Dr Tarik Sabry

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I am a Reader in media and communication theory at the University of Westminster where I am a member of the Communication and Media Research Institute and Director of the Arab Media Centre.

I am the author of Cultural Encounters in the Arab World: On Media, the Modern and the Everyday (2010, I.B. Tauris); Editor of Arab Cultural Studies: Mapping the Field (2012, I.B. Tauris) and Co-Editor of Arab Subcultures: Reflections on Theory and Practice (I.B. Tauris 2016).

I am Co-Founder and Co-Editor of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication and Co-Founder of the journal Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture. I am currently working on a co-edited volume entitled: Arab Cultural Temporalities: Media, Publicness and Post-Modernity (I.B. Tauris 2017) and a co-authored book entitled: Children And Screen Media in Changing Arab Contexts: An Ethnographic Perspective (2018).

My research interests include Arab audiences, Arab children and the media, Arab popular cultures, Arab contemporary philosophical thought and cultural policy. I conducted a number of ethnographic studies exploring the relationship between global media and the dynamics of hybrid identities in Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco.

I have recently finished working on two separate ethnographic research projects: the first was an AHRC, three-year (2012-2015) research project focusing on children and the media in the Arab world. The second was a two-year (2013-2015) research project, funded by ACSS (Arab Council for the Social Sciences) focusing on media, publicness and time in contemporary Arab societies. 

Since 2003 I have led 10 different Media Studies modules. My subject expertise is International migration, Arab popular cultures, tans-national audiences and the philosophy of communications. I led one of the two core 30 credit Level 4 modules, Story, Sound Image and Text, taught over two semesters for over 160 students. I also co-led the BA dissertation module for 4 years. This module has the highest credit rating in the degree (45 credits). I am now teaching an MA module entitled: Media Audiences, which provides a global overview of media audience research, focusing on cases from Africa, China, Europe, the US, Japan and the Middle East. In 2014-2015 I will be co-leading a new core undergraduate module entitled: Media, Time and Space.

Children and the media in the Arab world

I am Co-Investigator with Professors Sakr and Steemers in an AHRC funded three-year research project (2012-2015). The award brought £419.000 to the school of Media, Arts and Design. Entitled 'Orientations in the Development of Pan-Arab Television for Children', it is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for the period 2013-15 inclusive. The project covers the production, distribution and reception of Arabic-language satellite TV programmes for children. It aims to investigate changes in the creation, commercialisation and reception of pan-Arab television for children over the last 15-20 years, paying particular attention to the decade since 2000.

Producing publics in contemporary Arab spaces

I am both researcher and research coordinator on a two-year research program (2013-2015) funded by ACSS (Arab Council for the Social Sciences) focusing on the following aspects of the public and the interrelations between them: a) The conditions and factors that shape public life in Arab societies, including its cultural, religious, political and socioeconomic aspects, b) the ways in which individuals and groups participate in public, including their desire and ability to change the quality of public life and c) The spaces and mediums through which such participation takes place. The broad rubric of "the public in Arab societies" will enable projects to examine political, social and cultural issues in relation to one another while focusing on specific topics.

Media, activism and the new political: Interasian perspectives

I am research coordinator on a two-year programme (2013-2015) funded by SSRC (Social Science Research Council) focusing on the interrelationship between media and politics within and across Inter-Asia, a spatially and historically networked region stretching from the Middle East through East Asia. A central question concerns how the new networks of mobile, social and digital media alter capabilities of physical "amassment" and "amplification"-the spontaneous scaling up or conversion of individuals into collective, visible, and vocal public presences-and whether and how they can unsettle and even overturn established political orders.

2018

Arab Thought and Revolution as Event: Towards New Affective Registers of Critique (2018)
Sabry, T. 2018. Arab Thought and Revolution as Event: Towards New Affective Registers of Critique. Javnost - The Public: Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture.

2013

Revolutions in the age of ‘globalization’: between the trans-temporal and the trans-subjective (2013)
Sabry, T. 2013. Revolutions in the age of ‘globalization’: between the trans-temporal and the trans-subjective. Media, Culture & Society. 35 (1), pp. 21-26.

2005

What is 'global' about Arab media? (2005)
Sabry, T. 2005. What is 'global' about Arab media? Global Media and Communication. 1 (1), pp. 41-46.
Emigration as popular culture: the case of Morocco (2005)
Sabry, T. 2005. Emigration as popular culture: the case of Morocco. European Journal of Cultural Studies. 8 (1), pp. 5-22.
The day Moroccans gave up couscous for satellites: global TV, structures of feeling, and mental migration (2005)
Sabry, T. 2005. The day Moroccans gave up couscous for satellites: global TV, structures of feeling, and mental migration. Transnational Broadcasting Studies. 14, pp. 197-221.

2004

Young Amazighs, the Land of Eromen and Pamela Anderson as the embodiment of modernity (2004)
Sabry, T. 2004. Young Amazighs, the Land of Eromen and Pamela Anderson as the embodiment of modernity. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture. 1 (1), pp. 38-51.
Editorial (2004)
Sabry, T. 2004. Editorial. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture. 1 (1), pp. 1-2.

2017

(Mis)trust, Access and the Poetics of Self-Reflexivity: Arab Diasporic Children in London and Media Consumption (2017)
Mansour, N. and Sabry, T. 2017. (Mis)trust, Access and the Poetics of Self-Reflexivity: Arab Diasporic Children in London and Media Consumption. in: Sakr, N. and Steemers, J. (ed.) Children’s TV and Digital Media in the Arab World Childhood, Screen Culture and Education London and New York I.B. Tauris.

2013

Towards a vertical hermeneutics of the modern: on modernness (2013)
Sabry, T. 2013. Towards a vertical hermeneutics of the modern: on modernness. in: Kraidy, M.M. (ed.) Communication and power in the global era: orders and borders New York Routledge. pp. 130-144

2011

Arab cultural studies: between re-territorialization and deterritorialization (2011)
Sabry, T. 2011. Arab cultural studies: between re-territorialization and deterritorialization. in: Sabry, T. (ed.) Arab cultural studies: mapping the field London I.B. Tauris.

2009

Media and cultural studies in the Arab world: making bridges to local discourses of modernity (2009)
Sabry, T. 2009. Media and cultural studies in the Arab world: making bridges to local discourses of modernity. in: Thussu, D.K. (ed.) Internationalizing media studies Abingdon Routledge. pp. 196-213

2008

Arab media and cultural studies: rehearsing new questions (2008)
Sabry, T. 2008. Arab media and cultural studies: rehearsing new questions. in: Hafez, K. (ed.) Arab media: power and weakness London Continuum. pp. 237-251

2007

In search of the present Arab cultural tense (2007)
Sabry, T. 2007. In search of the present Arab cultural tense. in: Sakr, N. (ed.) Arab media and political renewal: community, legitimacy and public life London, UK I.B. Tauris.

2017

Arab Subcultures: transformations in theory and practice (2017)
Sabry, T. and Ftouni, L. (ed.) 2017. Arab Subcultures: transformations in theory and practice. London and New York I.B. Tauris.

2011

Arab cultural studies: mapping the field (2011)
Sabry, T. 2011. Arab cultural studies: mapping the field. London I.B. Tauris.

2010

Cultural encounters in the Arab world: on media, the modern and the everyday (2010)
Sabry, T. 2010. Cultural encounters in the Arab world: on media, the modern and the everyday. London I.B. Tauris.

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