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 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 2018 Award will be presented to the author(s) of the best paper presented at ISA 2017. The Committee is currently accepting nominations (including self-nominations) of papers that were presented in a panel or poster session sponsored by the International Communication Section (ICOMM) at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association.
Recipients must meet the Following Criteria
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Stanislav Budnitsky – PhD Candidate, Carleton University – “Digital Nationalism: Post-Soviet Identity Building and Internet Governance in Estonia”
This paper addresses the question of how national identity relates to countries’ information policy and discourse. To this end, it examines how Estonia’s attempts to present its identity as a Western liberal democracy after 1991 have informed its self-branding as a global champion of digital technologies and the internet freedom movement. The paper analyzes Estonia’s nation- and state-building discourse and its promotional digital discourse, known as e-Estonia: The Digital Society, to illustrate the analytical value of situating studies of technological histories within their respective socio-cultural contexts.
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.
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 Fellow 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.