CEDAR – Consortium on Directions in Audience Research has published a Themed Section in the journal Participations. I am co-editor with CEDAR director Ranjana Das from University of Leicester. The Themed Section includes an introduction to our work and many interesting essays on important developments in audience research in the past decade.
A new article from my postdoc is out in Nordicom Review: “The Social Media Experiences of Long-Term Patients: Illness, Identity, and Participation“. It is published online now and will be in the print edition of the journal later this year.
My most recent project studies how the Norwegian population use their freedom of information to connect to – or disconnect from – the public sphere. A team of researchers led by Hallvard Moe will employ qualitative and quantitative methods in a broad exploration of the use of diverse media and cultural expressions across platforms and technologies. My role in the project is to lead one sub-project focusing on qualitative approaches, including media diaries and in-depth interviews. I will also take part in a sub-project focusing particularly on marginalized audiences.
One of my current projects is CEDAR – Consortium on Emerging Directions in Audience Research. This is a wonderful network of young European audience researchers, conducting a project on the state and future of audience research with a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK). The network is led by Ranjana Das of University of Leicester and myself as co-investigator.
Nordicom Review has published a special issue on New Nordic Journalism Research. I am happy to have one of my articles published there, probably the very last I will write based on my doctoral research project. The article is called “Changing Magazine Journalism: Key Trends in Norwegian Women’s Magazines” and aims to identify and discuss important changes in magazine journalism in the last decade.
Finally, my article from the women’s suffrage project is out. It is published in the Norwegian interdisciplinary gender studies journal Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning.
The article (in Norwegian) gives an analysis of how newspapers and women’s journals covered parliamentary debates on women’s suffrage in Norway from 1890 to 1913. Political journalism changed considerably in this period, and the question of women’s suffrage went from being highly controversial to practically uncontested in the space of a few years. Yet, there was remarkable consistency in the discourses put forward by the media, as newspapers continued to evaluate the question of women’s political participation in terms of women’s roles as wives and mothers.
The last article originating from my PhD project will be published in Feminist Media Studies vol. 14(3), which means that it will appear in print in July 2014. As that is a long way ahead, I am happy that the journal has an iFirst publication scheme. My article is already published online, and for a limited time period the full text is freely available to anyone following this link. The article is called “Positioning the self” and it is about identity and women’s magazine reading.