Assis. Prof. Dr. Anthony Löwstedt

Assistant Professor and Research Faculty, Webster Vienna Private University
Adjunct Professor, Webster Vienna Private University




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Courses taught at WVPU


  • Doktor der Philosophie (Ph.D.), Philosophie und gewählte Fächer, University of Vienna, 1994
  • Magister (MA), Philosophie und gewählte Fächer (philosophy and selected disciplines: Psychology, Linguistics and Theory of Science), University of Vienna, 1986
  • Philosophy studies on an exchange grant between the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research and Svenska Institutet at the University of Vienna, Austria, 1984-1985
  • History of Ideas, Philosophy, and Theory of Science studies at the University of Göteborg
  • Secondary school in Hong Kong and in Göteborg, Sweden

Background and Facts

Dr. Anthony Löwstedt worked at the International Press Institute in Vienna from 1994 to 2005 with press freedom- and media monitoring-related human rights work incl. research, documentation, publications, and consultation. He organized, contributed, and attended seminars, conferences, and congresses and is the editor of Africa (1997-2000) and Middle East/North Africa (2000-2005) sections of the annual World Press Freedom Review.

Dr. Anthony Löwstedt worked from 2004 to 2005 as Senior Consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at Miftah – The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, Media and Information Programme, in Ramallah and Jerusalem, as part of the UNDP Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People: Transfer of Knowledge. He also taught philosophy/cultural studies at Bir Zeit University, Palestine in 2005.

Dr. Löwstedt is an adjunct professor at the Austrian Media Academy, Kuratorium für Journalistenausbildung, European Journalism Training Association, Salzburg, Austria / Universität Leipzig, Germany, since 2013.

His research interests center on ethical principles of communication, transnational media regulation, media development, and on media, communication and conflict.

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Löwstedt, A. (2016, forthcoming). Connective justice and communication: from the discourse precepts of Ptahhotep to current transnational regulatory principles. Journal of Media Ethics, 31.

Löwstedt, A., & Perl, G. (2016, forthcoming). Transnational media regulation: how to balance human rights, cultural diversity and regionalism.

Löwstedt, A., & Perl, G., & Begovic, M. (2016, forthcoming). Beyond the WTO/UNESCO impasse: future possibilities of balanced global media regulation to safeguard and promote human rights and cultural diversity.

Löwstedt, A., & Ebner-Daigle, J. (2016, accepted and forthcoming). Media development, convergence, and long-term progress: a stage-sequence theory. Medien & Zeit: Kommunikation in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, 30, Special Issue: Communication, History and Technologies, edited by Joan Ramon Rodriguez-Amat.

Löwstedt, A., & Al-Wahid, S. (2013). Cultural diversity and the global regulation of new media technologies. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 9(2), 195-200.

Löwstedt, A., & Madhoun, H. (2010). Wenn Fakten auf der Strecke bleiben: Die Rollen der Medien im Nahostkonflikt (‚When the Facts Don’t Make It: The Roles of the Media in the Middle East Conflict’). International: Die Zeitschrift für internationale Politik, 31(2), 36-38.

Löwstedt, A. (2007). Rights versus diversity? The accelerated extinction of languages and cultures as an aspect of current globalization trends. International Review for Information Ethics, 9(07). Retrieved from



Leaper, G. W., Löwstedt, A., & Madhoun, H. (2014). Caught in the crossfire: the Iraq war and the media – a diary of claims and counterclaims, Vienna: International Press Institute, 2003, ISBN 3-9501125-1-0,


Book chapters

Löwstedt, A. (2016, forthcoming). Globalization and media ethics. In P.L. Plaisance (Ed.): Ethics in communication (Handbooks of Communication Science Series, Vol. 26). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Löwstedt, A. (2010). Globalisierungsstress: Über das unvermeidliche Ende des Neoliberalismus, den dringenden Bedarf einer demokratischen Weltrepublik, und die vorherige Notwendigkeit von globaler Finanz- und Medienmarktaufsicht (‘Globalization stress: on the inevitable end of neoliberalism, the urgent need for a democratic world republic, and the prior need for global finance and media market regulation’). In C. Zehetner, H. Rauchenschwandtner &B. Zehetmayer (Eds.): Transformationen der kritischen Anthropologie (pp. 325-340). Vienna: Löcker Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-85409-539-2.

