//CGCS asked Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute Alum Dr. Ešref Kenan Rašidagić to share his experiences from the Institute.
The Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute was a great place to meet fellow academics, media practitioners, and professionals from various related fields. It was a program from which one could benefit through lectures and discussions, but it was also a fantastic opportunity for networking with smart people from across the globe. I personally benefited a great deal from listening to other people’s experiences and their solutions to the problems I faced as a lecturer in Media and Politics in the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Sarajevo.
I benefited a great deal from my AnOx experience in working on a project funded by the Regional Research Promotion Program (RRPP), which aims to foster social science research in the Western Balkans, titled “Media Between Freedom and Dependence: The Role of Print Media in Refugee Return in Bosnia and Serbia”. I am coordinating this project, and in the course of developing a unique research methodology, we encountered a myriad of problems. We sought advice and again the Annenberg-Oxford alumni were there to help. There was always someone available who experienced similar problems in their own research and could help by passing on the solutions he or she found.
Another reason why I would be more than happy to return was the social life in Oxford. Annenberg did fantastic job of selecting participants; it was a blast being able to interact with them in a more casual setting. Organizers also did a great job managing the group’s professional and private interests. It was so much fun being there! Future participants: look forward to free tour of various Oxford Colleges after normal visiting hours are over, and, especially, brown bag lunch and discussion of finer aspects of media policy at the local Victorian graveyard!
//Dr. Ešref Kenan Rašidagić is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo. He teaches subjects related to International Relations, Comparative Politics, Media and Politics, Conflict Resolution and has been engaged in various NGOs as an activist and organizer of various public and humanitarian actions. Author of several books, articles, essays, studies and contributor to a number of international conferences and seminars, Dr. Rašidagić appears frequently in the media as commentator of current political, security, and social affairs in the Balkans and the Middle East. His fields of research interest include political Islam, social policy, interaction between international and local actors in interventions, and the role of new media in socialization and mobilization of youth in transitional societies.