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Being a Muslim in the Age of Facebook, Youtube and Twitter. Anthropological Reflections on Media and Religion in Bamako, Cairo and Dar-Es-Salam

Apr 18, 2013 – Apr 19, 2013
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Katrien Pype (IARA – KU Leuven)
Mali, Islam, social networks, Egypt, Tanzania, Belgium
Feb 1, 2013

New Book: Civic Engagement, Digital Networks, and Political Reform in Africa

The book takes a critical look at claims, developments and initiatives linking Civil Society Organizations, new media, and democracy. Based on research carried out among urban political non-governmental actors in Nairobi and Lusaka, and observations of trends in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, the author argues that ICTs enhance the efficiency and operations of CSOs and make it easier for them to overcome ideological and other state obstacles but that states still remain powerful controllers of key instruments of dominance thus making real impact of new media minimal.
Diamond, Larry; Plattner, Marc F. (Eds.), Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy. The Johns Hopkins University Press abstract full text

Book: Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy

The book's introductory section defines the debate with a foundational piece on liberation technology and is then followed by essays discussing the popular dichotomy of "liberation" versus "control" with regard to the Internet and the sociopolitical dimensions of such controls. Additional chapters delve into the cases of individual countries: China, Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia.
Sani, I.; Abdullah, M.H.; Ali, A.M. and Abdullah, F.S, The Role of Humor in the Construction of Satire in Nigerian Political Cartoons. Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies 2(3), 2012 abstract PDF

Report: Urbanization, Mobile Phones, and Digital Media Trends in Africa

The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at the National Endowment for Democracy released its report titled Bigger Cities, Smaller Screens: Urbanization, Mobile Phones, and Digital Media Trends in Africa written by Adam Clayton Powell III from the University of Southern California. The report "traces the dramatic spread of mobile telephony in Africa and examines how this is affecting the news media landscape on the continent."

New Issue of the Journal of African Media Studies Focuses on the Media Coverage of "the War on Terror" in Africa

The Journal of African Media Studies released its new issue (Vol. 4, Issue 1, 2012), edited by Winston Mano from the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster. This issue focuses on the media coverage of "the war on terror" in Africa.

New Book: Al Jazeera English: Global News in a Changing World

The book thoroughly examines Al Jazeera English's origins and background, its coverage methods (including coverage of conflicts and the Arab spring), effects on its global audience, and its place in the world of mediated geopolitics.

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.

SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in Africa

This collection of essays by those engaged in using mobile phone technologies for social change provides an analysis of the socio-economic, political and media contexts faced by activists in Africa today. The essays address a broad range of issues including inequalities in access to technology based on gender, rural and urban usage, as well as offering practical examples of how activists are using mobile technology to organise and document their experiences. They provide an overview of the lessons learned in making effective use of mobile phone technologies without any of the romanticism so often associated with the use of new technologies for social change.
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