FSMK Day and Media and Communication Studies Conference 2018

The Swedish Association for Media and Communication Research (FSMK) and the Department of Informatics and Media at Uppsala University are together hosting the annual FSMK Day and the annual Media and Communication Studies Conference, 3-4 May 2018.

The two days conference will take place at Uppsala University, Ekonomikum, Kyrkogårdsgatan 10, Uppsala. The event is free for FSMK members.

Sign up for the FSMK Day and the Media and communication Studies Day 2018.


FSMK Day, Thursday 3 May 2018

Auditorium 2, Ekonomikum
Academic freedom - threats and harassment within the academy

12.30 – 13.00  Registration (outside auditorium 2)

13.00 – 13.15  Welcome and introduction by FSMK chairman Henrik Örnebring and Nico Carpentier, Chair of Media and Communication Studies, Uppsala University

13.15 – 14.00  Hillevi Ganetz, Stockholm University: "Gender Studies in the Eye of the Storm"

14.00– 14.45  Mattias Ekman, Örebro University: "Right-Wing Populism on the Rise - Threats to Research and Threats to Researchers"

14.15 – 15.15  Common discussion (Henrik Örnebring moderator)

15.15 – 15.45  Coffee

15.45 – 17.15  FSMK Annual Meeting 2018

17.30  Joint walk to Stockholm’s nation

17.45 – 21.00  Dinner at Stockholm’s nation

Media and Communication Studies Conference, Friday 4 May 2018

Auditorium 2, Ekonomikum
A Non-Media Centric Approach to Media Studies

9.00 – 10.00 Keynote: Shaun Moores, University of Sunderland, UK. From Non-Media-Centric Media Studies to Everyday-Life Studies with a Non-Representational Theoretical Emphasis

10.00 – 10.30  Coffee

10.30 – 11.30  Panel 1: ”How do we engage with non-media centric media studies?” Nico Carpentier, Therese Monstad, Göran Svensson, Kirill Filimonov, Uppsala University (Vaia Doudaki moderator) 

A BA-program in the digital era
Therese H. Monstad

Developing a bachelor program in media, communication and journalism studies in an era much defined by digitalization brings about expectations of a digital focus. Despite these expectations, the program was developed with a vision of combining a non-media- with a media centric view.

Non-media centric outreach. Shouldn't we talk about the world?
Nico Carpentier

Outreach is significant part of our academic remit. This presentation argues that our knowledge of media and communication studies can be used to do more than talking about media, and that we can also use a wide variety of communicational tools to actively intervene in society. This point will be illustrated with the Respublika! project.

“Distinguishing between media activists and other activists is harmful”: Alternative media, participation and the plurality of struggles
Kirill Filimonov

Participation in media is inscribed in a wider demand for democracy and inclusion in our societies. Exploring participatory practices in alternative media communities, my PhD project illustrates how existing theories within media and journalism studies, married with the poststructuralist tradition, may help us to imagine media as one of the key yet multiple sites of democratic power struggles.

Personal, generational and positional engagement with the media
Göran Svensson

Engagement with the media is shaped by our disciplinary biographies, the research generation we are part of and the position we come to inhabit. Göran Svensson reflects upon non-media centric research and his experiences of the media as journalist, sociologist and media researcher/teacher.

11.30 – 12.30  Panel 2: ”How do we teach non-media centric media studies?” Tobias Olsson, Lund University, Tina Askanius, Malmö University, Amanda Lagerkvist, Stockholm University (Ylva Ekström moderator)

Can We Actually Teach Non-Media Centric Media Studies? Critical Reflections
Tobias Olsson, Lund University

From media activism to activist media practices: exploring the virtues and limits of practice theory in bringing a non-media centric approach to teaching and researching media (and) activism
Tina Askanius, Malmö University

Momentous and mundane media: lifeline communication in the limit-situation of death online – trajectories for existential media studies
Amanda Lagerkvist, Stockholm University

12.30 – 13.00  Closing discussion

13.00 – 14.00  Lunch at Restaurant Humlan, Ekonomikum

14.00 – 17.00  PhD feedback workshop with Nico Carpentier and Tobias Olsson

Accommodation and contact data

Hotels are to be paid by each individual participant. A number of rooms have been reserved for the conference at the Akademihotellet. Use booking code 121878 when making a booking.

If your have questions about the practical arrangements, contact Ylva Ekström, Department of Informatics and Media, Uppsala University.


From Non-Media-Centric Media Studies to Everyday-Life Studies with a Non-Representational Theoretical Emphasis

Shaun Moores

What are 'non-media-centric media studies'? Is that not a contradiction in terms? Might such investigations point towards the institutional formation of an interdisciplinary field with a name like 'everyday-life studies'? What are 'non-representational' theories? How could media studies, or even everyday-life studies, possibly be done with a non-representational theoretical emphasis, given the centrality of the concept of representation for media analysis since the 1970s and the inheritance of a broader linguistic or cultural-constructionist turn in the humanities and social sciences?

This keynote paper, given by one of the main advocates of a non-media-centric perspective, is an attempt to provide straightforward answers to that series of questions, making the argument for a future shift from non-media-centric media studies to everyday-life studies with a non-representational theoretical emphasis. Shaun Moores will discuss the work of, amongst others, David Morley (media and communications), Nigel Thrift (geography), Maurice Merleau-Ponty (philosophy), Tim Ingold and Sarah Pink (both anthropology), exploring approaches that assert the primacy of practice or movement, and, in the process, challenging ideas about the primacy of representation or of the cognitive and the symbolic. There will also be some discussion of the political and empirical-research implications of a turn to non-representational theories of practice, with particular reference to the work of Pierre Bourdieu (sociology).

PhD feedback workshop

In the afternoon of 4 May, from 14:00 until 17:00, a PhD feedback workshop will be organised. There is a maximum of 10 places available, which will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. During the feedback workshop, two parallel sessions will be organised, moderated by Nico Carpentier and Tobias Olsson respectively. Each professor will give feedback to 5 PhD projects. The working language will be English.

Participants are required to write a 1500-word paper on their PhD project as a whole. There should be a report of the student’s ongoing doctoral research and not a conventional conference paper or a report of findings. Rather, it is expected that the student will briefly present the focus of the research and then take up the following key aspects of the research process: theory, methodology, design, (expected) empirical outcomes and timing.

Important dates

Applications for participation in the workshop should be received before 1 April 2018. The paper should be emailed before 16 April 2018 to Anna Henriksson. This deadline cannot be extended.