International exchange and visiting scholars

Visiting scholars are academics from other universities who conduct research at our department for a specified period. We provide a diverse and dynamic interdisciplinary research environment, regular higher seminar series, mentoring opportunities, and a workplace known for its convivial atmosphere.

We encourage applications from researchers in the field of media and communication studies who are willing to explore or collaborate on one of the current research themes within our environment.

If you're interested in this opportunity, please contact Helena Sandberg for more information.

Helena Sandberg, Professor of Media and Communication Studies and Chair
Telephone: +46 46 222 03 29

Spring 2024, Anne Nørkjær Bang

Anne Nørkjær Bang is a PhD student from the Department of Culture and Language at University of Southern Denmark. Her current research is situated within the research project ‘Endocrine Economies: The Cultural Politics of Sex Hormones”. Building on feminist STS and cultural studies scholarship, Anne’s PhD-project investigates how the birth control pill is imagined in contemporary Denmark and the role sex hormones play in these imaginaries, as they unfold in mainstream media entries, creative workshops with Pill-users, and in campaign material for new contraceptive startups, envisioning contraception ‘beyond’ The Pill. More specifically, the project seeks to read the recent unsettlement around The Pill in Denmark in relation to a moment characterized by several, entangled crisis, where the lines between purity and pollution, the body and the environment seem to be re-drawn and histories of the celebrated Danish welfare are re-told and re-interpreted. While keeping up with Danish ‘Pill-talk’, Anne has also written on figurations of endocrine disruption (European Journal of Cultural Studies, accepted 2024) and on how colonial power hierarchies were negotiated in 1980s & ‘90s print media debates over hormonal birth control use and misuse in a ‘post-colonial’ Greenlandic/Danish context (European Journal of Women’s Studies, published 2023). Finally, Anne is into space humanities and has written on multiplanetary imaginaries in the era of New Space (Kvinder, Køn og Forskning, accepted 2023).

Spring 2024, Anette Grønning

Anette Grønning is Associate Professor at the Department of Design, Media and Educational Science, University of Southern Denmark (SDU). She holds a PhD in digital communication from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Her dissertation investigated email at work. Since 2003, her research has focused on digital communication and social media, primarily in workplace settings. Her research interests include various aspects of digital communication such as mediated discourse, memory and temporalities, participation and social presence. She has extensive experience with supervising and mentoring junior scholars, phd students, master and bachelor students. Since 2019, Anette has been director for the “Digital Health” Research Group, Human Health, SDU.  She is a board member of “Digetik” (Digital ethics), a national cross-disciplinary forum for discussion of ethical challenges related to digital humanities under DigHumLab. Grønning is leading the project ‘Digital consultation’, funded by the Velux Foundations, and the Danish part of the project ‘Demography and Democracy - Healthy Ageing in A Digital World’ (HAIDI), funded by the Kamprad Family Foundation. Click here to see her latest publications.

Autumn 2023, Hanna Varjakoski

Hanna Varjakoski is a postdoctoral researcher in the HAIDI project at the University of Eastern Finland, in the Department of Social Sciences. Hanna’s background is in the Humanities, and she received her PhD in Media Studies in the University of Turku, Finland, in March 2023. Her dissertation examined the Finnish media landscape of the 2000s and what it produces and challenges as regards cultural imageries and understandings of ageing, older individuals and later life. The study focused on analyzing age representations on social media, popular fiction film and selected TV-makeover shows with a gender sensitive approach. Following the tradition of cultural gerontology, the dissertation critically examined prevailing interpretations and wider cultural modes of thinking which guide our understandings related to phenomena of the ageing population. Hanna’s research interests are in the field of cultural gerontology, in particular, but she has also worked as a researcher in a project that examined older adults’ neighbour relations and age diversity in the neighborhood. She also teaches in courses that address questions related to ageing, media culture, digitalization and health.

