination programs, travel restrictions, and possibilities for planning, the planning committee has made a decision that the upcoming conference, scheduled for 18–20 August in Reykjavik, will be virtual.

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Keynote Speaker: Eugenia Siapera

Professor Eugenia Siapera will present the keynote lecture at NordMedia2021 in August. Eugenia Siapera is a professor and head of the School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin. She is also the director of the newly established Centre for Digital Policy.

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Panel Discussion

The NordMedia2021 panel discussion will focus on the resilience of different types of media systems. The panellists are Brita Ytre-Arne from the University of Bergen, Kari Karppinen from the University of Helsinki, Victor Picard from the University of Pennsylvania, and Ida Willig from Roskilde University. Jonas Ohlsson from Nordicom will moderate the discussion.

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Registration Will Open in May

Submissions for NordMedia2021 are now closed. Registration for the conference will open on 12 May. 

Divisions and TWGs

NordMedia2021 has eleven permanent divisions and four temporary working groups (TWGs). All abstracts must be addressed to a specific division or TWG.

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Pre-Conference 2021

The NordMedia pre-conference is a one-day academic workshop for doctoral students in media and communication studies.

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Early bird and regular registrations will open on 12 May 2021. Information about the conference fee will be available soon.

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Contact the planning committee and the local conference organizers.

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Previous Conferences

All conferences since 1979 have been documented by Nordicom. However, information about conferences before 1997 is available only in print.

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About NordMedia

NordMedia has been held every second year since 1973. The conference migrates among the five Nordic countries, with each country hosting the conference every tenth year.

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Conference Organization 

#NordMedia21 in Reykjavik is organized by the University of Iceland in cooperation with the national Nordic research associations and Nordicom. Suggestions and ideas about the conference can be sent to Nordicom at and will then be forwarded to the planning committee.

Planning committee: Valgerður Jóhannsdóttir (chair, 2021), Aske Kammer (SMiD), Marika Lüders (NML), Mikko Villi (Mevi), Kristina Widestedt (FSMK), Balder Holm (NordMedia Network), Maarit Jaakkola (Nordicom), Margareta Melin (chair, 2019).

Important Dates

  • September 2020: Call for Temporary working groups (TWG)
  • December 2020: Call for abstracts
  • February 2021: Deadline for abstracts
  • April 2021: Decision of abstract acceptance
  • May 12, 2021: Early bird registration opens
  • June 20, 2021: Early bird ends
  • June 30, 2021: Submission of final papers
  • July 2021: Last cancellation without paying the fee
  • August 17 2021: NordMedia Pre-Conference for doctoral students
  • August 18–20 2021: NordMedia Conference