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New Book: The Politics of Love: Sexuality, Gender, and Marriage in Syrian Television Drama

Through research fueled by a viewing of over two hundred and fifty miniseries ranging from the 1960s to the present—as well as an examination of hundreds of press reports, Facebook pages, and extensive interviews with drama creators—this book turns away from the dominant paradigm that focuses on regime intent. When turning attention instead to the drama creators themselves we witness the polyphony of voices employing love and marriage metaphors and gender (de)constructions to explore larger issues of nationalism, self-identity, and political critique.

New Book: She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

The book introduces the pioneering work of twelve leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian.

Remixing Religion : New Models for the Study of Religious Synthesis

Apr 4, 2014
Austin (Texas)
The University of Texas
Katharine Batlan
cultural studies, study of religion
Nov 27, 2013

Book: Cinema in Central Asia: Rewriting Cultural Histories

This book combines serious scholarly study with practical accessibility to construct an historical narrative, to discuss aspects of film production, and to consider the impact of film. It offers a deeper understanding of Central Asian culture that is invaluable with the geopolitical and economic emergence of the region. The book includes a broad history of Central Asian film industry, along with incisive pieces explaining early film institutions and themes, the impact of the Second World War, expressions of identity and protest during the Soviet era, and regional variations of post-Soviet filmmaking.

New Book: Performing Piety: Singers and Actors in Egypt's Islamic Revival

The author offers a unique history of the religious revival in Egypt through the lens of the performing arts. She highlights the narratives of celebrities who retired in the 1980s and early 1990s, including their spiritual journeys and their influence on the “pietization” of their fans, among whom are the wealthy, relatively secular, strata of Egyptian society. Van Nieuwkerk then turns to the emergence of a polemic public sphere in which secularists and Islamists debated Islam, art, and gender in the 1990s. Finally, she analyzes the Islamist project of “art with a mission” and the development of Islamic aesthetics, questioning whether the outcome has been to Islamize popular art or rather to popularize Islam.

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

Apr 11, 2014 – Apr 13, 2014
Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane
John Shoup
comics, art, photography, Middle East, cultural studies, Africa, music, film
Dec 16, 2013

(Re)thinking Global Connectedness: Critical Perspectives on Globalization

Jan 26, 2014 – Jan 28, 2014
Texas A and M University at Qatar
Leslie Seawright
globalisation, ethnography, study of religion, sociology, communication studies, cultural studies, legal science
Sep 15, 2013

Videogame Development in the Middle East: Iran, the Arab World, and Beyond

Videogame producers in the Middle East face many challenges, which make local game development more difficult than in the US or Europe. This chapter discusses these challenges and identifies the particular production strategies and design features local game developers use in order to adapt to them. In other words, it analyzes the broader cultural, social and political aspects that shape videogame design and production in the Middle East, focusing particularly on the Arab world and Iran. By doing so, it aims to transcend the fragmented character of existing research and propose a theoretical framework for the contextualization of videogame development in the Middle East.
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