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Slide background "A truly common culture is not one in which we all think alike, but one in which everyone is allowed to be in on the project of cooperatively shaping a common way of life." Terry Eagleton
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The massive political upheavals witnessed not only throughout the Arab region, but also in various parts of the world for the past few years have been strongly allied with widespread and dynamic social and cultural transformations. These transformations, as is evident, engage untraditional actors who operate rather independently of state institutions, and who are intent on reclaiming both the public space and their own means of representation, which authoritarian regimes had long confiscated. One side of this representation is reflected in the field of popular cultural practices, and is manifest in the outpouring of popular and alternative cultural and artistic production, such as citizen journalism, graffiti, community music, street cinema, digital forms of expression, to name only a few. This forum aims at promoting research in the field of popular culture regionally and internationally. For this end, it seeks to create a network that would facilitate the exchange of expertise among scholars in the field of popular culture, and to encourage and sponsor young researchers from Egypt and the Arab region who opt for studying this under-researched field.

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جدارية للتوعية بمخاطر تغير المناخ

Within the field of media studies, Middle Eastern media is often treated as a domain of interest only to area specialists. As Edward Said argued in Orientalism, the region popularly known as the Middle East is not peripheral but integral to European history, culture, and civilization. This subversive insight, however, has largely been treated as secondary to foundational claims in media theory. If knowledge about Middle Eastern media usually serves only to supplement dominant frameworks and paradigms, we are interested in thinking about the ways it can instead extend, qualify, or even explode them. ‘Rethinking Media Through the Middle East’ aims to create an interdisciplinary conversation to challenge this deficit. Taking a broad view of the Middle East that incorporates the Arabic-speaking world, Turkey, Iran, and various ethnic minority groups, this conference asks how the Middle East might serve to disrupt, interrupt, subvert, challenge, or transform our understanding of what media are and do. We are especially interested in papers that shift our focus to south-south comparisons and relationships or that challenge how we theorize US and European media. This conference aims to explore the study of media as an independent field, but one that interconnects, influences, and is influenced by other intellectual formations and traditions. The following is a partial list of topics that papers might explore in relation to the conference theme: Media and Political theory -mediated populism -charisma and authority -critical perspectives on humanitarianism -biopolitics, sovereignty, and governmentality -queer theory and the state Colonialism, imperialism, and historicizing global media -early cinema -transnational circulation before neoliberalism -MidEast wars and news media -postcolonial theory, decolonial theory, and critical race theory -diasporic, migrant, and refugee communities Area studies, and media and communication studies -area studies and the history of the social sciences -contemporary debates in social and cultural theory Research methodologies -activist research -feminist methodologies -archival access -language and fieldwork Questions of materiality -political economy, liberalization, and the state -global infrastructures and the Middle East -media archaeology beyond the study of design and invention -economies of repair and breakdown -affect, the senses, and technology Other topics -legacies of post-structuralism -war, cultural memory, and the archive -digital media and sexual cultures -media studies futures See more

One story, many faces: How Egypt’s political TV is shaping public opinion

Within the field of media studies, Middle Eastern media is often treated as a domain of interest only to area specialists. As Edward Said argued in Orientalism, the region popularly known as the Middle East is not peripheral but integral to European history, culture, and civilization. This subversive insight, however, has largely been treated as secondary to foundational claims in media theory. If knowledge about Middle Eastern media usually serves only to supplement dominant frameworks and paradigms, we are interested in thinking about the ways it can instead extend, qualify, or even explode them. ‘Rethinking Media Through the Middle East’ aims to create an interdisciplinary conversation to challenge this deficit. Taking a broad view of the Middle East that incorporates the Arabic-speaking world, Turkey, Iran, and various ethnic minority groups, this conference asks how the Middle East might serve to disrupt, interrupt, subvert, challenge, or transform our understanding of what media are and do. We are especially interested in papers that shift our focus to south-south comparisons and relationships or that challenge how we theorize US and European media. This conference aims to explore the study of media as an independent field, but one that interconnects, influences, and is influenced by other intellectual formations and traditions. The following is a partial list of topics that papers might explore in relation to the conference theme: Media and Political theory -mediated populism -charisma and authority -critical perspectives on humanitarianism -biopolitics, sovereignty, and governmentality -queer theory and the state Colonialism, imperialism, and historicizing global media -early cinema -transnational circulation before neoliberalism -MidEast wars and news media -postcolonial theory, decolonial theory, and critical race theory -diasporic, migrant, and refugee communities Area studies, and media and communication studies -area studies and the history of the social sciences -contemporary debates in social and cultural theory Research methodologies -activist research -feminist methodologies -archival access -language and fieldwork Questions of materiality -political economy, liberalization, and the state -global infrastructures and the Middle East -media archaeology beyond the study of design and invention -economies of repair and breakdown -affect, the senses, and technology Other topics -legacies of post-structuralism -war, cultural memory, and the archive -digital media and sexual cultures -media studies futures See more

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Street Art for Hope and Peace | eL Seed | TED Talks

During the days of the 25 January revolution, street art was mostly used to mock the Mubarak regime and to express citizen demands for change. Simple graffiti began to appear on walls, such as some in Bab el Louk in downtown Cairo that said, “I want to see another president B4 [before] I die” (Gowaily, 2012). An interesting dimension of such graffiti.

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