Julia Sonnevend:
Charm: How Magnetic Personalities Shape Global Politics
forthcoming with Princeton University Press in August 2024, available for preorder.

Stories Without Borders: The Berlin Wall and the Making of a Global Iconic Event. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

The Times Higher Education; Journal of Communication; Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism; Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; Media, Culture & Society

Book award
Runner-up Best Book Award in the Global Communication and Social Change Division of the International Communication Association

Hungarian (Corvina Publisher, June 2018)

Edited volume

Greenhow, C.,Sonnevend J., & Agur, C. (Eds.). (2016). Education and Social Media: Toward a Digital Future. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Journal articles

Sonnevend, J. (2024) Populist Iconicity: The Contradictions of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán as a Political Celebrity. JCMS: Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, vol. 63 no. 2, 2024, p. 169-175.

Sonnevend, J., & Kövesdi, V. (2023). More Than Just a Strongman: The
Strategic Construction of Viktor Orbán’s Charismatic Authority on
The International Journal of Press/Politics, 0(0).

Sonnevend, J. & Steiert, O. (2022). The Power of Predictability: How Angela Merkel Constructed Her Authenticity on Instagram. New Media & Society, 0(0).

Sonnevend, J. (2020). A virus as an Icon: The 2020 Pandemic in ImagesAmerican Journal of Cultural Sociology. 12451-461.

Sonnevend, J. & Katz, Y. (2020). Capturing Hearts: Charm, Personal Magnetism and The Iranian Nuclear Deal in the American and Israeli PressJournalism Studies, 21 (11):1551–1570.

Sonnevend, J. & Kim, Y. (2020). An unlikely seducer: Kim Jong-un’s charm offensive from the PyeongChang Winter Olympics until the Trump-Kim summitInternational Journal of Communication14, 1398–1420.

Sonnevend, J. (2019) Charm offensive: mediatized country image transformations in international relationsInformation, Communication & Society22(5), 695-701.

Sonnevend, J. (2018). The lasting charm of Media EventsMedia, Culture & Society 40(1), 122-126.

Sonnevend, J. (2018).  Interruptions of time: The coverage of the missing Malaysian plane MH370 and the concept of “events” in media researchJournalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism 19(1), 75-92.

Sonnevend, J. (May 25, 2017). Our New Walls: The Rise of Separation Barriers in the Age of GlobalizationE-International Relations (also published on Public Seminar).

Sonnevend, J. (2015). “Symbol of Hope for a World Without Walls”: The Fall of the Berlin Wall as a Global Iconic EventDivinatio, 39-40, 223-233 (also translated into Bulgarian)

Sonnevend, J. (2013). Counterrevolutionary icons: The representation of the 1956 ‘counterrevolution’ in the Hungarian communist pressJournalism Studies, 14(3), 336-354.

Special issues in
peer-reviewed journals

Sonnevend, J. (2018). “Media Events Today”, Media, Culture & Society, 40(1), 110-113

Bodker, H., & Sonnevend, J. (2018). “The ShiftingTemporalities of Journalism”, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 19(1), 3-6

Peer-reviewed bibliography

Sonnevend, J. (2017). Media Events. In Moy, P. (Ed.) Oxford Bibliographies in Communication. New York: Oxford University Press.

Book chapters

Sonnevend, J. (2020). The East in You Never Leaves. In Laczo, F. & Gabrijelcic, L. L. (Eds.) The Legacy of Division: East and West After 1989. Budapest: CEU Press. [also published on Eurozine and Public Seminar, and translated into Slovene]

Sonnevend, J. (2018). Facts (Almost) Never Win Over Myths. In Boczkowski, P. & Papacharissi, Z. (Eds.) Trump and the Media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Sonnevend, J. (2016). Event. In Peters, B. (Ed.), Digital Keywords: A Vocabulary of Information Society and Culture (pp. 109-118). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Balkin, J. M., & Sonnevend, J. (2016). The digital transformation of education. In Greenhow, C., Sonnevend J., & Agur, C. (Eds.), Education and social media: Toward a digital future (pp. 9-25). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Sonnevend, J. (2016). More hope! Ceremonial media events are still important in the 21st century. In Fox, A. (Ed.), Global Perspectives on Media Events in Contemporary Society (pp. 132-141). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.


‚The Big Clean Up‘: The 2020 Pandemic as a Representational Crisis,“ SSRC Items, September 27, 2020

Mekkora Orbán vonzereje, és miért ilyen fontos, hogy van neki?“ 24, August 13, 2019

The East in You Never Leaves,“ Public Seminar, March 16, 2019

Why We Need More Essays about Media,“ Public Seminar, March 6, 2018

Megingott a liberális világrend, újra büszkén lehet falat építeni,“ 24, February 21, 2019

Cited in „‚Trump and the Media‘: Work-in-Progress Dispatches from a Sinking Ship,“ Pop Matters, October 29, 2018

‚There Was No Berlin Wall, and It Never Fell‘,“ Research Matters, July 5, 2017

Our New Walls,“ Public Seminar, June 16, 2017