Autumn 2023, Amalie Søgaard Nielsen

Amalie Søgaard Nielsen is a postdoctoral researcher visiting from Department of Design, Media, and Educational Science at University of Southern Denmark. Amalie is currently working on the HAIDI project – Healthy Aging in a Digital World with researches from Lund University and University of Eastern Finland. The focus of the project is on studying the use of digital media among individuals aged 75 and above in the context of healthcare. The project aims to explore the challenges associated with adopting digital solutions and their impact on an individual's ability to actively participate as a citizen in a democratic society that values both personal engagement in health matters and digitization.

Amalie’s background encompasses extensive experience in healthcare digitization. This involves working with video consultations in substance abuse treatment in Greenland, mental health applications and internet-based cognitive therapy at the Center of Digital Psychiatry in Region of Southern Denmark, as well as the implementation of electronic medical record systems in the Capital Region of Denmark. Amalie hold a Ph.D. in Public Health from a joint program between the University of Copenhagen and Deakin University. Her doctoral thesis was titled "Use and Non-use of Digital Patient-Reported Outcomes Among People with Inflammatory Bowel Disease."




Spring 2023, Philipp Mendoza

Philipp Mendoza is a PhD researcher at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, where he is supervised by Linda Bos and Alessandro Nai. Having previously worked on affective polarisation and populism, his dissertation projects focus on the drivers, dynamics, and consequences of hostile campaigning. In his second dissertation paper, which he is working on during his research stay in Lund, he is delving into the multimodal (audio, visual) packaging of different types of social media campaign ads (negative, positive, contrast; civil, uncivil; etc.), using automated content analysis methods.




Autumn 2022, Dr. Olu Jenzen

Dr Olu Jenzen is a Reader in Media Studies at the University of Brighton, UK and the Director of the Research Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender. Her research ranges over different themes in digital media and cultural studies, gender and sexuality, with a particular interest in LGBTQ+ digital activism. She is the co-editor of The Aesthetics of Global Protest (AUP 2020) and has published in journals such as Convergence; Gender, Place and Culture; and Social Movement Studies. She is the co-editor of the special issue ‘Global Feminist and Queer Visual Activism’ (December 2022) for the Journal of Cultural Analysis and Social Change and is currently leading a 3-year project on Gender, Creativity & Community, in collaboration with the NGO Mermaids UK.



Autumn 2022, Nina Ortova

Nina is a full-time PhD student of media studies from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Her main research focuses on how the press and social media communicate the topic of obesity and weight loss towards the general public and how the discourse has changed throughout the years. Her thesis title is Media's perspectives on obesity and healthy lifestyle and their influence on society.
However, Nina has been involved in other areas of media communication as well. She has been participating on a project that focuses on how Czech sports media apply news values to news selection (not only) on social media and she has also been a part of the research team who helped establish the first code of ethics for influencer marketing professionals in the Czech Republic.

Nina also teaches a media relations seminar at Charles University and supervises bachelor theses connected to the seminar or to her PhD research topic. Besides university grounds, she works as a TV reporter and news presenter; and also as a group fitness instructor where the idea for her PhD project emerged.


Publications and conference papers:

·         Ortová, N., Hejlová, D. & Weiss, D. (forthcoming 2022/23). Developing a Code of Ethics for Influencer Marketing: The Case of the Czech Republic.

·         Langer, M. & Ortová, N. (2022). We share the sport news: News values as audience selection criteria for Czech sports media Facebook profiles. Presented at IAMCR Online 2022: Communication Research in the Era of Neo-Globalisation: Reorientations, Challenges and Changing Contexts. Beijing, 2022.


October 2019, Dr. Fredrik Heinz

Under det kommande året får institutionen äran att gästas av Fredrik Heinz, docent i datavetenskap vid Linköpings universitet.Heinz intresse inom AI handlar främst om att förstå hur datadriven maskininlärning kan kombineras med symbolisk slutsatsdragning, men han vill också som han uttrycker det ”utforska de tvärvetenskapliga aspekterna av AI som hur AI påverkar andra ämnen samt hur AI kan användas som metod i andra forskningsområden”. Heinz intresserade sig för frågor som berör AI redan på högstadiet och gymnasiet. Han var ”väldigt intresserad av rationalitet och förstå hur man kan agera optimalt rationell”. Datorers förmåga till rationalitet knyter an till det Heinz tycker är en vanlig missuppfattning kring AI. Enligt honom är det vanligt ”att tro att en dator som är extremt bra på sak som att spela ’Go’ eller ’Jeopardy’ även är bra på andra saker”. Han förklarar vidare: ”IBMs svårigheter med att tillämpa Watson i andra domäner är ett tydligt exempel på detta. Rent generellt gör vi för många liknelser mellan AI och människor, i grunden är de väldigt olika”.Under hans vistelse på KOM hoppas Heinz att han kan lära oss mer om förhållandet AI – människa, och själv hoppas han att han får ”lära mig mer om de forskningsutmaningar som ni på KOM har samt utforska hur AI skulle kunna användas för att lösa dessa”.

