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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

Teaching

  • 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).

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  2. E-pub ahead of print

    Proximity and Distance in the Mediation of Suffering: Local Photographers in War-Torn Aleppo and the International Media Circuit

    Mollerup, N. G. & Mortensen, M. 2018 In : Journalism.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. E-pub ahead of print

    Struggles for Visibility: Surveillance Representations and Self-Representations of Terrorists in the News Media

    Mortensen, M. 2018 In : Journalism Studies. Online before print, p. 1-21

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. E-pub ahead of print

    The Self-Censorship Dilemma: Media Coverage of Terrorists in the Post-Factual Era

    Mortensen, M. 2018 In : Journalism Studies.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Constructing, Confirming, and Contesting Icons: The Alan Kurdi Imagery appropriated by #humanitywashedashore, Ai Weiwei, and Charlie Hebdo

    Mortensen, M. 2017 In : Media, Culture & Society. 39, 8, p. 1142–1161 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    Digital Images and Globalized Conflict

    Blaagaard, B., Mortensen, M. & Neumayer, C. 2017 In : Media, Culture & Society. 39, 8, p. 1111–1121 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  7. Published

    Users across media: Special issue of Convergence

    Mortensen, M. (ed.) & Lomborg, S. (ed.) 2017 SAGE Publications. 110 p. (Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies; No. 4, Vol. 23).

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

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