Stanislav Budnitsky, PhD Candidate in Communication, received the International Communication Best Paper Award at the 2017 International Studies Association (ISA) annual convention in Baltimore for his research paper, “Digital Nationalism: Post-Soviet Identity Building and Internet Governance in Estonia.”
The paper “addresses the question of how national identity relates to countries’ information policy and discourse” and “examines how Estonia’s attempts to present its identity as a Western liberal democracy after 1991 have informed its self-branding as a global champion of digital technologies and the internet freedom movement.” It achieves this by analyzing “Estonia’s nation- and state-building discourse and its promotional digital discourse, known as e-Estonia: The Digital Society, to illustrate the analytical value of situating studies of technological histories within their respective socio-cultural contexts.”
The paper draws on Stanislav’s ongoing dissertation project, “Digital Nationalisms: Identity, Strategic Communication, and Global Internet Governance.”
The International Studies Association is the premiere academic association devoted to international studies research, uniting over 7,000 scholars, practitioners, and graduate students in 110 countries. The annual award is presented for work that makes “an original and important contribution to the field of international communication.” As this year’s awardee, Stanislav will head next year’s Award Committee.
Earlier this year, the same paper also received the Graduate Student Paper Prize from the International Studies Association-Canada. This prize is awarded to the best paper presented at the ISA annual convention by a graduate student from a Canadian university.
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