Mette Mortensen

Mette Mortensen


Primary fields of research

Media and conflict

Images and conflict

Journalism studies

Social media

Celebrity studies


Current research

My main expertise lies mainly within media and conflicts. I focus on the way in which digital media reconfigure the way conflicts are played out, represented and perceived. Moreover, I also conduct research on how the interplay between politics, popular culture and social media platforms contributes to polarization, populism and misinformation, for instance in studies of memes, influencers, anti-vax, etc.

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

    Flesh witnessing: Smartphones, UGC and embodied testimony

    Chouliaraki , L. & Mortensen, Mette, 2022, In: Journalism. 23, 3, p. 591–598

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  3. Published
  4. Published

    The Playful Politics of Memes: Introduction to special issue

    Mortensen, Mette & Neumayer, Christina, 2021, In: Information, Communication & Society. 24, 16, p. 2367-2377

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  5. Published

    “Don’t panic people! Trump will tweet the virus away”: Memes Contesting and Confirming Populist Political Leaders during the COVID-19 Crisis

    Kristensen, Nete Nørgaard & Mortensen, Mette, 2023, The Playful Politics of Memes. Mortensen, M. & Neumayer, C. (eds.). Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterCommunication

  6. Accepted/In press

    Media and the War in Ukraine

    Mortensen, Mette (ed.) & Pantti, M. (ed.), 2023, (Accepted/In press) Peter Lang.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

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