NordMedia Conference

Welcome to the home of the NordMedia Conference! Here, you can look up information about past conferences and stay up-to-date with developments of future conferences.

Save the Date:

Reykjavik 18-20 August 2021

The next NordMedia Conference will take place in Reykjavik, Iceland. Save the date: 18–20 August 2021! Before the conference, a pre-conference for doctoral students will be organized, providing young researchers with the possibility to discuss their projects under the supervision of experienced Nordic scholars. The planning of the upcoming conference has already begun. Details will be announced later. For inquiries regarding the upcoming conference, please contact
Reykjavik 18-20 August 2021

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.

As a basic principle, NordMedia is a rather informal conference, where discussion about research is the main task, rather than only presenting research. The conference includes plenary sessions, but the main business goes on in the division sessions.

The conference organisation

NordMedia is organised by the national media and communication associations in cooperation with Nordicom. Planning for the next NordMedia starts immediately after the last one is finished, with organisers meeting online a few times every semester and during the period between conferences. The committee meets once in the city where the next NordMedia will be held.

Suggestions and ideas for the conference can be sent to Nordicom and will be forwarded to the organising committee. 

About a year before a conference is held, a local organising committee is created to make contact with chairs, co-chairs and participants. However, throughout the planning process, online meetings with the Nordic committee continue.

Everyone participating in the conference pays the full fee – no discounts are given.

Some important dates

The year before the conference:

  • September: Call for proposals for TWGs (temporary working groups)
  • December: Call for abstracts

The same year as the conference is held:

  • February: Deadline for abstracts
  • March: Decisions regarding abstract acceptance
  • April: Open for early-bird registration
  • May: Early-bird registration ends
  • June: Last chance for cancellation without paying the fee; deadline for papers
  • August: Conference

About the divisions and temporary working groups

NordMedia has 10 divisions and between 5–10 temporary working groups (TWGs) at every conference. A TWG can become a division when it has been operating for a few conferences and is functioning well. Both divisions and TWGs can be closed if they are not functional. Around one year before a conference is held, it is possible to submit proposals for new TWGs. The organising committee makes decisions about divisions and TWGs.

The chairs for divisions and TWGs

All divisions and TWGs have one chair and one or two co-chairs. It is desirable that at least one of these persons is a senior scholar. A presidency period normally lasts for three conferences (six years). The nomination process for new chair or co-chair should be conducted by someone in the division or TWG who is not a chair or co-chair after the sessions are finished at the conference where the chair or co-chair steps down. The election should be scheduled beforehand. 

Golden rules for the sessions

  • One of the most important tasks for a chair is time keeping. Please be careful with this!
  • It is desirable that every paper is given 30 minutes: 10–15 minutes for presentation, with time for comments and discussion afterwards.
  • It is possible to have parallel sessions in order to achieve the time goal for each paper.
  • All authors should be requested to upload their papers in time for the conference.
  • Every paper should have a designated discussant who has read the paper carefully before the conference.
  • All presenters are requested to have their presentations on a USB stick.
  • All groups are requested to have an internal business meeting with an oral evaluation before the business meetings, where only chairs or co-chairs are represented at the end of the conference. This internal business meeting should be scheduled.

Golden rules for authors

  • Be careful when writing abstracts – it is important for selection, scheduling and documentation.
  • Please do not change a paper’s title after the abstract is submitted. Explain, if necessary, if the paper has changed direction.
  • It is possible to submit either a full paper or an extended abstract.
  • In order to receive fruitful comments, it might be a good idea to write in the paper what kinds of issues the authors want to discuss and where the authors stand in the writing process. Is it an outline for a project, or an article that should be submitted to a journal?

Previous conferences

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