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SURVEYING IRAN: THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH AFTER THE NUCLEAR THAW

September 1, 2016 - September 2, 2016

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Given the surprising 2013 victory of President Hassan Rouhani, the 2015 nuclear deal, and the centrist upset in the 2016 parliamentary elections, social research on Iran is arguably in need of reassessment and renovation. The Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, the University of California-Los Angeles’ Center for Near Eastern Studies, and Central European University’s School of Public Policy are pleased to announce the upcoming conference Surveying Iran: The Future of Social Research after the Nuclear Thaw. The conference is currently seeking presentations on topics such as: In-depth analysis of previously under-studied institutions; innovative use of existing and under-utilized data sets from official sources; and the production of new data sets on Iran from surveys, data scraping, or other collection methods.

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The Paris Effect: Journalism, Diplomacy, and Information Controls

April 4, 2016 - April 6, 2016

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

The 2016 Milton Wolf Seminar uses the November 2015 Paris Attacks as an entry point into discussions about journalism, diplomacy, and information controls. Many have noted asymmetries in global media responses to the events in Paris and ISIS attacks in Beirut (November 12, 2015), Baghdad (November 13, 2015) and Boko Haram in Nigeria (November 17 & 18, 2015). Discussions about these asymmetries will take center stage at Milton Wolf 2016. Panelists will explore the role of actors across the geopolitical spectrum, from Western powers, to non state terrorist networks, to Iran, to Russia, to China. They will also discuss how recent events have opened up new geopolitical possibilities. For example, Iran, long a Western antagonist, has surfaced as a necessary ally against ISIS and Russia is collaborating with France in intelligence gathering related to terrorist activities. Discussions will consider the implications of a range of new and old media, individuals, and institutions in undermining and or reinforcing these trends.

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Honing the Visual: Evolving Practices in Human Rights Work

January 28, 2016 - January 29, 2016

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

This conference will bring together accomplished academics, activists, and communications professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds to focus on issues concerning human rights, global crisis reporting, and advocacy.

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BENCHMARKING DEMAND FOR INTERNET FREEDOM: REVIEWING INSIGHTS FROM RUSSIA, TURKEY, AND PAKISTAN

November 5, 2015
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

Erik Nisbet, Associate Professor at The Ohio State University will overview key points of CGCS’s Internet Policy Observatory funded research into citizen attitudes towards internet freedom in Russia, Turkey, and Pakistan, and discuss the implications of public opinion patterns surrounding internet censorship.

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Internet Policy in Latin America: Assessing Borderless Governance and Jurisdictional Concerns

April 24, 2015
09:00AM - 05:45PM

Auditorio Universidad de San Andrés

This seminar looks at the challenges posed by the increasing trend to address global internet governance with local policy instruments and institutions.

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Triumphs and Tragedies: Media and Global Events in 2014

April 19, 2015 - April 21, 2015

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

For the sixth consecutive year, 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 theme this year is “Triumphs and Tragedies: Media and Global Events in 2014.”

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What Privacy? Exploring a Constitutional Right to Information Privacy

January 23, 2015
08:30AM - 05:30PM

The University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Journal of Constitutional Lawpresents its annual Symposium.
This year’s program will consist of four panels and a reception to follow the event. Ben Wizner of the ACLU will deliver the lunchtime keynote address. The Journal invites lawyers, scholars, JCL alumni, students (both graduate and undergraduate), and other interested parties to attend.

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Ubiquity, Mobility, Globality: Charting Directions in Mobile Phone Studies

November 6, 2014 - November 7, 2014

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

A two-day conference organized by the Center of Global Communications Studies to explore interdisciplinary research on mobile phones.

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WS21: Intermediaries’ Role and Good Practice in Protecting FOE

September 5, 2014
11:00AM - 12:30PM

Workshop Room 1 (Rumeli Ground Floor/Room B1)

This IGF session will be an opportunity to present and discuss the results of a brand new research project on Internet intermediaries, commissioned by UNESCO, Open Society Foundation and the Internet Society. The workshop aims to trigger discussion on the outcomes of this research and to contribute to identifying principles for good practices and processes that are consistent with international standards for free expression.

