Media and the Arab Spring, 14-15 April 2012

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There is a widespread perception that media – old and especially new – have significantly influenced the events of the "Arab Spring". This conference will bring together media practitioners, writers, commentators and scholars to investigate the role of different forms of media in shaping these events and perceptions of them.

Speakers include: Kamel Riahi (writer, Tunisia), Joseph Massad (Columbia University, US), Rami Abdurrahman (Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, UK), Caroline Rooney (University of Kent, UK), Ayman el-Desouky (SOAS, UK), Sahar el-Mougy (writer, Egypt), Scott Lucas (EA Worldview, UK), Michael Graae (photojournalist, UK), Liam Kennedy (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Paper proposals (max. 250 words) are invited on all aspects of the "Arab Spring". Possible topics include (but are not restricted to):

the evolutions and contributions of "citizen journalism" in the region
the role of the Internet and new social media in fueling and shaping the Arab Spring
hip-hop and street art - the early shades and sounds of change in the region
the roles of the Arab press and media and the effects of (self)censorship before, during, and after the uprisings
Arab literature and the revolutions
the role of international media in framing the Arab Spring
the role of media in the development of civil society and post-conflict nation-building
the role of diaspora media in relation to the ongoing events and the futures of the post-conflict states

Please send your paper abstracts (in e-mail attachments) to Rita Sakr: before 1 February 2012.

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