Northern Lights: Film & Media Studies Yearbook (Journal)

ISSN 1601829X , ONLINE ISSN 20400586

Northern Lights is a peer-reviewed international publication dedicated to studies of film and media. The yearbook is a meeting place for European and global perspectives on film and media. The editors stress the importance of interdisciplinary research and welcome contributions on both old and new media.

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Editor-in-Chief

Martina Topić
Leeds Beckett University, UK
martinahr@gmail.com

Managing Editors

Sallyann Halliday
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Marija Geiger Zeman
Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Croatia

Cristina Miguel
Gothenburg University, Sweden

Notes for Contributors Download


Aims & Scope

Northern Lights is a peer-reviewed international publication dedicated to the study of film and media.

The journal focuses on the interplay between film and media and their cultural and social context. Film and media have emerged as important institutions of modern society at the same time as mobile and interactive media technologies become integrated into the fabric of wider culture and society. The development of new social networks, changes in political communication and governance and the changing relationship between art, culture and commercial markets are important aspects of these new dynamics. 

Northern Lights is published once a year and takes the form of a book-length anthology of articles related to a specific theme.

Submissions

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All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.
 
Journal contributors will receive a free PDF copy of their final work upon publication. Print copies of the journal may also be purchased by contributors at half price.

Peer Review Policy

All articles undergo initial editorial screening either by the journal's Editorial Team and/or incumbent Guest Editors. Articles then undergo a rigorous anonymous peer review by two referees, following the guidance in Intellect's 'Peer review instructions'. Based on this feedback, the Editors will communicate a decision and revision suggestions to authors. To appeal an editorial decision, please contact the main Editor who will consider your case.

Ethical Guidelines

The journal follows the principles set out by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Read our Ethical Guidelines for more on the journal's standards.

Editor-in-Chief

Martina Topić
Leeds Beckett University, UK
martinahr@gmail.com

Managing Editors

Sallyann Halliday
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Marija Geiger Zeman
Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Croatia

Cristina Miguel
Gothenburg University, Sweden

Editor-in-Chief

Martina Topić
Leeds Beckett University, UK
martinahr@gmail.com

Managing Editors

Sallyann Halliday
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Marija Geiger Zeman
Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Croatia

Cristina Miguel
Gothenburg University, Sweden

Editor-in-Chief

Martina Topić
Leeds Beckett University, UK
martinahr@gmail.com

Managing Editors

Sallyann Halliday
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Marija Geiger Zeman
Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Croatia

Cristina Miguel
Gothenburg University, Sweden


 Special Issue Call for Papers

'Female Trajectory in Film and Media' (2025)

This special issue of Northern Lights focuses on the ‘Female Trajectory’. The goal of this collection is two-fold: presentation and interpretation of narrative plots (in film /fiction/popular culture/new media, etc).

How is the female figure presented in various historical periods and how it is reflected from a feminist point of view (post-feminism, eco-feminism, etc.)? Furthermore, having in mind the well-known historical determination of female destiny, the idea of this issue is to present and analyze the unique, exciting female stories, which reflect Virginia Woolf’s statement: ‘It is the transfiguring light that distinguishes one experience from another happening from experience; it is life itself before the thought has shaped it’ (V. Woolf 1959). The ‘feminine’ is universal and yet transitory, and it can be expressed only by brittle half-phrases, symbols, and poetry (Woolf 1959).

Going beyond the stereotyped roles of women (symbolic violence), we encourage authors to find and analyze exciting, unexpected female trajectories, which defy existing facts. Case studies are especially welcome. The critical analysis of victimization and victims can contribute to our understanding of not only classic fairy-tale heroines but also their modern media-produced simulacra, which reproduce similarly powerless representations of women (Bachilega 1992).

Recent post-feminist studies reveal the deeply rooted medieval and early modern parameters (cf. Topić and Cunha 2022). According to Topić and Cunha, ‘when it comes to the portrayal of military women and the military has historically been associated with patriarchy and male domination, it seems that a post-feminist discourse emerges in which women can be both feminine and masculine, however, this points back to works that speak of blokish women and the fact women have to embrace cultural masculinity to succeed in what is apparently still a man’s world’ (Topić and Cunha 2022: 5).

This special issue is particularly interested in explorations of female trajectories in the fields of folkloristics, ethnology, cultural studies, and sociology, and in giving the historical and contemporary context of the discussed topics. Inter- and transdisciplinary research is particularly encouraged.

We welcome original research articles that explore the following topics (but are not limited to):

  • Interplay between folklore and film and media studies
  • Mythical power of the feminine
  • Female reflection in traditional lore and new media
  • Female warriors in folklore
  • Post-feminism and eco-feminism reflections in film and media

Authors are invited to submit original academic articles and newly written papers in English.

All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

Publication Timeline

1 March 2024, abstract due (150 words)

1 November 2024, full manuscript due (8000 words)

Publication: Spring 2025 

Please send an abstract, along with a brief bio, in the same file, to the Guest Editor Dr Lidija Stojanović (lidijast@ukim.edu.mk) and the Editor in Chief (mtopic@ua.edu).

General Call for Papers

Northern Lights: Film & Media Studies Yearbook is published once a year and the publication has the form of a book-length anthology of articles related to a specific theme, but also with articles outside the theme. The editor is always open to receiving submissions. Articles should not exceed 8000 words, should contain references and bibliography and must include an abstract of no more than 150 words. All articles submitted should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications.

