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Media and the Afterlife of the Arab Uprisings
Denis Bocquet
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Media and the Afterlife of the Arab Uprisings
Panel discussion held by George Mason University
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Hosted by Bassam Haddad

This panel brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to discuss the aftermath of media and the Arab Uprisings. It interrogates the images, political dynamics, and cultural forms that have emerged in the years since Bouazizi, Tahrir, and Asad became familiar names beyond the Middle East. Speakers will contextualize the politics of aesthetic practices in the period since the Uprisings appeared to begin so as to more clearly apprehend the contemporary moment.

Guests

Amal Amireh
Amal Amireh

Author of "The Factory Girl and the Seamstress: Imagining Gender and Class in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction".

Amal Amireh is Associate Professor of English at George Mason University. She received a BA in English literature from Birzeit University in the West Bank and an MA and a PhD in English and American literature from Boston University. Before joining George Mason University, Amireh taught at An-Najah National University and Birzeit University (both in West Bank/Palestine).She is author of The Factory Girl and the Seamstress: Imagining Gender and Class in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction (Garland, 2000), and is co-editor, with Lisa Suhair Majaj of Going Global: The Transnational Reception of Third World Women Writers (Garland, 2000) and Etel Adnan: Critical Essays on the Arab-American Writer and Artist (McFarland, 2002). Her writings on Arab women and Arabic literature have appeared in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Against the Current, The Women's Review of Books, World Literature Today, and Edebiyat: The Journal of Middle Eastern Literatures.

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Hatim El-Hibri
Hatim El-Hibri

El-Hibri's research and teaching interests focus on global and transnational media and the visual culture of the Middle East.

Hatim El-Hibri is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at George Mason University. His research and teaching interests focus on global and transnational media and the visual culture of the Middle East, and the historical entanglement of media technology and institutions with the production and contestation of urban space. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled 'Visions of Beirut: The Urban Life of Media Infrastructure.' Prior to joining George Mason, he taught at the American University of Beirut. His writing has appeared in the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, the International Journal of Communication, and the Arab World Geographer. He holds a Ph.D in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University.

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Marwan M. Kraidy
Marwan M. Kraidy

Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture, and Founding Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) at the Annenberg School for Communication.

Marwan M. Kraidy is Professor of Communication, the Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture, and the Founding Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, where he is also affiliated with the Middle East Center. A scholar of global communication and an authority on Arab media, politics and culture, he studies the relationship between culture and geopolitics, theories of identity and modernity, and global media systems and industries. Kraidy has published 13 books and edited volumes, penned 130 essays and chapters, won more than 50 awards for teaching and scholarship, delivered keynote addresses and named lectures worldwide, and advised universities, civil society organizations, museums, foundations, and governments. Most recently, he published The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World (Harvard UP), co-edited American Studies Encounters the Middle East (UNC Press, with Alex Lubin), and co-authored Global Media Studies (Polity Press, with Toby Miller).

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Rayya Sunayma El Zein
Rayya Sunayma El Zein

El Zein's research concerns processes of live cultural production, popular culture and media, and audiences in urban Arab contexts and diasporas. 

Rayya Sunayma El Zein is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Her research concerns processes of live cultural production, popular culture and media, and audiences in urban Arab contexts and diasporas. In her work, she examines the political economy of consumption and leisure as an important part of the politics of reception and spectatorship. Ongoing ethnographic projects supported by the Winner-Gren Foundation, the Palestinian American Research Center, and an IIE Fulbright center on live music and the media representations of hybrid cultural phenomena amid patterns of neoliberal growth in the Levant. Her writing has appeared in Lateral, the Journal of Palestine Studies, Theatre Journal, Ethnomusicology Forum and on the e-zine JadaliyyaShe holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. 

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Panelists:
Marwan M. Kraidy, "Creative Insurgency & Media Industries: Post-Revolutionary Paths" Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics & Culture Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania

Rayya El Zein, "Neoliberal Orientalism" Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania

Hatim El-Hibri, "Speaking as the People" Assistant Professor, English and Film and Media Studies, George Mason University

Respondent: Amal Amireh, George Mason University
Moderator: Bassam Haddad, George Mason University

Sponsored by Middle East and Islamic Studies, Film and Media Studies, Film and Video Studies, Arab Studies Institute, Communication, Cultural Studies, the English Department, and Global Programs. Co-sponsors: Global Affairs, and the Center for Global Islamic Studies.