Behind the Scenes? Ethnic Minorities in European Media Organizations

| 7 december 2015

In this special issue of Nordicom Review we invite proposals for papers addressing one of the most important, yet under-addressed issues in contemporary European media and communication research: the presence and role of ethnic minorities working within European media organizations - from production all the way up to corporate management.

Research on the representation of ethnic minorities in television and radio programming, as well as in films and print media, has provided valuable insights, yet these studies have not been complimented by work addressing work “behind the scenes.” Thus, our understanding of the complex problems of minority representation – for example, stereotypical characters in television fiction or a lack of depth in news coverage – tend to stagnate at the organizational level.

For this special issue, scholars using a wide variety of methodologies and theoretical frameworks are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration. In addition, while we welcome scholarship looking at the presence (or lack thereof) and role of ethic minorities working within “traditional” and large-scale media organizations in Europe, we would also like to see proposals for papers investigating the place and role (or lack thereof) of minorities in, for example, smaller-scale media outlets, local newspapers, alternative media, the tech industry, gaming, music production, etc.
Finally, proposals for studies that examine the flow of staff across media outlets and platforms (such as movement from alternative and online organizations to larger, mainstream companies) are also welcome.

Christian Christensen & Gunilla Hultén, Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University.

Key Dates

  • Deadline for abstracts: January 30, 2016
    400-500 words, indicating central questions, methodology, and theoretical framework
  • Authors notified of decision: March 1, 2016
  • Deadline for completed articles: September 2016
    Max. 7000 words, followed by peer-review
  • Preliminary publication date, after peer-review: Spring 2017

For more information

For questions regarding the special issue contact Christian Christensen  or Gunilla Hultén
For questions regarding Nordicom Review contact Ingela Wadbring

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