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2-3 of may

Venue: Grand Hotel Länk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster. & Gamla Rådhuset Länk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster., Jönköping

Organisers: Annette Hill (HLK, Jönköping University), Hario Priambodho (MKV, Lund University), Deniz Duru (MKV, Lund University).

Call for Papers

The dynamics of friction matter, for storytelling, for digital and global connections, and for media and social inequalities. The meaning of friction is multilayered: friction is an energetic spark, a form of social tension, and a sign of difference. We feel media friction in our daily lives, from the contingencies of media engagement, to the tensions of trustworthy information during conflict and crisis. And yet friction is often framed as something to defuse in mediated settings, to smooth away differences and encourage easy encounters. But, what of the sparks that friction generates?

Please submit an abstract of 300 words in English by January 9 2024 to Hario Priambodho. There is a registration fee of 1750 SEK (170 Euros) that covers food and drink for the two days and an end of symposium evening meal.

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This symposium provides a timely opportunity to understand both the creative force, and negative consequences, of frictions within media, culture and society. Key questions include:

1) What are the dynamics of friction across media, culture and society?

2) In what ways can friction generate creativity in storytelling and cultural artefacts?

3) How do media frictions make visible power and inequalities?

We invite researchers to explore the dynamics of friction across the following connected areas of enquiry:

  • frictions in storytelling for streaming series and films
  • epistemic frictions of truth claims in news, documentaries, and social media
  • social frictions in social movements, mobilisation and activism
  • political frictions in news, documentary, information, disinformation and polarization
  • gender, race, and disability frictions
  • communicative frictions within organisations and media and cultural industries
  • data frictions of AI and related technologies and data inequalities
  • mobility frictions for transnational communication and transportation of goods and services, humans and non-humans
  • global, local, transnational and postcolonial frictions

Thursday 2 May 2024

11.00 Registration

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Keynote Panel 1 Mobility Frictions

14.00 Coffee

14.30-16.30 Parallel Panels

16.30 Academic Publishing Roundtable

Chair Julia Brockley (Intellect Press), Natalie Foster (Routledge) and Simon Dawes (Media Theory)

17.30 Dinner (self-organized)

Friday 3 May 2024

09.30 Keynote Panel 2 Friction Fictions

10.30 Coffee

11.00 Keynote Panel 3 Info Frictions

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Parallel Panels

15.00 Coffee

15.30 Keynote Panel 4 Social Frictions

16.30 Media Frictions Roundtable

Chair Annette Hill

18.30 Dinner at Grand Hotel

The programme for the symposium across two days includes keynote panels with invited speakers, pre-constituted panels on key themes with invited speakers, a special panel on academic publishing with Routledge and Intellect, and open parallel panels. There will be a dedicated website, video, and podcasts of keynote panels.

International invited speakers for the symposium include Professor Charlotte Brunsdon (Warwick University, UK), Julia Brockley (Intellect Press), Dr Simon Dawes (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France), Natalie Fenton (Routledge), Professor Christine Geraghty (Glasgow University, UK), Professor Joke Hermes (InHolland University, Netherlands), Professor Annette Hill (Jönköping University, Sweden), Professor David Morley (Goldsmiths College, UK), Dr Kristian Møller (Roskilde University, Denmark), Dr Dylan Mulvin (London School of Economics, UK).


Media Friyctions International Symposium received funding of 150,000 SEK from Marcus Wallenbergs foundation for international scientific collaboration.

The Wallenberg Foundations is the collective name for 16 non-profit public and private foundations established by individual members of the Wallenberg family or in honor of family members.
Read more here.

Funding from MKV at HLK, Jönjöping University, and NOS-HS Network Grant ( Lund University, Sweden, Roskilde University, Denmark and University of Oulu Finland)

NOS-HS (The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences) Network ‘Mobility, Digital Media, and Mobile Socialities’ (PI Deniz Duru, co-applicants Magnus Andersson, Annette Hill, Roger Norum and Kristian Moeller)

How to get to Jonkoping

Travelling by train: take the SJ train to Gothenburg or Nässjö, depending on your route of travel, and then take the local train to Jönköping. To book your train go to

Travelling by bus: take the Flixbus or Vybuss to Jönköping Resecentrum. To book your bus go to or

Travelling by plane: Gothenburg Landvetter Airport is the main airport, with regular bus and trains to Jönköping (e.g. Vybuss goes ten times per day direct from the airport to Jönköping Resecentrum). Linköping City Airport has a regular shuttle plane with KLM, via Schiphol Amsterdam. VyBuss and Flixbus go from Linköping Central Station to Jönköping Resecentrum.

How to get to the Venue

Grand Hotel is the main venue for our symposium. It is located on Hovrättstorget, a beautiful square in the centre of the city. The equally beautiful Gamla Rådhuset is also on this square, where there is a coffee shop located on the ground floor and our second conference venue for breakout panels and roundtables.

Grand Hotel is a ten minute walk from Jönköping Resecentrum. If you come out of the train and bus station, go right to a central pedestrian shopping street, and it is a short walk to the square where the hotel is located.

A special rate for Grand Hotel (quote Media Frictions in your booking reservation)

Single room 1062 SEK, medium room 1152 SEK, large room 1330 SEK

Prices include breakfast, VAT will be added.

