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Anne Sofie Roald, Satellitization of Arab Media: Perceptions of Changes in Gender Relations, CyberOrient, Vol. 10, Iss. 1, 2016
CyberOrient

New Book: Media Power and Global Television News: The Role of Al Jazeera English

The book considers Al Jazeera English's position in the global news environment. The Middle East has been a particular focus of global crisis reporting. Yet, international coverage of these conflicts has historically been presented through a 'Western' perspective. The absence of Arab voices in the global public sphere has created a discursive gap between the Middle East and the rest of the world. The arrival of Al Jazeera English might, therefore, be regarded as an attempt to bridge this gap by broadcasting discourses from and about the Arab world. Using a framing analysis of selected news reports by Al Jazeera English before and after the so-called 'Arab Spring' protests, this book considers Al Jazeera English's position in the global news environment and identifies the extent to which it addresses this gap between the Arab and global spheres.

New Book: Media and Political Contestation in the Contemporary Arab World: A Decade of Change

This book addresses the roles of various media in the shaping and active contestation of particular conflicts and political agendas in the Arab world. Interdisciplinary contributions examine the sociopolitical dynamics generated in and through media, with perspectives emerging from media studies, anthropology, religious studies, and political science. This book explores both new media and older media forms and formats including the press, satellite television, Facebook, Web 2.0 technology, posters, and music videos. Topics range across the politics of popular culture, women scholars' religious fatwas, the Palestinian visual public sphere, Hezbollah's media policy, women's presence on Arab satellite television, and the uses of Facebook in the Tunisian revolution.

New Book: Al Jazeera and Democratization: The Rise of the Arab Public Sphere

The book analyses the increasing role of the media in political transformations with a special emphasis on the Arab world. Taking the Al Jazeera media network as a case study, the author explains how engaging the public and providing platforms for open debate and free expression contributed to the emergence of a new vibrant Arab public sphere.

New Book: New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa

The book casts a critical look at Africa's rapidly evolving religious media scene. Following political liberalization, media deregulation, and the proliferation of new media technologies, many African religious leaders and activists have appropriated such media to strengthen and expand their communities and gain public recognition. Media have also been used to marginalize and restrict the activities of other groups, which has sometimes led to tension, conflict, and even violence. Showing how media are rarely neutral vehicles of expression, the contributors to this multidisciplinary volume analyze the mutual imbrications of media and religion during times of rapid technological and social change in various places throughout Africa.

Book: Arab TV-Audiences: Negotiating Religion and Identity

The empirical based case studies in this interdisciplinary volume explore audience-media relations with a focus on religious identity in different countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, and the United States. Today the relations between Arab audiences and Arab media are characterised by pluralism and fragmentation. More than a thousand Arab satellite TV channels alongside other new media platforms are offering all kinds of programming. Religion has also found a vital place as a topic in mainstream media or in one of the approximately 135 religious satellite channels that broadcast guidance and entertainment with an Islamic frame of reference. How do Arab audiences make use of mediated religion in negotiations of identity and belonging?

Book: Watching Arabic Television in Europe: From Diaspora to Hybrid Citizens

Anti-immigrant sentiment is on the rise in Europe, focused on Islam and on Arabs, and manifested in increasingly rigorous immigration regimes. What are Arabic Europeans watching on television and how does it affect their identities as Europeans? New quantitative and qualitative evidence from seven capitals shows that, far from being isolated in ethnic media ghettoes, they are critical news consumers in Arabic and European languages. Arabic speakers from the Maghreb, concentrated in Paris, Amsterdam and Madrid are bicultural, focusing on media in their European and Arabic homelands. Other Middle Eastern Arabic speakers are more transnational in their media. The author argues that hybrid television cultures of the sort found among Arabic speakers in Europe enhance, rather than detract from, the culture of civic life in Europe.

Panels at the 4th World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES)

Aug 18, 2014 – Aug 22, 2014
Ankara
Turkey
Middle East Technical University
http://www.wocmes2014.org/
activism, public sphere, democracy, conflict, Iran, politics, Middle East, Television, Middle Eastern studies, media studies, satellite TV, communication studies, popular culture, Arab Spring, cultural studies
Feb 7, 2014

Media workshop "Media and Democracy“

Feb 7, 2014
Munich
Germany
Ludwig-Maxmilians-Universität München
http://www.naher-osten.uni-muenchen.de/studium_lehre/promotion/bam/program_en.pdf
David Arn
democracy, Television, Middle Eastern studies, media studies, satellite TV, communication studies, Arab Spring, politics, censorship
david.arn@mu.de
Feb 6, 2014

New Book: The Future of News Media in the Arab World

This book aims to understand the relationship between GCC countries respondents’ consumption of different news media and their perception of news issues. The book examines respondents’ news consumption habits and their motives for the choices they make. It fills the current gap in media scholarship concerning Arab media and how it affects the Arab public.
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