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New Book: Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East: Rhetoric of the Image

This book examines the power and role of the image in modern Middle Eastern societies. The essays explore the role and function of image making to highlight the ways in which the images “speak” and what visual languages mean for the construction of Islamic subjectivities, the distribution of power, and the formation of identity and belonging. The book addresses aspects of the visual in the Islamic world, including the presentation of Islam on television; on the internet and other digital media; in banners, posters, murals, and graffiti; and in the satirical press, cartoons, and children’s books.

New Book: Modest Fashion: Styling Bodies, Mediating Faith

Studying consumers and producers, retailers and bloggers, this book provides an up to the minute account of the art of dressing modestly - and fashionably. Leading scholars in the area, along with journalists, fashion designers, entrepreneurs and bloggers discuss the emergence of a niche market for modest fashion among and between Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith groups as well as secular dressers. Crossing creeds and cultures, analysing commentary alongside commerce, the book probes the personal and the political as well as religious, aesthetic and economic implications of contemporary dress practices and the debates that surround them.

New Book: Narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image and Communications Practices in Lebanon and Palestine

The starting point of this book is that it is unsatisfactory either to consider conflict within a singular concept or alternatively to consider each conflict as entirely distinct and unique; the book explores another path to addressing long-term conflict. The contributors set out to examine the ways in which such conflicts in Palestine and Lebanon have been and are narrated, imagined and remembered in diverse spaces, including that of the media. They examine discourses and representations of the conflicts as well as practices of memory and performance in narratives of suffering and conflict, all of which suggest an embodied investment in narrating or communicating conflict.

New Book: Media, Religion and Gender: Key Issues and New Challenges

This book presents a selection of eminent current scholarship that explores the role gender plays when religion, media use and values in contemporary society interact. It surveys the development of research on media, religion and culture through the lens of key theoretical and methodological issues and debates within gender studies.

Book: Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa: A Postcolonial Outlook

This book explores the body and the production process of popular culture in, and on, the Middle East and North Africa, Turkey, and Iran in the first decade of the 21st century, and up to the current historical moment. Essays consider gender, racial, political, and cultural issues in film, cartoons, music, dance, photo-tattoos, graphic novels, fiction, and advertisements. Contributors to the volume span an array of specializations ranging across literary, postcolonial, gender, media, and Middle Eastern studies and contextualize their views within a larger historical and political moment, analyzing the emergence of a popular expression in the Middle East and North Africa region in recent years, and drawing conclusions pertaining to the direction of popular culture within a geopolitical context.

New Book: Arabic Graffiti

The book brings together artists, graffiti writers and typographers from the Middle East and around the world who merge Arabic calligraphy with the art of graffiti writing, street art and urban culture. In addition to a rich assortment of photos featuring Arabic graffiti and street art styles, it includes essays by distinguished authors and scene experts, in which they explore the traditional elements, modern approaches, and the socio-political and cultural backgrounds which have shaped Arabic graffiti movements in the Middle East.

Between marginality and participation: Rethinking minorities and majorities in the Middle East

May 8, 2013 – May 9, 2013
St Antony´s College, Oxford
UK
The Graduate Section of BRISMES, Oxford Middle East Centre and Ertegun House
https://sites.google.com/site/brismesgs2013/
Middle Eastern studies, public sphere, cultural studies, Middle East, Muslim minorities
graduate.section.brismes@gmail.com

New Book: Revolution Graffiti: Street Art of the New Egypt

The photographer Mia Gröndahl has followed and documented the constantly and rapidly changing graffiti art of the new Egypt from its beginnings, and here in more than 400 full-color images celebrates the imagination, the skill, the humor, and the political will of the young artists and activists who have claimed the walls of Cairo and other Egyptian cities as their canvas.

Mapping the Mediterranean: Space, Memory, and the Long Road to Modernity

Oct 11, 2013 – Oct 12, 2013
Ann Arbor
USA
University of Michigan
http://humweb.ucsc.edu/mediterraneanseminar/news/index.php?id=214
Harry Kashdan
information and communication technology, politics, cultural studies, migration, public sphere, gender
kashdan@umich.edu
May 15, 2013

New Book: Digital Ethnography: Anthropology, Narrative, and New Media

Integrating insights from cultural anthropology, folklore, digital humanities, and digital heritage studies, this book brims with case studies that provide in-depth discussions of applied projects. Web links to multimedia examples are included as well, including projects, design documents, and other relevant materials related to the planning and execution of digital ethnography projects. In addition, new media tools such as database development and XML coding are explored and explained, bridging the literature on cyber-ethnography with inspiring examples such as blending cultural heritage with computer games.
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