Media, Democratization and Civil Society
June 16 - 27, 2008

Organized by the COST A30 Action "East of West: Setting a New Media Research Agenda for Central/Eastern Europe";
the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania; and the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at the Central European University (CEU)


Target Group

The program encourages applications from graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, researchers and professionals. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.

  • Applicants will demonstrate an interest in interdisciplinary work and in the connection between theory and practice through practice-oriented research topics or teaching curricula, or through previous experience of professional work or civil society activism in the subject area. The course is intended for participants from multi-disciplinary fields including media and communication studies, sociology, economics, political science, and policy studies attracting a diverse, international group of participants from backgrounds in academia, civil society and policy.

  • The language of instruction is English; thus all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. (In some instances shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview.)

Projected Course Outcomes

Participants will be asked to
  • develop a short presentation (typically based on their ongoing work) on one of the topics of the course. The presentations will be part of the course schedule.

  • reflect on their own learning process throughout the course. By the end of the course, each of them will be expected to produce a report that identifies the specific ways in which their own research agendas have been enriched by the course.

  • develop their initial paper into a full scholarly paper, throughout the course, to prepare for publication. Instructors will work with students individually - in person and online - to assist with this process. The course directors plan to publish the best student papers to emerge from the course, along with the instructors' own contributions, in a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal or in a separate publication at CEU Press.