23 June 2020

Is there a particular ”Nordicness”?

Nordic Journal of Media Studies

The 2020 volume of Nordic Journal of Media Studies addresses the very title of the journal. Is there such a thing as a particular “Nordicness” is the challenging question which this issue poses. This year’s volume is edited by Prof. Anne Jerslev (Copenhagen) and Prof. Göran Bolin (Södertörn). The journal’s chief editor is Prof. Stig Hjarvard (Copenhagen).

Traditionally, a range of cultural and societal features are attributed to the Nordic countries: the welfare state, and its welfare media state – public service, state support of film production, subsidies for print journalism – the high penetration of digital media, the Nordic countries traditionally high level of news readership, etc. In addition to specificities of the Nordic media system, the volume also considers to what extent media studies in the Nordic region represents particular perspectives or theoretical approaches that may be labelled Nordic? Moreover, what would be the scholarly advantages of pursuing a question like this – and what would be the challenges in a global, interconnected and postcolonial world of rapidly changing media systems and user patterns?

The authors contributing to the 2020 volume approach the question from a diversity of theoretical and analytical angles and include different empirical cases. In their entirety, the articles suggest that there is a “Nordic” to Nordic media studies but also that “the Nordic” can indeed look different depending on not only what you are looking at but also from where you are looking.

Read the new volume of Nordic Journal of Media Studies (Open Access).


Göran Bolin and Anne Jerslev

Media Studies the Nordic Way
Kirsten Drotner

Is There a Nordic News Media System?
Kim Christian Schrøder, Mark Blach-Ørsten and Mads Kæmsgaard Eberholst

The Media Welfare State
Gunn Enli and Trine Syvertsen

(The Domestication of) Nordic Domestication?
Maren Hartmann

Media Literacy and the Emerging Media Citizen in the Nordic Media Welfare State
Michael Forsman

A Review of Formal and Informal Regulations in the Nordic Influencer Industry
Crystal Abidin, Kjeld Hansen, Mathilde Hogsnes, Gemma Newlands, Mette Lykke Nielsen, Louise Yung Nielsen and Tanja Sihvonen

Under the Influence of Politics
Tine Ustad Figenschou, Magnus Fredriksson, Josef Pallas and Heidi Houlberg Salomonsen

Even in Sweden?
Ralph Schroeder

Creative Clusters – Urban Utopia or Regional Remedy?
Stine Agnete Sand

Legitimising a Feminist Agenda
Karin Hansson, Malin Sveningsson, Hillevi Ganetz and Maria Sandgren

Swedish Media Research in the Service of Psychological Defence During the Cold War?
Peter Jakobsson and Fredrik Stiernstedt

Factoring Size into the Equation
Jón Gunnar Ólafsson

A Turn in the Road of Media Studies
William Uricchio

Nordic Journal of Media Studies is published by Nordicom in collaboration with Sciendo.

Nordicom is a centre for Nordic media research at the University of Gothenburg, supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Nordic Journal of Media Studies is supported by the Nordic Board for Periodicals in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOP-HS)