To make a reservation go to, or email

Symposium Catering

Please inform us of any allergies.

There will be catering provided for the two days, including tea, coffee and cold drinks, a morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack.

The symposium closes with a three course meal, more information will follow about menu options and dietary requirements.

Professor Charlotte Brunsdon (Warwick University, UK)

Julia Brockley (Intellect Press)

Professor Simon Dawes (UVSQ, France)

Natalie Foster (Routledge)

Professor Christine Geraghty (Glasgow University, UK)

Professor Joke Hermes (InHolland University, Netherlands)

Professor Annette Hill (Jönköping University, Sweden)

Professor David Morley (Goldsmiths College, UK)

Dr Kristian Møller (Roskilde University, Denmark)

Dr Dylan Mulvin (London School of Economics, UK)

Dr Magnus Andersson (Lund University, Sweden)

Dr Deniz Duru (Lund University, Sweden)

Professor Stina Bengtsson (Södertorn University, Sweden)

Dr Alex Frankovitch (Birkbeck University, UK)

Professor Maren Hartmann (Berlin University of the Arts, Germany)

Dr Jamie Hakim (Kings College London, UK)

Professor Noora Hirvonen (University of Oulu, Finland)

Dr Aira Huttunen (University of Oulu, Finland)

Dr Erika Polson (University of Denver, USA)

Dr Torgeir Uberg Nærland (University of Bergen, Norwary)

Professor Susanna Paasonen (University of Turku, Finland)

Dr Sébastien Tutenges (Lund University, Sweden)

Professor Hans-Jörg Trenz (SMS, Italy)

Professor Thomas Tufte (Loughborough University London, UK)

Professor Charlotte Brunsdon (Warwick University, UK)

Charlotte Brunsdon is Emeritus Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick and a Fellow of the British Academy. Her books include London in Cinema (2007), Law and Order (2011) and Television Cities (2019). She is currently working on A Screen History of Britain.

Dr Simon Dawes (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France)

Simon Dawes is Senior Lecturer in Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. His research revolves around issues of media theory, history and regulation, as well as theoretical-methodological debates on citizenship, consumption, community/commons, neoliberalism, privacy, press freedom, public opinion and the public sphere, and discourse analysis. He is the founding editor of the journal Media Theory.

Natalie Foster (Routledge)

Natalie Foster has been commissioning books for the Routledge media and cultural studies list since 2003. Her list encompasses all aspects of media and cultural studies, including digital and social media, media industries, film, television, and popular culture. She particularly welcomes proposals for accessible, student-friendly books that critically examine the social and political aspects of media and visual cultures.

Professor Christine Geraghty (Glasgow University, UK)

Christine Geraghty is Emeritus Professor at Glasgow University. Her work focuses on representation, adaptations, soap opera and melodrama, and British screen and television. She is currently working on issues surrounding the casting of black, Asian and minority ethnic actors in British film and television.

Professor Joke Hermes (InHolland University, Netherlands)

Joke Hermes is Professor on Inclusion and Creative Industries, In Holland University. Her research meets the growing need for insights into how the creative industry can contribute to putting social issues on the agenda and solving social problems. Diversity and the changing divide between creators and users of creative products and services, often play a role. She is the founding editor of the European Journal of Cultural Studies.

Professor Annette Hill (Jönköping University, Sweden)

Annette Hill is Professor of Media and Communications at Jönköping University. Her research focuses on media audiences, with interests in media engagement, citizens and sustainable democracy, everyday life, genres, production studies and cultures of viewing. She is the author of ten books and over 90 articles and book chapters, and is currently co editing the Routledge Companion to Media Audiences (with Peter Lunt).

Julia Brockley (Intellect Press)

With creativity, commercial judgement, and a flair for anticipating emerging disciplinary trends, Julia has held senior-level publisher/commissioning roles at a range of companies including small specialists like Berg, and large, international, organisations including SAGE and Palgrave. Her publishing experience, which spans over 25 years, includes all product types - books, journals, reference, and digital resources. Julia is currently Senior Commissioning Editor for Media and Communication Studies at Intellect and a Senior Associate with Maverick Publishing Specialists.

Professor David Morley (Goldsmiths College, UK)

David Morely is Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths College, London. His work spans media audience and technology studies, cultural geography and globalization. He worked with Stuart Hall to develop empirical research based on the paradigm setting encoding and decoding model for media audiences, and has edited several collections related to Hall’s work in cultural and media studies. His recent work investigates the changing articulation of virtual and material geographies. He is the editor of the Comedia book series for Routledge.

Dr Dylan Mulvin (London School of Economics, UK)

Dylan Mulvin is Assistant Professor at LSE. His work draws on methods from media studies, Science and Technology Studies, gender studies, and disability studies, investigating how standards, infrastructures, and defaults encode and crystallise assumptions about human perception and behavior. He is the author of Proxies: the Cultural Work of Standing In.

Dr Kristian Moller (Roskilde University)

Kristian Moller is Assistant Professor at Roskilde University. His work focuses on digital ethnography, LGBTQ, social media, intimacy and intoxication. His articles and book chapters address the media go along, and ephemeral mobilities, digital chemsex publics, and critical studies in chemsex and night studies.