January 2019, Dr. Ana Jorge

Ana Jorge is Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of Portugal and a researcher at CECC (Communication and Culture Research Centre). She holds a PhD in Communication Sciences from University NOVA of Lisbon (2012), with a dissertation on Young audiences of celebrity culture, and conducted postdoctoral research on Media education (2013-15). She has studied different aspects of the relationship between children, youth and media: as media audiences, as objects of representation in the media, and as content producers. She has participated in international research networks on audience studies and digital literacy: COST IS0906 Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies (2010-14), Media Literacy Policies (2013-14), AHRC Consortium on Emerging Directions in Audience Research (2014-17), and currently COST IS1410 DigiLitEY and IS1401 European Literacy Network; and in international and national projects on the use and production of digital media by children and young people EU Kids Online, RadioActive101.

Spring semester 2018, Mania Alehpour

Mania is a PhD candidate in communication studies from the University of Tehran, Iran. Her field of research is media and children. She is interested in how children think in general and how media can affect their way of thinking!

The main focus of her research is on children and animation. Her thesis title is: Animation and Critical Thinking: a Study on Iranian Children’s Reception of Critical Concepts with a Focus on Selected Animations.

  • "Children’s Reception of Critical Contents in Brave and Frozen", Mania Alehpour & Hamid Abdollahian, (Forthcoming 2018)
  • “How Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome (AS) Experience the Internet as a Communication Medium” .  Athens Journal of Mass Media and Communications, vol 2, issue 3, July 2016, pp. 205-218.
  • "The Evolution of Representation the “Other” in the Oscar Winning Animations". Azam Ravadrad؛ Mania Alehpour . Volume 17, Number 36, 2016 pp. 85-105
  • “A Meta-Analysis on Researches which are about the ways Children Use the Internet”. Tehran. Allameh Tabatabaie Journal. 2016
  • “The Semiotic Analysis of the Images Presented in the Weblogs belong to Iranian Women”. Global Media Journal-Persian Edition. Vol 10, December 2010. ISSN 2008-0468
  • “The Semiotic Analysis of the Images Presented in the Media of the National Tax Administration”. Volume 20, Number 13 (6-2012)

27-28 September 2016, Rita Figueiras and Eduardo Cintra Torres

Visiting Professors with the Erasmus exchange programme between Lund University and Catholic University Lisbon

Rita Figueiras
Associated Professor at Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Coordinator of the PhD program in Communication Studies and member of the Board of Directors of the Research Centre for Communication and Culture - CECC. Latest book: «Beyond the Internet. Unplugging the Protest Movement Wave» (co-edited, 2016, Routledge).
Eduardo Cintra Torres
Visiting Assistant Professor, Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Researcher at the CECC. Latest of 17 books: «Marques» (História dum Perseguido) de Afonso Lopes Vieira (org.), Lisbon, INCM, 2016; Telenovela, Indústria & Cultura, Lda. [Telenovela, Industry & Culture, Inc.], Lisbon, FFMS, 2015; From Multitude to Crowds: Collective Action and the Media, co-edited with Samuel Mateus, Frankfurt, Peter Lang Ed., 2015


12-1.30PM: Venue A121 SOL Centre, Msc Media and CommunicationRita Figueiras (20 minutes presentation): Pundits and Portuguese SocietyWho are the Portuguese media pundits? Where do they come from? Is this a balanced gender space? What was the impact of structural changes in the media market and Portuguese society with regards to the space occupied by pundits? In order to answer these research questions, the session presents an empirical study regarding the space given over to pundits in Portuguese press between 1980 and 2005, a period of significant change in Portugal.
The space of opinion represents a closed circuit to those outside, but it is internally dynamic, appearing, therefore, to reveal a high level of immunity to the changes seen in the media sector and in Portuguese society, which began in the 1980s. In spite of so many major structural changes, why is the pundits’ profile perpetuating itself throughout the years is an issue that this presentation will also address.

