The Project for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School recently organized a pre-conference, "Influencing Outcomes: Communications Research and Global and Regional Policy Transformations," in Budapest, Hungary on June 16-17. The pre-conference was held prior to the International Communication Association's 2006 conference in Dresden, Germany.
Over 40 communication experts from around the globe gathered at Central European University to attend sessions on setting a new Central and Eastern European media research agenda, the media and public policy, media policy and democratization, and activism in the new media environment, closing with a session discussing nationalism, ethnic identity, conflict, and the media. Keynote speaker David Levy, Public Policy Controller for the BBC, discussed the BBC's current charter review, as the network rethinks public service for a digital age. PGCS Director Monroe Price attended the pre-conference, along with Annenberg School Dean Michael X. Delli Carpini and ASC Professor Katherine Sender.
The ICA's Philosophy of Communication and Political Communication divisions sponsored the pre-conference.