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Internet Ungovernance Forum

September 4, 2014 - September 5, 2014

Istanbul Bilgi University

All parties interested in a safe, free internet are invited to participate or serve as volunteers.  To register for the Internet Ungovernance Forum, email kayit@alternatifbilisim.org with your name, country, and organization/university by August 31, 2014. If you would like to coordinate or participate on a panel or would like to set up a workshop, send proposals to bilgi@alternatifbilisim.org.  For more information on how to get involved, including a list of topics and proposal types, visit the Internet Ungovernance Forum website.

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Discussion on Multistakeholderism in Africa at IGF Istanbul

September 3, 2014
02:30PM - 04:00PM

Lütfi Kirdar International Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 10

Participants from different stakeholder groups will discuss the results of RIA research conducted on mapping multistakeholders participation in internet governance from an African perspective.

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The Third Man Theme Revisited: Foreign Policies of the Internet in a time of Surveillance and Disclosure

March 30, 2014 - April 1, 2014

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

Rather than looking backward, 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.

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Iran: Art and Discourse

October 26, 2013
10:00AM - 06:00PM

Asia Society

The symposium examines political economies of contemporary art with Iran and abroad–its production and distribution, the mechanisms of control and exchange in Iran and the U.S., and how ideologies and their attendant policies shape transfer of knowledge and praxis from one context to another.

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Scholarship After Snowden

October 17, 2013
04:30PM - 07:30PM

Gittis Hall 214, Haaga Classroom

This 3-hour mini-conference will bring together experts from different fields to discuss what these recent revelations and debates on surveillance mean for a range of disciplines – in terms of scholarship, teaching, and professional practice – in the fields of engineering, law, business, communications, and the social sciences. In particular, the conference participants will explore what kinds of future research agendas should be developed in light of ever expanding surveillance capabilities and the concomitant unease that these programs engender.

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Digital Methods, Ethical Challenges

October 10, 2013
09:00AM - 04:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

A symposium hosted by the Center for Global Communication Studies and the Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication.

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

April 16, 2013 - April 18, 2013

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

The 2013 Milton Wolf seminar addressed the critical role of diplomats and journalists in shaping the outcomes of what we call global geopolitical pivots. Discussions explored the critical role of narrative construction in shaping diplomatic outcomes vis-à-vis these case studies. 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?

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Transitions Transformed: Ideas of Information and Democracy post-2011

March 26, 2012 - March 28, 2012

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

Using case studies such as Hungary, Iran, Syria, Egypt, and Tunisia, the 2012 Milton Wolf Seminar,Transitions Transformed: Ideas of Information and Democracy Post-2011 explored the evolving relationship between media and democratic transition in light of rapid technological change and the shifting structure and dynamics of the international communication system. As countries such as Tunisia and Egypt move towards democratic transition and countries such as Hungary adopt new laws and policies that threaten to undermine democratic practices, considerable debate abounds about the future structure of democratic institutions and the role of media and communication structures, practices, and regulations.

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Media and New Technology in India

December 19, 2011 - December 20, 2011

India International Centre

The two-day symposium will explore international and comparative perspectives on current issues of topical significance to media policy makers in India and abroad. This event will combine both theory and practice, while bringing together a group of top scholars, lawyers and regulators from the international community with a similarly excellent set of speakers from India.

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Cinema in Iran: Circulation, Censorship and Cultural Production

December 16, 2011 - December 17, 2011

ICI, Berlin


In the course of this two-day conference, participants will investigate cinema in Iran as part of Iran’s rich media and cultural ecology.

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Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cold War

September 15, 2011 - September 16, 2011

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

Moscow Prime Time is the first book to untangle the paradoxes of Soviet success and failure in the postwar media age.

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Media in Conflict: The Evaluation Imperative

September 9, 2011
09:00AM - 12:30PM

U.S. Institute of Peace

Media in Conflict: The Evaluation Imperative will feature speakers and panel presentations recommending ways to harness the power of the media for conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and a keynote address by David Ensor, director of Voice of America and former director of Communications and Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.This event is jointly organized by the United States Broadcasting Board of Governors; the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania; Fondation Hirondelle; Internews Network; and the United States Institute of Peace.

