Arab Women and the Media

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The sudden increase in the number of Arab satellite channels targeting
Arabs inside and outside the region has been paralleled by an explosion in
the number of women working as TV presenters, producers, and news
reporters in these various channels. Their appearance has not been
confined to women’s and children’s programmes, but has been markedly
noticeable in the serious genres of news and current affairs too.
Furthermore, women from the most conservative societies in the Arabian
Gulf have also gained access to these channels, and their presence has
indeed been enforced by the establishment of dedicated Gulf channels such
as Al-Jazeera, MBC, Rotana Gulf, IQRA, Dubai, Sharjah and Saudi Channel2
to name a few.

The aim of this special issue of Arab and Muslim Media Research is to
develop and publish a timely collection of papers representing current
research in gender and Arab media. Of particular interest are papers that
present empirical findings of fieldworks among Arab women media
professionals and which offer conceptual, methodological and analytical
rigour. Example topic areas for inclusion in this special issue include,
but are not necessarily confined to:
1. Factors that enabled, or conversely restrained, women’s access
to and
success in media industries
2. How women negotiate their success in a male-dominated field
3. How Arab women media professionals identify themselves and are
identified by others
4. Women’s representation in the media and the impact of this on their
interest in joining the media industries
5. The success criteria as defined by men and women in the media
6. Arab women’s consumption/interaction of a media congested world

This special issue will be dedicated to articles dealing with this rather
under-represented issue and it aims to gather scholarly views on gender
and identity in Arab media industry. Contributions based on empirical
studies are particularly welcome. To ensure the quality of the
contributions a variety of papers will be considered including for example
theory-informed case studies and critical review of current literature
(particularly in Arabic).

Special Issue Editors:
Dr Noha Mellor, Senior Lecturer in Media & Cultural Studies, Faculty of
Arts & Social Sciences, Kingston University. She is the author of The
Making of Arab News (2005) and Modern Arab Journalism (2007).

Dr Noureddine Miladi, Senior Lecturer in Media & Sociology, School of
Social Sciences, University of Northampton, UK.

Manuscripts to be considered for publication should be submitted via
e-mail. Each manuscript should be no more than 8500 words in main text and
150 words in abstract. All submissions will be blind-refereed.
Please refer to the Submission Guidelines for the Journal of Arab and
Muslim Media Research before you formally submit your paper. Please make
sure that submitted papers include the following: Title, name of the
author, affiliation, complete contact details, abstract, keywords,
author’s bio, main body, bibliography etc. The style referencing must
follow the Harvard system all the way through.

Deadline for submission of full papers: 15th January 2010

Please send your complete papers to:

Noha Mellor:
Noureddine Miladi:

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