Assis. Prof. Dr. Anthony Löwstedt

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.

From 2004 to 2005 Dr. Löwstedt worked 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. (2020, forthcoming). Developmental stages of information and communication technology. Communication Theory, doi: 10.1093/ct/qtaa015

Löwstedt, A. (2019). Do We Still Adhere to the Norms of Ancient Egypt? A Comparison of Ptahhotep’s Communication Ethics with Current Regulatory Principles, International Communication Gazette, DOI: 10.1177/1748048518802241. 

Löwstedt, A., & Perl, G. (2019, forthcoming). Transnational media regulation: how to balance human rights, cultural diversity and regionalism.

Löwstedt, A., & Perl, G., & Begovic, M. (2019, forthcoming). Beyond the WTO/UNESCO impasse: future possibilities of balanced global media regulation to safeguard and promote human rights and cultural diversity.

Löwstedt, A. & Mboti, N. (2017). Media Racism: Beyond Modernity and Postmodernity, in Power and Media: Ownership, Sponsorship, Censorship, edited by A. Löwstedt, M. Schwärzler-Brodesser, & B. E. Wiggins, Issue 1-2 of the International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, Vol. 13, pp. 111-130.  

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. (2003). 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. & Igropoulou, D. (2020, forthcoming). Between rights and diversities: Can the regulation of communication help prevent climate change and promote sustainable development? In J. Servaes & M. J. Yusha’u (Eds.) Global Handbook of Communication and Sustainable Development. London: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2020.

Löwstedt, A. & Palac, J. (2019).Media and other biocultural diversities, Chapter 1 in K. Holtzmann, T. Hug, & G. Pallaver (Eds.) (2019). Das Ende der Vielfalt? Zur Diversität der Medien, Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press, pp. 19-34.

Löwstedt, A. (2018). Globalization and Media Ethics, in Ethics in Communication, edited by P. L. Plaisance, Volume 26 in de Gruyter Mouton Handbooks of Communication Science series, P. Schulz and P. Cobley (series editors). Berlin: De Gruyter-Mouton, pp. 367-390.

Löwstedt, A. (2015). Femicide in Apartheid: The Parallel Interplay between Racism and Sexism in South Africa and Palestine/Israel, in Israel and South Africa: The Many Faces of Apartheid, London: Zed Books/University of Chicago Press, edited by I. Pappe, 2015, pp. 191-238.

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. (2019). Cultural Diversity, Biodiversity and the Future of Humankind. The Long Nights of Interculturality, Keynote speech. Speech, Rathaus Wien, September 1-4, 2019.

Löwstedt, A. (2019). Communication and Dignity in Early Antiquity, research paper presented at ‘Communication, Technology and Human Dignity: Disputed Rights, Contested Truths’, Working Group: Ethics of Society and Ethics of Communication, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Congress 2019, Madrid, Spain, July 7-11, 2019

Löwstedt, A. (2018). Diversität als politische Aufgabe und persönliches Erlebnis in Medienwelten (‘Diversity as political task and personal experience in media worlds‘), keynote speech, Medientag 2018: Das Ende der Vielfalt? Zur Diversität der Medien (‘The End of Plurality? On Media Diversity‘), Universität Innsbruck.

Löwstedt, A. (2018). How Could Global Media Regulation Safeguard and Promote Human Rights as Well as Cultural Diversity? research paper presented at ‘Voices”, Communication Law and Policy Unit, International Communication Association (ICA) Conference 2018, Prague.

Löwstedt, A. (2018). Online Hate Speech against Women, presentation at “Against Online Hate – For More Online Civility”, concluding event of the International Symposium on Corporate Social Responsibility, University of Vienna.
Löwstedt, A. (2017). Cultural Diversity and the Ethics of Globalization, World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, Vienna.

Löwstedt, A. (2017). Violence, Justice, and Art, presented at “Music, Diversity and Diplomacy”, a symposium organized by the International Cultural Diversity Organization and EMMA for Peace, the Euro Mediterranean Music Academy, Lerici.

Löwstedt, A. (2016). A Comparison of the Communication Precepts of Ptahhotep with Current Regulatory Principles,
research paper presented at ‘Memory, Commemoration and Communication’, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Congress 2016, Leicester.

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.