Anonymous, 5 Jul 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: activism

Report: Profiles in Blogging: How Bloggers Around the World Practice Their Craft

The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at the National Endowment for Democracy released its report titled Profiles in Blogging: How Bloggers Around the World Practice Their Craft written by Christopher Connell. The paper features bloggers from Saudi Arabia, Cambodia, Ghana, Yemen, Philippines, China, Nepal, and Cuba.

Book: Writing Revolution: The Voices from Tunis to Damascus

This book is a collection of testimony, entirely composed by participants in, and witnesses to, the profound changes shaking their region. Unique amongst material emanating from and about the convulsions in the Arab Middle East, these creative and original writers speak of history, determination and struggle, as well as of political and poetic engagement with questions of identity and activism. This book gives a moving and inspiring insight into the Arab revolutions and uprisings: why they are happening and what might come next.

Hijabi Superhero Fights Sexual Harassment in Egypt

In the latest episode of black and white comics, a hijabi cartoon character named Qahera fights the sexual harassment on Egyptian streets. In previous episodes she stood up against the misogyny and Femen activities in the Muslim environment. The cartoon is made by Deena who blogs at Blog Like An Egyptian. It is available in Arabic and English versions.

Symposium: "Revolutions/Revo-coup-lutions? A Reassessment of the Arab Springs"

Sep 19, 2013
University of Manchester
Professor Zahia Smail Salhi
conflict, activism, public sphere, politics, Arab Spring
Aug 20, 2013

New Issue of the Arab Media and Society

The online journal Arab Media & Society has published its new issue that discusses the state of post-Arab Spring media and journalism. All included articles are available online or in the PDF format for download. Arab Media & Society, formerly TBS Journal, is a joint project of The Center for Electronic Journalism at the American University in Cairo and the Centre for Middle East Studies at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

Iran Elections 2013: Zahra for President

With the Iranian presidential election to be held on 14 June 2013, a campaign Vote4Zahra has been launched. Zahra, a virtual candidate and fictional character of the graphic novel Zahra's Paradise, represents the freedom platform and calls for fair elections. The campaign's goal is to attract attention to the undemocratic political environment in the country.
El-Nawawy, Mohammed and Khamis, Sahar, Egyptian Revolution 2.0 : Political Blogging, Civic Engagement, and Citizen Journalism. Palgrave Macmillan, May 2013 abstract full text

Winners of The BOBs/Deutsche Welle Blog Awards 2013

Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle announced the winners of its annual The BOBs/Deutsche Welle Blog Awards. The Best Blog Award went to Li Chengpeng, a Chinese blogger and columnist. There were six Jury Awards categories (Best Blog, Best Innovation, Best Social Activism, Reporters Without Borders Award, Global Media Forum Award, and Most Creative & Original), six User Prizes in the same categories, and 14 language-specific User Prizes for Best Blogs.

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.

Book: The Technology Of Nonviolence: Social Media and Violence Prevention

Once peacekeeping was the purview of international observers, but today local citizens take violence prevention into their own hands. These local approaches often involve technology--including the use of digital mapping, crowdsourcing, and mathematical pattern recognition to identify likely locations of violence--but, as the author shows, technological advances are of little value unless they are used by a trained cadre of community organizers.
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