Anonymous, 5 Jul 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media

Book: The Hip Hop and Religion Reader

The book provides the essential texts for an important and emerging field of study – religion and hip hop. Until now, the discipline of religious studies lacked a consistent and coherent text that highlights the developing work at the intersections of hip hop, religion and theology. Moving beyond an institutional understanding of religion and offering a multidimensional assortment of essays, this new volume charts new ground by bringing together voices who, to this point, have been a disparate and scattered few. Comprehensively organized with the foundational and most influential works that continue to provide a base for current scholarship, The Hip Hop and Religion Reader frames the lively and expanding conversation on hip hop’s influence on the academic study of religion.

Book: Political Performance in Syria: From the Six-Day War to the Syrian Uprising

The book charts the history of a theatre that has sought the expansion of civil society, challenged existing Arab power structures, and imagined alternate political realities. While most of the works examined are oppositional, the book also considers the work of pro-regime artists. The chapters are thematic—'Martyrdom,' 'War,' 'Palestinians,' 'History and Heritage,' and 'Torture'—but organized to give a full overview of the organization and recent history of the Syrian stage within a larger historical context, from the outpouring of oppositional plays following Syria's defeat in the 1967 War to contemporary plays and performance activism staged in and outside of Syria and then circulated online.

New Book: Discourses of Ideology and Identity: Social Media and the Iranian Election Protests

In this monograph, Chris Featherman adopts a discourse analytical approach to explore the ways in which social movement ideologies and identities are discursively constructed in new and old media. In the context of his argument, Featherman also considers current debates surrounding the role that technologies play in democracy-building and global activist networks. He engages these critical issues through a case study of the 2009 Iranian presidential election protests, looking at both US legacy media coverage of the protests as well as activists’ use of social media. Through qualitative analysis of a corpus of activists’ Twitter tweets and Flickr uploads, Featherman argues that activists’ social media discourses and protesters’ symbolic and tactical borrowing of global English contribute to micronarratives of globalization, while also calling into question master narratives about Iran commonly found in mainstream Western media accounts.

Book: Contemporary Iranian Art: New Perspectives

The book considers the dynamics at play for Iranian artists as they confront their cultural past as well as issues of contemporaneity and cultural specificity. Contemporary Iranian Art includes major work by acclaimed Iranian artists such as Mahmoud Bakhshi, Shadi Ghadirian, Barbad Golshiri, Marcos Grigorian, Farhad Moshiri, Shirin Neshat, Sohrab Sepehri, Mitra Tabrizian, Parviz Tanavoli and Charles Hossein Zenderoudi.

New Book: Digital Militarism: Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age

This book traces the rise of Israeli digital militarism in the global context—both the reach of social media into Israeli military theaters and the occupation's impact on everyday Israeli social media culture.

CFP: The Dynamics of Digital Play in Asia

Asiascape: Digital Asia (DIAS)
http://www.asiascape.org/dias.html
Dr. Dal Yong Jin
game studies, Asia
djin@sfu.ca
Aug 1, 2015

CFP: Online - Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet

Germany
Institute of Religious Studies, University of Heidelberg
http://journals.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/index.php/religions/#cfp2
game studies, communication studies, Germany, Internet studies, study of religion
online.religion@zegk.uni-heidelberg.de
Jun 1, 2015

New Book: Arab Media Moguls

The book charts the rise of some leading investors and entrepreneurs in Arab media, examining their motives, management styles, financial performance and links to political power. Responding critically to scholarship on Western moguls, this book uncovers the realities of risk and success for Arab media potentates and billionaires.

Report: Arab Religious Skeptics Online: Anonymity, Autonomy, and Discourse in a Hostile Environment

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University published a report in its Internet Monitor series titled Arab Religious Skeptics Online: Anonymity, Autonomy, and Discourse in a Hostile Environment authored by Helmi Noman. The report "analyzes the content, discourse, and structure of three prominent Arab atheist web forums and examines the relationship between the networked information economy and the emergence of religious skeptics in Arab cyberspace."

New Issue of the Arab Media and Society

The online journal Arab Media and Society has published its new issue (Issue 20, Winter 2015) that focuses mainly on media and journalism in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. All included articles are available online or in the PDF format for download.
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