Guest editors:

Line Nybro Petersen, Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark

Anne Jerslev, Professor, University of Copenhagen


Issue Editor:

Christian Hviid Mortensen, Curator, The Media Museum



– Submission of abstracts (300 words max, with a 100 words author-bio): July 2, 2018

– Invitation to submit full articles: July 10, 2018

– Submission of full articles: December 1, 2018

– Expected publication: Summer 2019


All abstracts should be submitted via the journal system at under the section ‘Abstracts’.

Any questions regarding the special issue can be addressed to the guest editors at and


You are invited to contribute to this special issue of MedieKultur. Journal of media and communication research. The issue draws attention to the increase in international fans of Nordic media texts or celebrities and Nordic based fandoms. In recent years, the Norwegian hit teenage streaming drama, SKAM (2015-17), captured audiences across the Nordic countries, but the show also gained a large international following. Nordic television series such as Forbrydelsen (The Killing, 2011-2014), Borgen (2010-2013) and Broen (The Bridge, 2011-2018) have also gathered large enthusiastic followings. Simultaneously, we are seeing Scandinavian actors and film directors, for example, getting international success. Danish Susanne Bier directed The Night Manager (2016-2018), Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen stared in Hannibal (2013-2015) and played the villain in Doctor Strange (2016) and Casino Royale (2006) and Nicolai Coster-Waldau stars as Ser Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones. These popular texts and celebrities have generated fan cultures both in a Nordic context and internationally. For example, international fans have gone back through Mikkelsen’s catalogue of Danish films and watched him in films such as Pusher (1996). Fan studies are still underdeveloped in Nordic media studies and this special issue aims to strengthen research in this field.

The issue place focus on fandom in a Nordic perspective with an interest in both transnational perspective and Nordic fandoms, including language perspectives, the role of transmedia storytelling for small-language media text’s ability to gain international popularity, fans engagement with Nordic culture (from knitted sweaters to russebus), fan tourism (i.e. travelling to Broen locations), Nordic media texts as cult texts, and international Nordic celebrities.  Moreover, this special issue also aims at advancing scholarly discussions about fandom and fan culture, by taking into considerations concepts such as the mainstreaming of fandom and ordinary fandom.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Empirical studies of Nordic fan phenomena (Film and television, Celebrities, Sports, Games, Music, etc.)
  • Empirical studies of transnational fandoms of Scandinavian fan objects (television shows, actors, sports teams, etc.)
  • Empirical studies of fandom of international media phenomena in select Nordic countries
  • Fan activism and fan organisation in Scandinavia
  • Scandinavian stars and fandom – in a national and international (comparative) perspective
  • Language perspectives on Nordic fan communities or fans of Nordic texts
  • Nordic TV series as cult texts
  • Mainstreaming of fandom and Nordic TV series binging
  • Fans of adaptations of Nordic texts (The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, The Killing, etc.)
  • Fans of Nordic languages, objects and culture in a broader sense
  • Comparative studies of Nordic fan phenomenon and other geographically based fandoms.
  • Interdisciplinary studies of Nordic fan culture phenomena.


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