Already published

The themes covered so far in the yearbook can be seen from the following list:

Volume 21 (2023): ‘Transforming Genitals in Culture and Media’

Volume 20 (2022): ‘Women and Girls in Popular Television in the Age of Post-Feminism’

Volume 19 (2021): 'Perpetuating Inequality: Media Discourses on “Race” and Gender' 

Volume 18 (2020): 'Europe at the Crossroads: Cinematic Takes'

Volume 17 (2019): 'Horrific Bodies: Surveillance, Screens and Screams'

Volume 16 (2018): 'Surveillance Through Media, by Media, in Media'

Volume 15 (2017): 'Political Communication in Networked Societies'

Volume 14 (2016): 'Television Drama in the Age of Media Convergence'

Volume 13 (2015): 'Books and Publishing in a Digital Age'

Volume 12 (2014): 'New Media Talk'

Volume 11 (2013): 'Age, Generation and the Media'

Volume 10 (2012): 'Re-Thinking Film and Media Production: Creativity, Convergence and Participation'

Volume 9 (2011): 'Media and Crime: Fiction and Journalism'

Volume 8 (2010): 'Newspapers and Journalism in Transition: The Printed Press as a Cultural and Political Resource in Contemporary News Landscapes'

Volume 7 (2009): 'Film, Media & Politics'

Volume 6 (2008): 'The Mediatization of Religion: Enchantment, Media and Popular Culture'

Volume 5 (2007): 'Digital Aesthetics and Communication'

Volume 4 (2006): 'European Film and Media Culture'

Volume 3 (2004): 'Visual Authorship: Creativity and Intentionality in Media'

Volume 2 (2003): 'Media in a Globalized Society' 

Volume 1 (2002): 'Realism and Reality in Film and Media'

Journal contributors will receive a free PDF copy of their final work upon publication. Print copies of the journal may also be purchased by contributors at half price.

Editor-in-Chief

Martina Topić
Leeds Beckett University, UK
martinahr@gmail.com

Managing Editors

Sallyann Halliday
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Marija Geiger Zeman
Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Croatia

Cristina Miguel
Gothenburg University, Sweden

Editorial Board

Anca Anton
University of Bucharest, Romania

Leli Bibilashvili
University of Georgia (Tbilisi), Georgia

Ivana Bilić
University of Split, Croatia

Christine Carbery
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Carol Carbone
Universidad de Belgrano and Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora, Argentina

Pedro Pablo Cardoso Castro
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Carla Cruz
University of Lisbon, Portugal

Keren Darmon
University of Greenwich, UK

Amela Delić
University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nora Denner
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

Thomas Fletcher
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Cristina Fuentes Lara
Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain

Sharon Haleva-Amir
Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Pelin Hurmeric
Yeditepe University, Turkey

Maria João Cunha
University of Lisbon, Portugal

Natia Kaladze
University of Georgia (Tbilisi), Georgia

Daniel Kilvington
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Ioannis Kostopoulos
Liverpool John Moore University, UK

Emigdio Larios
Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico

Catherine Lee Cheng Ean
Sunway University, Malaysia

Tanya Le Roux
Bournemouth University, UK

George Lodorfos
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Marijana Matović
University of Belgrade, Serbia

Cristina Miguel
Gothenburg University, Sweden

Smiljana Milinkov
University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Brigita Miloš
University of Rijeka, Croatia

Joy Ogbemudia
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Deepa Sethi
Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, India

Andréia Silveira Athaydes
United Colleges of Taquara, Brazil

Nataša Simeunović Bajić
University of Niš, Serbia

Rizwanah Souket Ali
Monash University Malaysia, Malaysia

Gareth Thompson
Arts University of London, UK

Karen Trem
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Amalia Triantafillidou
University of Western Macedonia, Greece

Daniel Trotter
Erasmus University, the Netherlands

Taylor Umland
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Lizardo Vargas-Bianchi
University of Lima, Peru

Zdenko Zeman
Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Croatia

Editorial Advisory Board

Linda Aldoory
University of Maryland, USA

Clea Bourne
Goldsmiths University London, UK

Audra Diers Lawson
Kristiania University College, Norway

Thomas Koch
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

Udi Lebel
Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Juan Meng
University of Georgia, USA

Luis Miguel Romero Rodríguez
Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain

Ralph Tench
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Elizabeth Toth
University of Maryland, USA

Jacco van Sterkenburg
Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Editor-in-Chief

Martina Topić
Leeds Beckett University, UK
martinahr@gmail.com

Managing Editors

Sallyann Halliday
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Marija Geiger Zeman
Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Croatia

Cristina Miguel
Gothenburg University, Sweden

 
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Contents

  • Volume (21): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2023


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  • Volume (20): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2022


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  • Volume (19): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2021


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  • Volume (18): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2020


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  • Volume (17): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2019


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  • Volume (16): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2018


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  • Volume (15): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2017


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  • Volume (14): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2016


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  • Volume (13): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2015


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  • Volume (12): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2014


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  • Volume (11): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2013


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  • Volume (10): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2012


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  • Volume (9): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2011


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  • Volume (8): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2010


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  • Volume (7): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2009


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  • Volume (6): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2008


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  • Volume (5): Issue (1)
  • Cover date: 2007


Editor-in-Chief

Martina Topić
Leeds Beckett University, UK
martinahr@gmail.com

Managing Editors

Sallyann Halliday
Leeds Beckett University, UK

Marija Geiger Zeman
Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Croatia

Cristina Miguel
Gothenburg University, Sweden

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