Eduardo Cintra Torres (20 minutes presentation): Portuguese Telenovela: Industry, Text, Audience
Telenovela is the lever of the modest Portuguese audiovisual industry. In this six months research with writers, producers, directors, actors, directors and viewers of the telenovela Mar Salgado, broadcasted by the generalist private channel SIC (2014-15), the main interest was in the articulation between the industrial and cultural dimensions of the almost 300 episodes serial. The empirical research centred in the making of one episode, from its conception by the mais writer to its transmission and reception. The research was published in the book Telenovela, Industria & Cultura, Lda. (Lisbon, FFMS, 2015).


10-12PM: Venue A339 SOL Centre. Research seminar, latest research.

Rita Figueiras (30 minutes presentation): Beyond the Internet: Unplugging the Protest Movement Wave
In this presentation I will focus on my recent co-edited book "Beyond the Internet: Unplugging the Protest Movement Wave" and examine the technological dimension of the recent wave of protest movements in Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Ireland. Offering an opportunity to achieve a better understanding of the dynamics between society, politics and technology, this volume questions the essentialist attributes of the Internet that fuel the techno-centric discourse. The contributors illustrate how the Internet has helped empower these protest movements and link them all together, yet has not had the power to overcome the extranet inequalities and democratic deficits that each country faced on its own terms.

Eduardo Cintra Torres (30 minutes presentation): Social Movements, Social Networks, Crowds and 'Traditional' Media
The importance acquired by social movements and their multitudinous and media expressions in political and social life of countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Brazil, Turkey or Ukraine is unanimously accepted. This presentation aims to reflect on aspects which, however, do not seem to be properly identified and established: the crowd event as, still and always, the turning point in the impact of a social movement; the relevance of the crowd beyond the possible failure of the objectives that motivated it; the explanation of the maintenance of the importance of 'traditional' media in the era of the Internet and electronic social networks; the historical affiliation of the main features of the multitudinous phenomenon and the correct accent in what is really new, as is the case of the marked individual empowerment in some contemporary crowds, and the fluidity of activism in developed democracies.


Sanchari De is a Doctoral Scholar at the Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University, India and a recipient of the prestigious CSDS-ICSSR fellowship for her research. She has studied English Literature at the University of Calcutta and Film Studies at Jadavpur University. She has made presentations at various international conferences/ seminars/ symposia in India, Singapore and the USA. Her research interest is related to digital media, political mobilization and information aesthetics. Apart from that, she keenly studies films, specifically New Iranian Cinema. She has recently been selected by the Erasmus Mundus India To Europe (EMINTE) scholarship program to undertake research as an exchange student at Lund University, Sweden.

During her mobility period (12 months), Sanchari will by supervised by Annette Hill, take MA courses in Media and Political Engagement and Media Audiences, undertake a reading course in Media and Participation, give guest lectures on the BA in topics related to Indian media and film, digital media and political engagement, write two chapters of her thesis, present her research at the KOM seminar series, discuss her work with researchers in KOM and related departments, participate in workshops, conferences and other events within KOM and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. She will also explore teaching and research collaboration between KOM and her department of Film Studies at Jadavpur University, India.


