Following a successful first workshop in Doha in February 2014, which included papers by Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian, Professor George Joffé and Zoe Petkanas a conference was organised in Cambridge, at Trinity Hall in July 2014. Its focal point was the multiple changes experienced by the Media as Tunisia underwent significant political change in the post-Ben Ali period. Focusing on shifts in structural relationships, concepts of public and private, and the development of new political and social narratives, the conference likewise engaged debate on political and media transitions in the region since the uprisings of 2011.
The mediated nature of the Arab uprisings has led to significant theoretical reassessment in the field of media studies, while the trajectory of political change in the region, from ‘leaderless activism’ to inexperienced party politics negotiating new structural terrains, challenges existing analytical frames and encouraging new ones. The conference offered an academic platform focused on Tunisia and the Maghrib that brought together scholars and experts from different disciplines to share insights and develop new ways of understanding the structural relationship between media and state, the contours of the emerging Fourth Estate, and the social discourses that are constituting a politics in transition. See the details for thehere.