Past conferences and events
The Arab Media Centre hosts an international conference every year, usually in April. Past conferences are listed below, with a summary of information that was distributed at the time.
2013: New Media, New Politics? (post-) Revolutions in Theory and Practice
Keynote Speaker: Walter Armbrust, Oxford University
Special Address: Jillian York, Electronic Frontier Foundation
With: Miriyam Aouragh, Christian Fuchs, Paulo Gerbaudo, Adel Iskander, Rob Jackson, Joe Khalil, Tim Markham, Ulises Mejias, Tarik Sabry, and many more.
It is two years since the world witnessed millions of Arabs march, strike, struggle and fight to get rid of their repressive regimes. The revolutionary uprisings are on-going and difficult but did succeed in disrupting scholarly tendencies to essentialise the Middle East and in reclaiming people’s agency as a key factor in revolutionary change. This conference benefits from and further pushes that disruption by reflecting critically on the politics of the media as well as the online-offline dialectics of:
- Revolutionary media processes
- Post-revolutionary challenges and struggles
- Theoretical reinventions in media studies
- Practical interventions in technological mediation
- Trans-regional reporting of the revolutions
2012: Media, Youth Subcultures and the Politics of Resistance in the Arab World
Keynote Speaker: Joseph Masaad, Columbia University, on “Sexuality and/in Islam”
Is 'subculture' a universal category that discloses itself in similar ways, regardless of differences in historical moments or cultural geographies? Or is it inextricably linked to particular historical moments and cultural specificities? This conference explores youth subcultures in the Arab context, relating them to specific historical, economic, cultural and political moments. Presentations engage with theoretical and ethnographic based work dealing with, but not limited to, the following themes:
- Social media, subcultures and the politics of resistance
- Popular music/sport/cinema as subculture
- Sexuality, gender and the politics of representation
- Theorizing Arab subcultures/Rethinking Arab subcultures
- Contemporary Arab art and subcultures
- Subcultures and new forms of Arab identity
2011: Investment and Entrepreneurship in Arab Media
Keynote speaker: Marwan Kraidy, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
This conference showcased world class scholarship on media owners, management practices and shifting business models in Arab media industries. Arab, European and US researchers debated:
- Media elites in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and elsewhere
- Strategic planning at MBC, Rotana and LBC
- Ownership concentration and its impact
- Future models of the ‘media city’
- Emerging regulatory pressures
2010: Children’s TV in the Arab World
With the participation of: Malika Alouane, Director of Programming, Al-Jazeera Children’s Channel; Fayez Al-Sabbagh, President, Spacetoon International; Nadine Hassan, Channel Manager, MBC3; Wayne Borg, Chief Operating Officer, twofour54; Alex Chien, Vice President, Content – Nickelodeon, Emerging Markets; Greg Childs, ChildsEye; Nia Ceidiog, CEIDIOG, Producer, Baaas; Estelle Hughes, 3Line Productions, Executive Producer, Story Train; Jo Ralling, Head of Operations, Fresh One’s The Flying Saucer; Daoud Kuttab, Community Media Network, Producer, Shara’a Simsim and Yalafanous; Hussam A. Hadi, Regional Manager, Educational Humanitarian Programmes, Spacetoon Kids TV, Jordan
2009: Arab and African Media Audiences: Shared Agendas for Research
Organised jointly with the CAMRI African Media Centre and the CAMRI Audiences Group.
2008: Journalism Testing Legal Boundaries: Media Laws and the Reporting of Arab News
2nd Arab Media Centre knowledge transfer event supported by Round 3 of the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF3) and the Open Society Foundation. The proceedings were published on CD and papers from the conference were developed into a themed issue of Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture edited by Katharina Noetzold and Maha Taki .
2007: Media Studies and Cultural Studies in Arab Higher Education: Mapping the Field
1st Arab Media Centre knowledge transfer event supported by Round 3 of the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF3). Work from this conference was developed into Tarik Sabry’s edited collection Arab Cultural Studies: Mapping the Field.
