Call for Emerging Scholar Applications to Attend the 2014 Milton Wolf Seminar

We are currently accepting applications from doctoral students, post doctoral students, and other emerging scholar equivalents who are interested in attending the 2014 Milton Wolf Seminar. Selected applicants will receive full funding to attend the events in Vienna. To apply for consideration, please submit your CV and a short letter of interest by February 25, 2014.

Milton Wolf Seminar 2014

The Third Man Theme Revisited: Foreign Policies of the Internet in a time of Surveillance and Disclosure
Vienna, Austria, March 30 – April 1, 2014


About the 2014 Milton Wolf Seminar

This is the fifth 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.

Filmed on location in 1948 in the post-World War II rubble of Vienna, the Third Man highlighted the classic Cold War themes of espionage, surveillance and visibility.  Vienna also provides the setting for the 2014 Milton Wolf Seminar, which will examine the resurgence of these themes in contemporary international relations and journalism.

The ongoing series of leaks by Edward Snowden provides a stark reminder that new communication technologies also pose new opportunities for surveillance and state power articulation.  Conversely, these same technologies also afford old and new media organizations with unprecedented capacities for counter-surveillance and disclosure on a global scale. As states from around the world formulated responses to the American spying program, journalists conveyed these actions to their readers.  International condemnation of the US spying program was sharp and swift ranging from calls for UN resolutions on privacy to reform of internet governance institutions. Much to the chagrin of many state actors, press revelations regarding similar surveillance programs by states around the world were equally sharp and swift.

Embedded in these diplomatic and media responses is a series of ongoing tensions: between privacy and surveillance; between disclosure and secrecy; and between information sovereignty and global information flows.  Rather than looking backward at these events, the 2014 Milton Wolf Seminar will look forward, exploring a range of potential diplomatic and regulatory solutions to evolving issues of surveillance and disclosure, or what we call foreign policies of the Internet.  Discussions will focus particularly on how non-Western countries are developing their own Internet foreign policy strategies and how these are shaping the evolving global Internet. Panels will explore the role of diplomats, international organizations, the private sector, civil society and the press in influencing internet governance.

In order to encourage an open exchange of ideas, seminar attendance is limited only to invited participants and students. Graduate students or post doctoral students engaged in research related to the seminar themes and interested in attending are encouraged to apply for the 2014 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.

How to Apply for the 2014 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 2014 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 Amelia Arsenault by February 25, 2014.

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