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Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Media Policy Summer School, University of Oxford, Now Accepting Applications

From the University of Oxford (PCMLP) and the Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

The Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford (PCMLP) and the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania are pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the 14th annual Media Policy Summer School, to be held from June 17 - 29, 2012 at the University of Oxford.


The annual summer institute brings together young scholars and regulators to discuss important and recent trends in technology, international politics and development and its influence on media policy. Participants come from around the world; countries represented at previous summer institutes include Thailand, Kenya, China, Brazil, Egypt, Nigeria, Jordan, Italy and Bosnia, among others. 


This year the summer institute seeks, as part of the cohort, researchers and academics (PhD candidates and early career academics, for example), who will come with a research project related to the general subject of the Institute. Research generally related to the work of the Center for Global Communication Studies and the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy is especially welcome, and some participants will be asked to present their research. Applications are also welcome from those working as lawyers and those employed by NGOs, government bodies, and regulatory agencies.


The seminars this year will focus on several key areas, including media governance in India and China and strategic communications in conflict and post-conflict and transitional environments, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. At the same time, the successful curriculum that has been the foundation of the programme over the years will continue, with sessions covering global media policy issues such as media and economic/social development, freedom of information, internet regulation and convergence. Part of the course will be devoted to new developments in comparative approaches to regulation, looking at Ofcom in the UK and other agencies, including examples from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.


The seminar brings together a wide range of participants from around the globe and provides them with an environment in which significant policy issues are seriously discussed. The richness of the experience comes from exposure to a variety of speakers and from the discussions among participants themselves.


This year, we will again be offering more than twelve Media Policy Fellowships that cover tuition, housing, travel, and per diem for exceptional applicants from the developing world. For more information on the Media Policy Fellowships, please email


Applications for the 2012 programme will be accepted via our online application form on a rolling basis through March 31, 2012.  Please feel free to forward this email to anyone who you think might be interested.


For more information about the programme, application instructions, and a link to the online application please visit

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