2006: Researching Arab Media, Culture and Society: Confronting Methodological Challenges
Cavendish Campus, December 9, 2006
2003-2005: Towards an Arab Public Sphere? The Impact of New Media Technologies on Public Life in the Arab World
A series of six international one-day meetings supported by the Research Seminars programme of the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Taking place between December 2003 and June 2005, the series attracted more than 30 speakers in addition to an audience of some 35 specialists. It resulted in publication of an edited collection entitled Arab Media and Political Renewal: Community, Legitimacy and Public Life. The six seminars were as follows:
- New Arab Media: Is the Public Sphere Concept Applicable?, Marylebone Campus, 5 December 2003
- Arab Satellite Channels: Ownership and Control, Harrow Campus, 19 March 2004
- Analysing Content, Regent Street Campus, 18 June 2004
- Arab Audiences: What do we know about them?, Marylebone Campus, 10 December 2004
- Interplay of Influence between "New" and "Old" Arab Media, Regent Street Campus, 12 March 2005
- ‘Arab Public Sphere': A Convenient Illusion?, Regent Street Campus, 11 June 2005
Events and lectures
This list covers ad hoc events that are separate from Arab Media Centre annual conferences.
New Horizons in Pan-Arab Children’s TV - 10 May 2013. Invitation-only roundtable for scholars and industry practitioners, held as part of the 3 year (2013-16) AHRC-funded research programme ‘Orientations in the Development of Pan-Arab Television for Children
Diversity and Media in Europe and North America - 19 November 2009. Panel presentations and debate, hosted in association with the Panos Paris Institute, to mark the publication of a Panos Paris Institute report.
What it Means to be Palestinian: Stories of Peoplehood - 25 February 2010, by Dina Matar, Lecturer, Centre for Film and Media Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Neoliberalising People and Places in Egyptian Media - 17 March 2010, by Walter Armbrust, Albert Hourani Fellow of Modern Middle Eastern Studies, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University.
Lost in Translation? A Methodological Approach to Adapting Surveys and Questionnaires from English to Arabic, Mandarin or Spanish - 30 October 2009, by Lina Daouk-Öyry, Lecturer, Department of Language and Communication Science, City University.
In the Aftermath of Gaza: Conflict Reporting, Media Perspectives and Public Perceptions - 16 February 2009. Full-day roundtable and press event hosted jointly with the Anna Lindh Foundation, in collaboration with the Foreign Press Association, the Euromed Media Taskforce and the UN Alliance of Civilisations.
Meedan: Arabic-English Media Sharing on the Internet - 25 February 2009 by Anas Tawileh, ICT4D consultant, and George Weyman, former managing editor of Arab Media and Society.
Elegy for a City: 3 Short Films by Sabine El Chamaa. Film Screening followed by Q & A with director Sabine El Chamaa, March 10, 2009.
Hezbollah's Media Strategy: The Collapsing Politics of Dissimulation - 19 September 2007, by Nicholas Noe, Editor-in-Chief, Mideastwire.com
Shots That Bind: Photojournalists in Nablus -1 November 2007. Screening of documentary film by Kloie Picot followed by Q & A with Assistant Director and University of Westminster alumnus Muthana al-Qadi.
Al-Jazeera English: Clash of Civilisations or Cross-Cultural Dialogue? - 21 November 2007, by Mohammed El-Nawawy, Knight-Crane Endowed Chair and Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Queens University of Charlotte. Hosted at Harrow Campus in conjunction with CAMRI Postgraduate Seminar Series.
In the Shadow of International Crises: Constructions of Islamic Discourses in New Media - 29 November 2007, by Ehab Galal, PhD Candidate, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen.
Challenges and Self-Criticism in the Arab News Room - 21 February 2008, by Tine Ustad Figenschou, Research Fellow, Institute of Media and Communication, University of Oslo.
Views from Saudi Arabia: Women and Change - 2 April 2008, by Abeer Miskhas, Asharq al-Awsat journalist and former columnist for Arab News.
Beyond Media Representations: Iraqi Women and the Occupation - 22 May 2008, by Nadje Al-Ali, Director, Centre for Gender Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
America, Islam and the War of Ideas - 30 January 2007, by Lawrence Pintak, Director, Adham Centre for Electronic Journalism, American University in Cairo.
Arab Media in a Changing World -26 April 2007, by Yahia Shukkeir, Local Affairs Editor, Al-Arab Al-Yawm.