The International Communication Section (ICOMM)

of the International Studies Association

Best Paper Award

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 2018 Best Paper Award Winner was Stanislav Budnitsky.

Nominations for the 2019. Best Paper Award are now closed.


2019 Best Paper Award Committee Members

Stanislav Budnitsky, Chair

Emily Blout

Jaclyn Kerr

Joanna Szostek

Filippo Trevisan

 


ISA ICOMM 2018 Best Paper Award Winner

Stanislav Budnitsky – PhD Candidate, Carleton University – “Digital Nationalism: Post-Soviet Identity Building and Internet Governance in Estonia”

ISA ICOMM Award (Budnitsky)

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.


ISA ICOMM 2017 Best Paper Award Winner

Efe Sevin, Post Doctoral Research, University of Fribourg – ” Traditional Meets Digital: Diplomatic Processes on Social Media,”

The winner of the award for 2017 is Efe Sevin (University of Fribourg, Department of Communication and Media Research) for his paper “Traditional Meets Digital: Diplomatic Processes on Social Media.” Looking at two data sets of relations among international actors and foreign policy leaders, the paper uses social network analysis methods to analyze relations that take place on digital platforms that approximate traditional diplomatic processes, yet may not necessarily yield influence. The paper illustrates interdisciplinary methods and perspectives, while making the case for more investigation of the digital diplomacy of middle powers.

About Efe Sevin: Efe Sevin (Ph.D., American University) is a post-doctoral Research 11114265_10152647465982085_514475648278095481_o.jpgFellow at the Department of Media and Communication Research, University of Fribourg (Switzerland). His current research focuses on the role of nation branding and public diplomacy campaigns on achieving political goals and foreign policy objectives. Before joining University of Fribourg, Efe was a faculty member at the Department of Public Relations and Information of Kadir Has University (Istanbul Turkey). His works have been published in several academic journals and books including American Behavioral Scientist, Public Relations Review, and Cities.


Previous Winners

    • 2017 – Efe Sevin, Post Doctoral Research, University of Fribourg – ” Traditional Meets Digital: Diplomatic Processes on Social Media.”
    • 2016 – Rhys Crilley,  Post Doctoral Researcher, University of Birmingham – “Through the Mud and the Blood to the Chatroom Beyond: The British Army on Facebook 2009-2012.”
    • 2015 – Milton Mueller, Professor, Syracuse University – “Are We in a Digital Cold War.” 
    • 2013 – Will Youmans, Assistant Professor, George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, “Reverse Engineering a Strategic Communication Campaign via Textual Analysis: The Domestic Foreign Policy of the CIA’s Recruitment Efforts in Arab Detroit.”
    • 2012 – R.S. Zahana, Associate Professor, American University, School of International Studies, “Relational Spheres and the Primacy of Domestic and Diaspora Publics in Global Public Diplomacy.”
    • 2011 – Ronald Deibert, Rafal Rohozinski, and Masashi Crete-Nishihata “Cyclones in Cyberspace: Information Shaping and Denial in the 2008 South Ossetia War.”
    • 2009 – Amy Below and Jenifer Whitten-Woodring “Climate Change in the News Media and U.S. Environmental Foreign Policy.”

Nomination Process

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 2019 Award will be presented to the author(s) of the best paper presented at ISA 2018.

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  • Recipients must be a current member of ISA.
  • The nomination must be made by a member of the International Communication Section.

Terms of the Award

  • The winner of the award will be recognized at the International Communication Section Business Meeting and Reception with a plaque.
  • The winner will chair the Best Paper Selection Committee for ISA 2020.

How to Nominate a Paper

  • Nominations for the 2019 Best Paper Award are now closed.
  • If you have questions about the Best Paper Award please direct them to ISAICOMM [at] gmail [dot] com.
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