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Update On Activism and Freedom of Expression in Thailand with Jiew Premchaiporn

June 27, 2011
06:00PM - 09:00PM

Annenberg Public Policy Center

Please join online editor and advocate Chiranuch (Jiew) Premchaiporn for an update on activism and freedom of expression in Thailand. Premchaiporn is well known for her work in AIDS advocacy and internet journalism. We will gather Philadelphia AIDS activists, community journalists, academics and freedom of expression advocates to learn more from Jiew about the current situation in Thailand, and compare experiences with her about our struggles on similar issues in Philadelphia.

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2011 Milton Wolf Seminar

March 23, 2011 - March 25, 2011

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

The 2011 Milton Wolf Seminar addressed diplomatic efforts to shape the form and content of the domestic media and communications environments of a variety of states that are experiencing stress, instability, and pressure on sovereignty. These activities are not without
controversy. The same asymmetrical power relationships that dictate international relations in general also influence the ability of states to determine the structure of their own information spaces and to participate in the processes of negotiations and rulemaking that influence global information flows.

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Evaluating the Impact of Media Interventions in Conflict Countries

December 13, 2010 - December 17, 2010

Caux, Switzerland

The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, Fondation Hirondelle, Internews Network, and the United States Institute of Peace are pleased to announce a gathering of experts to design guidelines for Evaluating the Impact of Media Interventions in Conflict Countries. The meeting will take place at the Caux Conference Center near Geneva, Switzerland from December 13 — 17, 2010. This will be an unprecedented effort — convening the world’s leading methodologists, funders, and implementers for 5 days of intensive collaboration — in response to the growing demands from funders for monitoring and evaluation data. For more information please click here.

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Symposium & Summer Institute for Health Communication Studies

June 27, 2010 - July 14, 2010

Beijing, China

The Summer Institute will “kick off” on June 27 with a one-day symposium at Renmin University on health communication studies in the United States and China, with a focus on communicable disease. Participants in that event include Penn’s faculty, along with officials from the Chinese Ministry of Health; the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and provincial CDCs; Chinese scholars and practitioners; and doctoral students.

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The Thaw: Visual Culture and Beyond

April 9, 2010
09:00AM - 04:00PM

Max Kade Center, Room 329A

Laughing Matters: Soviet Propaganda in Khrushchev’s Thaw, 1956-1964

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Transnational Connections: Challenges and Opportunities for Political Communication

March 24, 2010 - March 25, 2010

IE University

The Symposium, co-sponsored by the IE School of Communication at IE University and the Center for Global Communication Studies, aims to generate discussion on cutting-edge ideas in political communication, encourage international cooperation and unite scholars and practitioners.

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Milton Wolf Seminar 2010

March 17, 2010 - March 19, 2010

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

The 2010 Milton Wolf Seminar examines the implications of the changing news media environment for diplomacy. It explores the widening array of newsmakers and stakeholders involved in setting the news agenda and the implications of their activities for diplomacy and foreign policy.

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Media Regulation in the Era of Convergence

August 2, 2009 - August 16, 2009

Chinese University of Communication, Beijing

Leading scholars from China, Europe and US will lecture on the different strategies in policy and regulation in their own areas of expertise. The school will cover a wide range of media and very different kinds of societies with distinct regulatory traditions. Bringing these perspectives together means that a unique picture of the contemporary world situation will be one of the major outcomes of the school.

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2009 Chinese Internet Research Conference

May 27, 2009
09:00AM - 06:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication

Topics of the conference include but are not limited to the following: Civil society and its obstacles The Internet and youth The Internet, national crisis and media events Entertainment, deliberation/opinion-formation and popular culture Chinese minorities, China Proper, Greater China or “Cultural China.”

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ICA 2008 Preconference: India and Communication Studies

May 20, 2008 - May 21, 2008

Chicago, IL

India and Communications Studies is a pre-conference that marks several important milestones: the increasing interest in graduate programs in media studies and communications and culture studies in India; the extraordinary importance of India in the global production of culture; the role that India is playing in processes of globalization and communications technology; and the increased importance of media research about India among scholars in the ICA. This pre-conference is designed to highlight all these developments and provide a venue to create a new coherence and a new salience for this subject.

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