Images of Conflict – Conflicting Images (ICCI)

ICCI is a large, four-year long (2017-2021) research project. The main research group involves seven scholars from four Danish Universities.

This research project concerns the ways in which digital communication technologies fundamentally change the circulation of images from areas of conflict. While images from conflicts used to be controlled by state and military, they are now produced and distributed in abundance by actors involved in the conflicts such as citizens, activists, soldiers, insurgents, whistle-blowers etc. across media platforms as well as across national boundaries. As a result, the news media no longer enjoy monopoly on visual conflict reporting and state/military are no longer able to censor the image flow to the same extent. However, digital media not only change public access to images from conflicts. Conflicts themselves change as the more uncontrollable image flow contributes to shape, escalate, and de-escalate conflicts – and even to create new conflicts.

The project is hosted at University of Copenhagen, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication and headed by associate professor Mette Mortensen.




Researchers from MCC

Name Title Phone E-mail
Jun Liu Associate Professor +4535328416 E-mail
Mette Mortensen Professor +4535329181 E-mail

External researchers


Velux Fonden

The project is funded by the foundation's Core Group Grant.



Visualising conflict: Photojournalism and the politics of participation

At The University of Copenhagen

Thursday  29  November 2018.  

International Conference in collaboration with International Media Support.

Keynote: Nicholas Mirzoeff, Professor NYU.

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  • Nina Grønlykke Mollerup and Mette Mortensen have published the article: "Proximity and Distance in the Mediation of Suffering: Local Photographers in War-Torn Aleppo and the International Media Circuit" in JournalismDOI: 
    Read it here

  • Bolette Blaagaard has published the research monograph Citizen Journalism as Conceptual Practice: Postcolonial Archives and Embodied Political Acts of New Media. London & New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 

  • Christina Neumayer has published the article, co-authored with Minna S Jensen and Luca Rossi “'Brussels will land on its Feet like a Cat': Motivations for Memefying #Brusselslockdown”. Information, Communication & Society,  
    Read it here

  • Christina Neumayer has published the article “Images of Protest in Social Media: Struggle over Visibility and Visual Narratives” in New Media & Society  Read it here.

  • Mette Mortensen has published the article  "Struggles for Visibility. Surveillance representations and selfrepresentations of terrorists in the news media", Journalism Studies

  • Mette Mortensen has published the article "The Self-Censorship Dilemma: Media Coverage of Terrorists in the Post-Factual Era”, Journalism Studies,  Read it here.

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