Spring 2015

Eva Espinar-Ruiz
Between February 1 and August 31, 2015.   Eva Espinar is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology II, University of Alicante, Spain. She is also the Secretary of the Interuniversitary Institute for Social Development and Peace (IUDESP) at the same university.  She teaches in sociology of communication, social research techniques and urban sociology. Her research focuses on gender studies and sociology of media with interests in: gender representations, social movements, political participation, Internet and young people, environmental risks and advertising. She collaborates as a researcher in the project titled “Evaluation and indicators of moral sensitivity in the communication of social movements”, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.   During her stay at Lund University she will continue her research on communication, social movements, political participation and gender, discuss her work with researchers in KOM and related departments, participate in conferences, seminars and other events, explore research collaboration between KOM and her department in Alicante and participate in the Media Engagement International Conference


Autumn 2013

J. Ignacio Gallego
Between September 23 and September 28, 2013 J. Ignacio Gallego is teacher and researcher at the Journalism and Media Studies Department of the Carlos III University of Madrid. He holds a European Phd. from The Complutense University of Madrid.  He has been a research fellow at the Glasgow Caledonian University and has also participated in the Interactive Cultures Research Group based at the Birmingham City University. In 2010 he published the book: “Podcasting. Nuevos modelos de distribución para los contenidos sonoros” (Barcelona: UOC Press). In 2012 he coordinated the book “Sintonizando el futuro: radio y producción sonora en el Siglo XXI” (Madrid: IORTVE). Is member of the European Cost Action ISO 906 "Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies". He is, actually, general coordinator of the permanent international seminar “Transformations of the independent music sector in the digital era” ( and member of the national research project “Cultural diversity and audiovisual: good practices and indicators” ( Research lines
  • Audio content distribution: music, radio, audiences and technology.
  • Cultural diversity.
  • Popular music, media and digital consumes.
  • Media Landscapes (Political Economy of Communication)
  • Radio Production
  • Radio Formats
Online CV (with papers and more):

Spring 2013

José-Manuel Noguera Vivo

Between March 5 and March 31, 2013 José-Manuel is the head of department of Communication Sciences at Catholic University of San Antonio (UCAM), Spain. He teaches Multimedia Communication at Faculty of Communication and he also collaborates with differents institutions, such as the Open University of Catalonia or the National Agency of Evaluation and Foresight. He is Liaison Officer for Academics within the COST Action ISO906: “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies”. His research is focused on new media, journalism and social online movements. His last book is "Redes y Periodismo, cuando las noticias se socializan" (UOC, 2012).  During his research stay at Lund University, Noguera will maintain several meetings with academic colleagues, will teach a seminar about online social movements in Spain and he will participate in the Conference Media and Passion. His web profile can be found at (Spanish). 
Kun Li
Between March 20 and June 30, 2013

Dr. Kun Li is Associate Professor and Chair of Department of Communication, School of Journalism and Communication, Peking University. Prof. Li received her BA in English Language and Literature from Shanxi University, China, MA in Journalism from China Academy of Social Sciences, MLS in Library Science and Ph.D. in Communication from University of Oregon. Before teaching at Peking University in 1997, Prof. Li taught in various universities in China, Japan and US. Prof. Li's research interests are theory of communication, comparative studies of media systems, American media studies, international communication, among others. During her research stay at Lund University she will do research on local media’s construction of national and cultural identity. The research will be part of her research project on a comparative study of media and national image building. She will also observe courses in Media/Journalistic/Communication Studies and hold a seminar on "Chinese Media Today: Internet Participation and Government Control".
Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar
Between 3 april and 30 april, 2013

Professors at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Monteiro has a Masters degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in Sociology. Jayasankar has an M.A. in German Studies and a Ph.D. in Humanities and Social Sciences. Both of them are involved in media production, teaching and research. Jointly they have won thirty national and international awards for their films. Their most recent awards are the IDPA awards and the Best film award at the International Folk Film Festival, Kathmandu for So Heddan So Hoddan. Vibgyor Film Festival, Kerala, Bangalore Film Society and Madurai International Film Festival have organised retrospectives of their work. They have several papers in the area of media and cultural studies. They are both recipients of the Howard Thomas Memorial Fellowship in Media Studies, and have been attached to Goldsmith’s College, London and the University of Western Sydney. Monteiro was a Fulbright visiting lecturer in 2006-07 at the University of California, Berkeley. They have been visiting faculty at media and design institutions in India and abroad. They are active in campaigns for freedom of expression in India. During their research stay at Lund University they will hold a seminar on "Indian Documentary: Diversity, Borders and Cultural Syncretism".
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