Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute 2015

The Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, U of Pennsylvania and the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy at the U of Oxford (PCMLP) are pleased to invite applications to the 17th annual Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute, to be held from Monday, 29 June to Friday, 10 July 2015 at the U of Oxford.

The Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute provides researchers, academics, practitioners, media lawyers, and activists with an intensive 2-week curriculum that covers a range of media issues. Over the past 17 years, Annenberg-Oxford has brought participants from all around the world to discuss the influence of trends in development, international politics, and technology on media policy.

The 2015 Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute is seeking applicants from around the world whose research or work is related to internet policy and politics; media and democracy; ICTs and governance/ peacebuilding; monitoring and evaluation of media development programs; the media’s role in conflict and postconflict environments; strategic communications; as well as other relevant topics. Applications are welcomed from students and practitioners working in communications, media, law, policy, regulation, and technology.

With its objective to help prepare, motivate, encourage and support students and practitioners who aspire to pursue a career in communications media, Annenberg-Oxford endeavors to help broaden and expand the pool of talented young scholars committed to careers in media, law and other disciplines. Annenberg-Oxford alumni continue to engage in the program and collaborate through network ties that are furthered throughout the years. To learn more about pasts participants, speakers, and curricula, please click here.

The deadline for all applications is Wednesday 1 April 2015 at 5:00PM EST. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis before the deadline, so please submit as soon as possible. Application Link (click to apply): https://upennasc.hobsonsradius.com/crm/forms/C7lB8OBd67020x670m7

CFP ICTs, Governance & Peacebuilding in Africa

Call for chapter proposals: ICTs, Governance & Peacebuilding in Africa

New information technologies (ICTs) such as mobile phones hold great potential to affect peacebuilding, statebuilding, governance, transparency, and accountability in Africa. ICTs ubiquity and ability to interact with older media enables citizens to experiment with innovative ways of influencing politics.  Despite strong assertions in the existing research regarding the usefulness of ICTs (and media more generally) in political and post-conflict transition, governance, and development, there is very little understanding of how people and communities in Africa actually use these ICTs, and how these uses contribute to governance and peacebuilding.

The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford are currently seeking papers for a forthcoming workshop and an edited volume. Authors are asked to provide critical analyses of how the public uses, makes sense of, and engages with ICTs, and the relationship between ICTs, the public, and governance or peacebuilding. Strong preference will be given to chapters that provide empirical evidence for the arguments put forth. Analyses should be applicable to Africa, and chapters focused on Eastern Africa are especially welcome. Academics from African universities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Funding will be provided for successful authors to attend the workshop, which will be held either in New York, USA or Oxford, UK in June or July 2014.

For chapters incorporating empirical research, we are particularly interested in qualitative methodologies (case studies, ethnography, interviews, etc.) but all approaches are acceptable.

Contributions may focus on, but are not limited to:

• The use of crowd-sourcing in conflict-affected regions • The role of ICTs in accountability or transparency initiatives • Local perspectives on citizen ‘voice’ and the use of ICTs • The use of ICTs in transitional justice processes • The intersection or merging of old and new technologies to impact peacebuilding or governance • ICT innovation at the grassroots level

Abstracts (max. 2000 words) and author biography (max. 100 words) are due by March 6, 2014.

Please send abstracts, as well as any questions, to Libby Morgan.

Notification of selected authors: March 20, 2014
Deadline for submission of rough papers in APA format: June 15, 2014
Deadline for submission of final papers in APA format (6,000-8,000
words): August 15, 2014

This book is being funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and is part of a multi-year research project on ICTs, Statebuilding and Peacebuilding in Eastern Africa.

Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute 2014

The Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford (PCMLP) are pleased to invite applications to the 16th annual Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute, to be held from Monday, June 30 to Friday, July 11, 2014 at the University of Oxford.

For the past sixteen years, the Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute has brought together young scholars, media lawyers, practitioners, regulators, and activists for two weeks to discuss important recent trends in technology and international politics and the influence that these developments have on global media policy. The objective of the program is to help prepare, motivate, encourage and support students and practitioners who aspire to pursue a career in communications media, may it be in academia, business or in policy-related fields. Participants come from around the world; countries represented at previous summer institutes include Myanmar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, Kenya, China, Brazil, Egypt, Nigeria, Jordan, Italy, Iran, Colombia, El Salvador, among others.

Annenberg-Oxford alumni continue to engage in the program and collaborate through network ties that are furthered throughout the years. To learn more about past participants, speakers, and curricula, please click here.

Applications are welcomed from students and practitioners working in communications, media, law, policy, regulation, and technology. We are especially interested in applicants with specific research projects focusing on issues surrounding global internet policy and politics, media and peace-building, freedom of expression, and media development.

For questions, please email Laura Schwartz-Henderson. Limited funding is available for a select number of participants, although applicants are encouraged to seek alternative funding sources.