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Staff – University of Copenhagen

Mette Mortensen
Mette Mortensen


Primary fields of research

  • Media and conflict
  • Images and conflict
  • Journalism studies
  • Social media
  • Cross media communication
  • Celebrity studies

Current research

  • PI, research project Images of Conflict, Conflicting Images (2017-2021, Velux foundation)
  • Visual icons of war and conflict
  • Media coverage and media censorship of terrorism
  • "Fake news" and images from war
  • Humanitarian communication and visual representations of refugees
  • Selfies and other self representations


  • My areas of supervision include media and conflict, images and conflict, visual communication, journalism, social media, cross media communication, celebrity studies, political communication. 

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Journalism and Eyewitness Images: Digital Media, Participation, and Conflict

    Mortensen, Mette, 2015, New York: Routledge. 182 p. (Routledge research in journalism, Vol. 8).

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Social Media Materialities and Protest: Critical reflections

    Mortensen, Mette (ed.), Neumayer, C. (ed.) & Poell, T. (ed.), 2019, London: Routledge. 164 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  3. E-pub ahead of print

    Proximity and Distance in the Mediation of Suffering: Local Photographers in War-Torn Aleppo and the International Media Circuit

    Mollerup, Nina Grønlykke & Mortensen, Mette, 10 Aug 2018, In : Journalism.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Struggles for Visibility: Surveillance Representations and Self-Representations of Terrorists in the News Media

    Mortensen, Mette, 2019, In : Journalism Studies. 20, 7, p. 911-931

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    The Mobile Archive of the Self: On the Interplay between Aesthetic and Metric Modes of Communication

    Mortensen, Mette & Lomborg, Stine, 2019, In : International Journal of Communication. 13, p. 6006-6020 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    De-celebrification: Beyond the Scandalous

    Mortensen, Mette & Kristensen, Nete Nørgaard, 2020, In : Celebrity Studies. 11, 1, p. 89-100

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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