Star Symposium is a three day academic gathering in Bodø, a Norwegian city just
north of the artic circle. The goal of this symposium is to have a place to
discuss topics and questions that are not among the mainstream of conferences
and journals, a place to test out new ideas and listen to fresh voices in
academia. The keynote speakers will not have presented elsewhere, and the
participants are there to satisfy their curiosity and their interest, foster
new directions of research and exploration, and engage in debate and the exchange
of knowledge. The symposium is organized annually, and it has a limited number
Northern Star Symposium is organized by the Journalism research group within
the Faculty of Social Sciences, Nord University, Bodø.
theme of the Northern Star symposium 2022 is:
being obscure means it is moving in the dark; there are objects or
meanings hidden and hard to grasp, and things we cannot trust or are hard to
symposium we explore topics that are not popularly discussed, because they can
be difficult to uncover, talk about or present. They are concerned with
communication and engagement that is hard to reveal and study. We want to look
at this ambiguous engagement across multiple platforms. Play often uses
obscurity as a factor, but can also be obscure, from hide-and-seek in the dark,
to online play with anonymity, hidden agendas and obscured identities.
online obscures the functions of technology for us. The different algorithms
that control our interactions are hidden, obscuring affordances and structures.
At the same time the technology lets us reveal what might otherwise be hidden.
We also invite
obscure methodological approaches not commonly used in the humanities or social
sciences, as well as other methods utilized for the study of obscured topics,
ignored theories, ephemeral communication practices and unusual content.
abstracts of up to 500 words (not including literature lists), for the
in progress, reflection.
paper is no more than 6000 words, and will not be published, but used as a base
for commentary and discussion. The author maintains all rights to further
publishing the work.
A work in
progress is not limited in concept, but should not exceed 2000 words. The
author maintains all rights to further publishing the work.
is a statement of an idea, theory, concept, and should not exceed the abstract.
submit your abstracts to NorthernDOTStarDOTSymposiumATgmailDOTcom
information submitted to this address will only be used for communication
between the organisers and the individual, and will be deleted within one year
after the symposium.
submission date: August 15th.
acceptance dates for early submissions: From June 15th early
submissions will be considered and accepted by organization committee
consensus. Submissions are not anonymously reviewed. Program decisions will be
made by the program committee, Torill Elvira Mortensen, Tanja Sihvonen, Tomasz
Majkowski, and Joleen Blom, together with the steering committee: Lisbeth
Klastrup, Stine Gotved, Kristine Jørgensen, Susana Tosca, Mia Consalvo, Andy
Phelps, Jaroslav Svelch, and Helga Dis Isfold Sigurdardottir.
June - 15th August Abstract submissions due
September Decisions on the abstracts
October Full paper deadline
17th - 19th
of October Symposium dates