The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies has extended the deadline to submit applications for the sixth round of its International Winter School (IWS) on “Media in Wartime” until 20 August 2024.

The sixth round of the International Winter School will be held in person from 11-16 January 2025 and will address the interaction between media and war, exploring how conflicts and the media mutually influence each other, and examining how war coverage is shaped by ideological and cultural biases. The school invites submissions from advanced PhD students and early career scholars specializing in various social science and humanities disciplines worldwide.

The school welcomes submissions on topics such as media framing of war, war coverage and agenda setting, ideology, culture, and ethnocentrism in war coverage, propaganda of war, embedded journalism and media-military relations, media and cyberwars, visuality in wars and conflicts, journalistic ethnography of war, trust in journalism and the news industry in wartime, security and safety for journalists in new wars, grassroots challenges to official narratives of war, propaganda and psychological warfare, visuality in wars and conflicts, disinformation in war and conflicts, and other related topics. Click here for the full concept note and list of the school’s suggested topics.

The IWS is an annual programme that seeks to provide an in-depth and critical understanding of selected topics. It provides an opportunity for participants (advanced PhD students and early career scholars) to network with international scholars, gain substantive knowledge and insight, and receive feedback from respected scholars and experts in their field. The program will feature public lectures, workshops, and roundtables.

Some of the scholars participating in this year’s IWS programme through lectures, roundtables, and workshops include Des Freedman, Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Goldsmiths University of London, Dina Matar, Professor of Political Communication and Arab Media at the Centre for Global Media and Communication at SOAS, and Zahera Harb, International Journalism Studies Cluster Lead at City University of London. More experts will be confirmed soon.


  • PhD candidates in social sciences and humanities.
  • Recent PhD graduates and early career academics who received their doctorates within the last five years.

Application Procedures:

Eligible candidates interested in applying should submit the following no later than 20 August 2024:

  • Online application form. This should be accompanied by an up-to-date CV, and an abstract of the proposed paper (maximum 500 words). The abstract should outline the research questions, the context, the theoretical framework, and the proposed methodology.
  • At least one academic reference. The referee should fill out the recommendation form available on this link and send it directly to the IWS email (winter.school@dohainstitute.org).
  • Optional: a writing sample (a previous research paper or published article).

The school will notify all applicants about the status of their applications by email.

Please note:

  • Accepted applicants should submit a research project in the form of a paper (maximum 6000 words – excluding footnotes and reference) by 30 September 2024. Published papers will not be accepted.
  • The approval of the abstract does not automatically guarantee participation in the school.
  • The paper will be reviewed. The school will notify you whether your research project is accepted or not.
  • Accommodation is provided for all accepted applicants for the duration of the program.
  • Funding for travel expenses is available on a competitive basis.
  • For inquiries related to the conference, please contact: winter.school@dohainstitute.org

General Information:

Conference Dates: 11-16 January 2025

Location: Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, Qatar

Language of the IWS: English