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Mette Mortensen

Mette Mortensen

Associate Professor

Primary fields of research

  • Images and conflict
  • Media and conflict
  • Journalism studies
  • Social media
  • Cross media communication
  • Celebrity studies

Current research

  • PI, research project Images of Conflict, Conflicting Images (2017-2021, Velux foundation)
  • Visual icons of war and conflict
  • Media coverage and media censorship of terrorism
  • "Fake news" and images from war
  • Humanitarian communication and visual representations of refugees
  • Selfies and other self representations


  • My areas of supervision include media and conflict, images and conflict, visual communication, journalism, social media, cross media communication, celebrity studies, political communication. The research group Images of Conflict, Conflicting Images offers the possibility for MA students to write their thesis as part of the group. Please send a written application no later than May 1 (for  fall 2017) or November 1 (for spring 2018). 

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Journalism and Eyewitness Images: Digital Media, Participation, and Conflict

    Mortensen, M. 2015 New York: Routledge. 182 p. (Routledge research in journalism, Vol. 8).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook

  2. Published
  3. Published

    Users across media: An Introduction

    Lomborg, S. & Mortensen, M. 2017 In : Convergence. 23, 4, p. 343-351

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. Published

    “The Image Speaks for Itself” – or does it?: Instant News Icons, Impromptu Publics, and the 2015 European “Refugee Crisis”

    Mortensen, M. 2016 In : Communication and the Public. 1, 4, p. 409-422 14 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    News Across Media: Production, Distribution and Consumption

    Linaa Jensen, J. (ed.), Mortensen, M. (ed.) & Ørmen, J. (ed.) 2016 New York: Routledge. 187 p. (Routledge research in journalism, Vol. 16).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

  6. Published

    The Dynamics of Mediatized Conflicts

    Eskjær , M. F. (ed.), Hjarvard, S. (ed.) & Mortensen, M. (ed.) 2015 New York: Peter Lang. 221 p. (Global Crises and the Media, Vol. 3).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

  7. Published

    Connective Witnessing: Reconfiguring the Relationship between the Individual and the Collective

    Mortensen, M. 2015 In : Information, Communication and Society. 18, 11, p. 1393-1406 14 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  8. Published

    Conflictual Media Events, Eyewitness Images, and the Boston Marathon Bombing (2013)

    Mortensen, M. 2015 In : Journalism Practice. 9, 4, p. 536-551 16 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  9. Published

    What is the Self in the Celebrity Selfie?: Celebrification, Phatic Communication and Performativity

    Jerslev, A. & Mortensen, M. 2016 In : Celebrity Studies. 7, 2, p. 249-263 15 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  10. Published

    Taking the Extra out of the Extraordinary: Paparazzi photography as an online celebrity news genre

    Jerslev, A. & Mortensen, M. 1 Nov 2014 In : International Journal of Cultural Studies. 17, 6, p. 619-636 28 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  11. Published

    When Citizen Photojournalism Sets the News Agenda: Neda Agha Soltan as a Web 2.0 Icon of Post-Election Unrest in Iran

    Mortensen, M. Apr 2011 In : Global Media and Communication. 7, 1, p. 4-16 12 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  12. Published

    Kampen om ansigtet: Fotografi og identifikation

    Mortensen, M. 20 Jan 2012 København: Museum Tusculanum. 320 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook

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