Call for Emerging Scholar Applications to Attend the 2013 Milton Wolf Seminar

//We are currently accepting applications from doctoral students, post doctoral students, and other emerging scholar equivalents to attend the 2013 Milton Wolf Seminar.

Milton Wolf Seminar 2013

Diplomatic Maneuvers and Journalistic Coverage in a Time of Reset, Pivot and Rebalance

Vienna, Austria, April 16 – 18, 2013

We are currently accepting applications from doctoral students, post doctoral students, and other emerging scholar equivalents to attend the 2013 Milton Wolf Seminar. To be considered, please send your cv and a brief cover letter outlining your interests in the seminar topic to Ameila Arsenault by March 5, 2013.

About the 2013 Milton Wolf Seminar

This is the fourth year in a row that the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication is co-organizing the Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy with the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna and the American Austrian Foundation.

The 2013 Milton Wolf seminar addresses the critical role of diplomats and journalists in shaping the outcomes of what we call global geopolitical pivots.  Pivots in this case refer to emergent geopolitical shifts around which multiple stakeholders – from major powers, to multilateral organizations, to bloggers working in isolation – seek to provide input on the most appropriate outcomes. As Zbigniew Brzezinski defined them, “Geopolitical pivots are the states whose importance is derived not from their power and motivation but rather from their sensitive location and from the consequences of their potentially vulnerable condition for the behavior of geo-strategic players.”

Examples of contemporary global pivots that will be considered in this year’s Seminar include: the ultimate resolution of the Arab Spring countries, the shifts in geopolitical approaches to Syria, calls for regime change in Iran, and the intense Western attention to reform movements and government change in Burma (Myanmar).

In each of these cases, different state and non-state actors have put forward competing narratives advocating particular outcomes.  These narratives are circulated, among other mechanisms, through political speeches, in the press, and via the internet.  This year’s Seminar will explore the critical role of this narrative construction in shaping diplomatic outcomes.  How do diplomats, journalists, and other stakeholders seek to advocate for particular outcomes, and to what effect? Conversely, how do these geopolitical pivots or shifts affect on-going narratives of democratization, shifts from authoritarian regimes, and the role of media and communications in diplomacy?

In order to encourage an open exchange of ideas, seminar attendance is limited only to invited participants and students. Emerging scholars currently completing a PhD or postdoctoral program related to the seminar themes are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Emerging Scholars Program.

An overview of this year’s seminar is included here. More information about previous Milton Wolf Seminars can be found here and on our Facebook Page.

//More About the 2013 Emerging Scholars Program

In order to maximize opportunities for students and enrich the discussions, each year the seminar organizers select five outstanding PhD students, Post Doctoral students, advanced MA Candidates, or equivalents who are working in areas related to the seminar theme to attend the Seminar. Selected candidates will receive full funding to attend the Seminar.  In exchange for full funding, Emerging Scholars are asked to author a 2000 word blog post relating to the 2013 seminar discussions. These pieces are then collected in a Seminar Compendium published on the CGCS website. Examples of previous contributions can be found here.

To be considered, please send your cv and a brief cover letter outlining your interests in the seminar topic to Ameila Arsenault by March 5, 2013.

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