Call for Papers: Nordic Queer Cinema and Media


Call for papers

Nordic Queer Cinema and Media


Deadline for abstracts: September 1, 2019

In the present Nordic audiovisual media landscape, queer and trans characters and themes are more visible than ever. LGBTQ roles are increasingly being included in large broadcast drama series as well as in smaller web formats. Social media sites provide new audiovisual platforms for queer and trans media content, celebrity, activism and community building. The number of queer film festivals and events is steadily increasing. Still, despite the image of Nordic LGBTQ friendliness and increasing attention to diversity in cultural policies, queer and trans filmmaking and representation in feature length fiction remain relatively scarce. This special issue of lambda nordica on Nordic Queer Cinema and Media aims to address contemporary aspects of queer audiovisual publicity and world-making, as well as the history of queer cinema and media in the Nordic region. We invite submissions for articles on topics that can include but are not limited to:

- queer/trans cinema and media aesthetics

- queering cinema and television history

- queer/trans media celebrities, directors, creators and influencers in the past and present

- queer/trans activism in film, television and social media

- queer publics and fandom

- queer and trans film festivals

- queer(ing) characters and narratives in film and television

- queer(ing) Nordic social media

- queer(ing) sexual imagery

- public homonationalism

- racializing queerness/queering race in Nordic media

- queer indigeneity and Sámi representation/media production

- queering migration in the media

- cultural policy-making and diversity measures

Articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words including footnotes and references and should not have been published previously. The issue will be in English. For more detailed instructions, see the journal webpage:

Deadline for abstracts (approximately 250-300 words): September 1, 2019

Deadline for full articles: February 1, 2020

Publication: 2020/2021

Please send queries and submissions to special issue editors Anu Koivunen (, Katariina Kyrölä ( and Ingrid Ryberg (