My most recent project, starting this year, 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.
I have published an article (in Norwegian) analysing debates on welfare politics in an online discussion forum for mothers. The article is published in the first digital only Open Access edition of the journal Norsk medietidsskrift.
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.
Right now in October I am a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I have been in London for a while at the beginning of the month, and am soon returning to London to continue my visit.
I visited LSE as a Visiting Research Student when I did my PhD, and had a wonderful experience both academically and personally. It is great to be there again.
The Ida Blom Conference is now over. We had two days with an intense conference schedule, packed with keynotes, panels, discussions and social gatherings. More than a hundred scholars from all over the world participated in interdisciplinary discussions on the conference theme “Gendered Citizenship”.
Highlights for me were the opening keynote, by professor Ida Blom herself, who talked about changing gender identities in the period when women won the right to vote, and the closing keynote by professor Liesbet van Zoonen, who talked about the influence of the media on female politicians.
It was also good to meet other researchers with an interest in magazines – both people whose interesting scholarship I knew from before, and new acquaintances.
Most of all, however, it was a great to be part of the organizing team. We have worked for one and a half years planning this conference. It has been a lot of hard work and also a lot of fun. I for one am very happy with the result. Even the Bergen weather was extraordinary!