GCSC Best Dissertation Award
GCSC Best Dissertation Award

The Division for Global Communication and Social Change is soliciting nominations for its Best Dissertation Award.

The award honors a dissertation defended in the two calendar years preceding the nomination deadline (i.e. between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022). The review committee will judge each nominated dissertation on several criteria including the importance of the problem it addresses, the strength of evidence it presents, and the significance of its conclusions all relative to the mission of the Division (see below). The committee also will consider the soundness of methodology and quality of writing and argument, along with the nominating letter(s). 

A full nomination package should comprise:

1.      A letter of nomination, 2 pages maximum, that address the award criteria contained in the description and mission statement below.

2.      Nominee’s CV. 

3.      No more than two sample chapters, with one of them being either the introductory or concluding chapter.

4.      One additional letter of recommendation (preferably from a supervisor or dissertation committee member), 2 pages maximum, that addresses the award criteria contained in the description and mission statement below is permitted (but not required). 

All submissions are electronic (including copies of book chapters) and must be emailed to the Division Chair, Professor Chris Paterson  (c.paterson@leeds.ac.uk). The deadline to submit the documents is April 1 2023 (by 11:59pm GMT).

All nomination packages should be prepared by one person, and may come from the author or the nominator. The author must be a GCSC division member and must commit to attending the ICA conference in Toronto in May 2023, as well as the division’s business meeting and reception. 

GCSC Division Mission

The Division for Global Communication and Social Change exists to encourage and debate research on issues of production, distribution, content and reception of communications at global, "glocal," transnational, transcultural, international and regional levels. Within this purview it encompasses work across a wide variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, concerning communication in cultural, economic, political or social contexts, including strategic communication for development, social change or social justice.

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