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New Book: Arab Women in Arab News: Old Stereotypes and New Media

This book addresses east-west understandings of Arab women as portrayed through translated media. There is a vast scholarly literature tracing western stereotypes of Arab women from medieval times to the present. From 1800, the dominant western stereotype of Arab women depicts them as passive and oppressed. Thirty years of social science media research in the west has shown that media images of Arab women reinforce this two hundred year old stereotype. Much of this research has studied silent "image bites" of Arab women, where women are pictured in veils and their own voices are replaced by western captions or voice-overs.

Book: Directory of World Cinema: Iran

The book turns the spotlight on the award-winning cinema of Iran, with particular attention to the major genres and movements, historical turning points, and prominent figures that have helped shape it. A wide range of genres are presented, including Film Farsi, New Wave, War film, art house film and women’s cinema.

Social Media and Arab Women’s Empowerment Report

The Dubai School of Government released the third edition of its Arab Social Media Report, titled The Role of Social Media in Arab Women’s Empowerment, which analyzes data on users in all 22 Arab countries, in addition to Iran, Israel and Turkey. The report includes examples of Arab women's online initiatives like Women2Drive campaign in Saudi Arabia or HarassMap project in Egypt.
Khalid Chraibi, The King, the Mufti & the Facebook Girl: A Power Play. Who Decides What is Licit in Islam?, CyberOrient, Vol. 5, Iss. 2, 2011

The Fifth International Conference on the Iranian Diaspora

Oct 13, 2012 – Oct 14, 2012
University of California, Los Angeles
Iranian Alliances Across Borders
cultural studies, media studies, Iran, activism, gender
Apr 2, 2012

IFA's Report: Iran and the New Media — Challenges for International Broadcasters

The Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, ifa), a Germany-based institution for international cultural exchange, released a report titled "Iran and the New Media — Challenges for International Broadcasters".

Change and Continuity in the Middle East - Rethinking West Asia, North Africa and the Gulf after 2011

Jun 11, 2012 – Jun 11, 2012
The London School of Economics and Political Science
United Kingdom
British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
study of religion, democracy, gender, Middle East, cultural studies, economic studies, sociology
Apr 13, 2012

New Book: Screening Integration: Recasting Maghrebi Immigration in Contemporary France

The book brings together established scholars in the fields of postcolonial, Francophone, and film studies to address the latest developments in this cinematic production. These authors explore the emergence of various genres that recast the sometimes fossilized idea of ethnic difference. The contributors evaluate how Maghrebi films have come to participate in, promote, and, at the same time, critique France’s integration. In the process, these essays reflect on the conditions that allowed for the burgeoning of this cinema in the first place, as well as on the social changes the films delineate.
Echchaibi, Nabil, Gendered Blueprints: Transnational Masculinities in Muslim Televangelist Cultures. New York University Press, 2011, In Circuits of Visibility: Gender and Transnational Media Cultures abstract

New Book: Muslims and New Media in West Africa: Pathways to God

In her book Dorothea E. Schulz shows how new media have created religious communities that are far more publicly engaged than they were in the past. Muslims and New Media in West Africa expands ideas about religious life in West Africa, women's roles in religion, religion and popular culture, the meaning of religious experience in a charged environment, and how those who consume both religion and new media view their public and private selves.
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