of the International Studies Association
The International Communication Best Paper Award is presented on an annual basis to an author (or authors) of a paper presented at the previous year’s ISA Annual Convention that makes an original and important contribution to the field of International Communication. The winner then chairs the nomination committee for the following year’s annual convention. The 2019 Best Paper Award Winner was Anna Popkova.
Anna Popkova- Chair
Daniel Aguirre Azocar
Leah C. Windsor
Anna Popkova- Western Michigan University
Stanislav Budnitsky – PhD Candidate, Carleton University – “Digital Nationalism: Post-Soviet Identity Building and Internet Governance in Estonia”
Budnitsky will receive the 2018 ICOMM Best Paper Award at the ICOMM Business Meeting and Reception in San Francisco. Using Estonia as a case, his paper examined how nationalism survives and thrives in the digital age of the early twenty-first century. The piece bridges theories of nationalism, strategic communication, and global internet governance, to argue that historically grounded national identities inform post-national and post-ideological technological politics. It takes a novel approach by examining how a nation like Estonia applies nation branding and strategic communication tools to global internet governance. It highlights how national identity underlies technological politics at the national and international level.
Stanislav Budnitsky is a PhD Candidate in Communication at Carleton University (Canada). His dissertation bridges theories of nationalism, strategic communication, and internet governance in order to develop an analytical framework, which accounts for the relationship between nationalism and global digital politics. Stanislav previously undertook research at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His writings have appeared in the International Journal of Communication, USC Center on Public Diplomacy blog, and an edited collection “The Net and the Nation State: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Internet Governance,” and are forthcoming in the European Journal of Cultural Studies. Stanislav tweets at @sbudnitsky.
The International Communication Best Paper Award is presented on an annual basis to an author (or authors) of a paper presented at the previous annual convention that makes an original and important contribution to the field of international communication. The 2020 Award will be presented to the author(s) of the best paper presented at ISA 2019.
Recipients must meet the Following Criteria
Terms of the Award
How to Nominate a Paper