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Introduction This is a normative article in the second degree. I claim there is a correlation between Nordic welfarist ideals and the formation of media studies in the Nordic countries in the 1970s and 1980s. Both, I argue, are essentially normative projects centred around claims of the common good, democratic justice, and equity. Furthermore, I make the normative contention that it is important to explore this correlation because it holds important insights that are worth holding on to if the field of media studies is to thrive with quality and relevance in a

Introduction Before proceeding with a few comments regarding directions that the Nordic Journal of Media Studies might take in the foreseeable future, I’d like to offer a proviso regarding the modifier “Nordic”. “Nordic” marks a cultural space of which I am not a part, though it is one I have been involved in through personal friendships and as a partner in various intellectual endeavours over the years, and one that I have benefitted from enormously. It's a cultural assertion of some complexity, as I learned from time spent lecturing and in visiting

: Understanding Socio-Political Allegories and Art References in Contemporary Romanian Cinema. Acta Universitatis Sapientiae: Film and Media Studies vol. 12: 67–87. Larrue, Jean-Marc. 2014. The “In-Between” of What? Intermedial Perspectives on the Concept of Borders/Boundaries. Digital Studies/Le champ numérique vol. 5. . Last accessed 17. 07. 2018. Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim. 1984 [1767]. Laocoön : An Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetry . Baltimore MD and London: Johns Hopkins


of Media Studies at the University of Oslo and Dean of Studies at the Faculty of Humanities. Her research interests are media policy, political communication, and social media. Her work appears in journals such as Media, Culture & Society , Television and New Media , Convergence , and the European Journal of Communication . Enli’s recent books are the Routledge companion to social media and politics (2016), The media welfare state: Nordic media in the digital era (2015), and Mediated authenticity (2015). Contact: Gunn. TERJE GAUSTAD is


musically disparate Nordic counter-culture with its own alternative production companies and distribution networks ( Fornäs, 1979 ). The Nordic Council of Ministers also coordinates research funding. Via the joint committee for Nordic research councils in the humanities and social sciences (NOS-HS), the Council is, for example, one of the main funders of Nordicom (the Nordic Centre for Media and Communication Research) but it also funds pan-Nordic network projects. Incidentally, the Nordic Council of Ministers is the main funder of the Nordic Journal of Media Studies


Welcome to the Nordic Journal of Media Studies . The overall theme of this inaugural issue is the ongoing changes of media infrastructures resulting from digitisation; these changes currently affect the media industries in many ways and on many levels. What we are witnessing at the moment is a fundamental transformation of these industries which has (or which will have) great implications for society at large. Patterns of distribution have been changed from push to pull, and national media markets are being challenged by an increasing presence of transnational

Introduction Studies of the history of Swedish media research and of the development of the field of media studies in Sweden – both from within and outside the field of media studies – have highlighted various aspects of this history in Sweden. One part of the picture yet to be understood more clearly is the role of military and defence interests in the development of media research as a field. It is clear that psychological defence and the fight against propaganda was a key issue during the Cold War, and that this spurred attention to and research into the

-books. This study was conducted in a small-language context, and continuous studies of similar contexts are necessary to understand fully the digitalization process of media industries. Similarly, we would welcome more studies aiming to provide comparative approaches across media. Our study only focused on the traditional printed media, books and local newspapers, and more work needs to be undertaken in comparative media studies. With a few exceptions (Waldfogel, 2017), there is an absence of conversation across various areas of media research. Lastly, as distribution has

Introduction I will debate the question of a potential specificity of Nordic theorisations through the lens of a rather specific approach: the domestication framework. It focuses on media use in everyday life, particularly on the appropriation of new media technologies in households. Originally developed within media studies in the late 1980s, domestication its mostly known through its British authors: Roger Silverstone in particular, but also David Morley, Eric Hirsch, Leslie Haddon, and Sonia Livingstone (see Berker et al., 2006 ). However, in comparison to

possible future directions of Nordic media literacy and the contributions that media studies can offer. I argue for a need to reconnect with the history of Nordic media literacy research and suggest a connection between media literacy and the media welfare state, which is the concept that Syvertsen and colleagues (2014) use to describe similarities between Nordic countries in terms of media systems and media history. In addition, I propose that the ideal of media literacy and the practices of media education are – and certainly have been – an element in the