Löwstedt, A. (2003). The need for a global association of independent press councils. In K. Hafez (Ed.): Media ethics in the dialogue of cultures: journalistic self-regulation in Europe, the Arab World, and Muslim Asia (pp. 228-232). Hamburg: Deutsches Orient-Institut.

Löwstedt, A., & Hahsler, K. (2003). Global guardians of the freedom of expression. In W. R. Langenbucher (Ed.), Die Kommunikationsfreiheit der Gesellschaft (pp. 385–402). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.


Book reviews and interviews

Löwstedt, A., & Anon (2010). A ray of hope from Israel: Shlomo Sand visits the birthplace of Zionism, and his own [Review of the book The invention of the Jewish people]. ZNet. Retrieved from

Löwstedt, A. (2010). Refusing to be an enemy [Review of Alice Rothchild: Broken promises, broken dreams: stories of Jewish and Palestinian trauma and resilience, Pluto Press, 2nd Edition, 2010]. Vienna Review. Retrieved from

Elshhati, F., & Seki, M., & Löwstedt, A. (2010). The ethnic cleansing of Palestine [An Interview with Ilan Pappe]. Counterpunch. Retrieved from

Löwstedt, A., & Madhoun, M. (2009). "…They bite the dust" – Desmond Tutu receives honorary doctorate, Vienna Review. Retrieved from

Löwstedt, A. (2007). The beginnings of a strong, pro-Palestinian position in the west? [Review of Jimmy Carter: Palestine: peace not Apartheid, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006; John Dugard: Report of the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, United Nations, Human Rights Council, 2007; John J. Mearsheimer & Stephen M. Walt: The Israel lobby and U.S. foreign policy, New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007]. Arabic Media Internet Network. Retrieved from


Conference papers

Löwstedt, A. (2015). Global media regulation. Paper presented at Arab-US Association of Communication Educators (AUSACE) Annual Conference, Global Trends and Prospects in Mass Communication, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.

Löwstedt, A. (2015). Regulating globally: beyond international and state regulation of the media. Paper presented at AIPCE Annual Conference, Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe, Vienna, Austria.

Löwstedt, A. (2015). Media history and anthropology: from pictographic to prographic media. Paper presented at Bridges and Boundaries: Theories, Concepts and Sources in Communication History, European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Venice, Italy.

Löwstedt, A. (2015). Postmodern racism and the media. Paper presented at Media Trends VI: ‘Power and Media: Ownership, Sponsorship, Censorship’, an international conference organized by MEDC department colleagues and myself at Webster Vienna Private University, under the patronage of the City of Vienna, Austria.

Löwstedt, A. (2014). Transnational media regulation: how to balance human rights, cultural diversity and regionalism? Paper presented at ‘Region as Frame: Politics, Presence, Practice’, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Congress, Hyderabad, India.

Löwstedt, A. (2014). Global instead of international media regulation. Paper presented at Media and Privacy Invasion, the 5th International Media Trends Conference, organized by the Department of Media Communications, Webster University Geneva, Switzerland.

Löwstedt, A., & Ebner-Daigle, J. (2013). The child’s development of mastering information and communication technologies. Paper presented at Challenging Crossroads: Children and the Media, the 4th International Media Trends Conference, organized by the Department of Media Communications, Webster University Geneva and the Institute for Global Governance (Geneva), Switzerland.

Löwstedt, A. (2012). Cultural diversity and the global regulation of new media technologies. Paper presented at ‘Digital Policy: Connectivity, Creativity and Rights’, an Economic & Social Research Council Workshop, organized by the Department of Communication Science at the University of Vienna, the University of Brighton, University of Leicester, and the University of Oxford, held at the University of Vienna, Austria.