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Mark LeVine, Global Story, CyberOrient, Vol. 7, Iss. 2, 2013
Kalle Berggren, Review: Religion and Hip Hop, CyberOrient, Vol. 7, Iss. 2, 2013

New Book: The Routledge Dictionary of Turkish Cinema

This book provides a comprehensive overview of Turkish cinema from its beginnings to the present day. Addressing the lacuna in scholarly work on the topic, this dictionary provides immense detail on a wide range of aspects of Turkish cinema including; prominent filmmakers, films, actors, screenwriters, cinematographers, editors, producers, significant themes, genres, movements, theories, production modes, film journals, film schools and professional organizations.

Middle East Report: Gender Front Lines: Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey

The Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) released the new issue of its Middle East Report titled Gender Front Lines: Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey.

New Book: Cultural Revolution in Iran: Contemporary Popular Culture in the Islamic Republic

This book draws on the expertise and experience of Iranian and international academics and activists to address diverse areas of social and cultural innovation that are driving change and progress. While religious conservatism remains the creed of the establishment, this volume uncovers an underground world of new technology, media and entertainment that speaks to women seeking a greater public role and a restless younger generation that organises and engages with global trends online.

New Book: The Arab Avant-Garde: Music, Politics, Modernity

The essays in this collection investigate the plethora of compositional and improvisational techniques, performance styles, political motivations, professional trainings, and inter-continental collaborations that claim the mantle of “innovation” within Arab and Arab diaspora music. While most books on Middle Eastern music-making focus on notions of tradition and regionally specific genres, this book presents a radically hybrid and globally dialectic set of practices.

7th International Conference: "Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa"

Apr 11, 2014 – Apr 14, 2014
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane
John Shoup
cultural studies, Middle East, Africa
Dec 16, 2013

New Book: Cairo: Images of Transition: Perspectives on Visuality in Egypt 2011-2013

The book offers a broad range of artistic and academic works that examine the relationship between aesthetics and politics in the wake of the Egyptian revolution of January 25, 2011. With an emphasis on the political processes of 2011-2012, it traces the shifting status of the image as a communicative tool, a witness to history, and an active agent for change.
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