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'Media in Political Transition: focus on Tunisia' Articles Publication

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'Media in Political Transition:  Focus on Tunisia' Research Publishes Findings in The Journal of North African Studies.


Following a year-long research project and a successful conference in July 2014, the joint project between the University of Cambridge and Al Jazeera Center for Studies publishes a series of articles in The Journal of North African Studies (Volume 19, Issue 5, Dec 2014).

Media in Political Transition: focus on Tunisia - Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian

Government–media relations in Tunisia: a paradigm shift in the culture of governance? - Professor George Joffé

The scissors and the magnifying glass: Internet governance in the transitional Tunisian context - Alexis Artaud de la Ferrière & Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez

What is private, what is public, and who exercises media power in Tunisia? A hybrid-functional perspective on Tunisia's media sector - Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian

Reinforcing citizenship through civil society and media partnerships: the case of community radios - Samar Samir Mezghanni

Negotiating identity: gender and Tunisian talk shows - Zoe Petkanas

Islamist cyber-activism: contesting the message, redefining the public - Kayla Branson

 

 

Cirmena Launches New Speakers Series

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To understand events in the Middle East and North Africa as they rapidly unfold with widespread regional and international implications, nuanced analysis is of critical importance. To this end CIRMENA is hosting a series of occasional seminars that will provide scholarly insight and assessment based on local knowledge and long-time expertise.

CIRMENA Visiting Fellow Dr. Jamal Abdullah, Head of Gulf Studies Research at Al Jazeera Center for Studies in Doha will be speaking on 'Qatari Foreign Policy: Reorientation or Adjustment to the Rhythm?' on November 7, 2014 in the Alison Richard Building.

Abdullah Poster

 

 

'Cambridge Media Research Reading Group' Michaelmas Term 2014

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Big Data, Communications and Media Theory: Conceptual  Challenges
A roundtable discussion convened by Cambridge Digital Humanities Network, the Cambridge Media Research Reading Group, and the Big Data Initiative

Digital Humanities

October 30, 2-4pm ARB

The production and consumption of ‘Big Data’ underlie many key aspects of media in contemporary society. At the same time, ‘big’ as well as ‘small’ media are contributing to a symbiosis between communication and Big Data that is rapidly scaling new frontiers. Advertising has been reshaped by the ubiquitous collection of personal data from digital services and devices. Analytics from websites and social media platforms influence editorial decision-making. The rise of online self-publishing and the rapid diffusion of easily-mastered digital content production and editing tools has blurred the line separating media producers and consumers, while in turn adding to the Big Data deluge.

Do these ever-rising ‘volumes, velocities and varieties’ of data and communication pose new challenges for scholarly analysis of the media? Are we facing a “hermeneutics crisis”, as Geert Lovink suggests,“…because theorists have not learned to code, and also in part because the objects of study are simply not available (think of all the corporate algorithms)… The message of the medium is its underlying structure, and both Google and Facebook are perfect examples of this law.”
http://www.e-flux.com/journal/hermes-on-the-hudson-notes-on-media-theory-after-snowden/

This roundtable will explore the reflexive impact of Big Data on how we theorize the media, and visa versa. Our panelists will consider what concepts such as network, communication and medium mean in the Big Data era, and their new roles in defining community and the public sphere.

 Speakers: Dr. Wendy Pullan Department of Architecture, 

Dr. John Naughton: Director Wolfson Press Fellowship Institute,
Dr. Sharath Srinivasan, Centre of Governance and Human Rights

Moderators: Dr. Anne Alexander, Digital Humanities Reading Group;
Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian, Cambridge Media Research Reading Group 

Big Data and Media Theory download

The next meeting will be held the week of November  10. Date and Programme to be announced soon.

 

 

Turbulent World: Maghrib, Mashriq And Gulf In The New Era Of Uncertainty

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This fortnightly seminar, held Thursdays in Pembroke College and organized in partnership with the Centre of Islamic Studies at Cambridge, addresses current developments in the Middle East and North Africa in the wake of the Arab Uprisings. After the initial roseate glow in the media and in Western academic circles surrounding the upheavals of 2011, there was a residual anxiety as new governments began to emerge and political Islam became a new force in the regional political landscape. The Turbulent World seminars consider the manifold uncertainties that confront the Arab world and its neighbours today, engaging the wider, interested audience throughout the University and beyond. 

Turbulent World

Thursday, 24 April

Masters of their Destiny or Destined to be Mastered? Kurdish Political Strategies in Iraq.
Professor Gareth Stansfield (University of Exeter)

Thursday, 8 May

McCarthyism and Counter-Revolution: The Gulf States and the New Regional Order
Dr. Toby Matthiesen (University of Cambridge)

Wednesday, 14 May

Shaykhen but not Stirred: Prospects for Gulf Societies Ambassador Stuart Laing (University of Cambridge)

Thursday, 22 May

Comparing Palestinian and Syrian Revolutionary Experiences Professor Yezid Sayigh (Carnegie Middle East Center)

 

 

Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian receives £480,000 grant renewal from Al Jazeera Center for Studies

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Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian receives £480,000 grant renewal from Al Jazeera Center for Studies. The grant, to last into 2017, will fund research in Turkey and Morocco as part of the University of Cambridge – Al Jazeera Media Project. It follows a successful first year, in which research on ‘Media in Political Transition’ focused on Tunisia, and culminated in a Conference in collaboration with the Al Jazeera Center for Studies, in Cambridge in July 2014. A special issue of the Journal of North African Studies on ‘Media in Political Transition: The Case of Tunisia’, and accompanied by an Al Jazeera paper of the same name with the articles translated into Arabic, will appear at the end of 2014.

Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian receives grant renewal from Al Jazeera Center for Studies

last modified Jan 29, 2016 11:07 AM

Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian receives £480,000 grant renewal from Al Jazeera Center for Studies. The grant, to last into 2017, will fund research in Turkey and Morocco as part of the University of Cambridge – Al Jazeera Media Project. It follows a successful first year, in which research on ‘Media in Political Transition’ focused on Tunisia, and culminated in a Conference in collaboration with the Al Jazeera Center for Studies, in Cambridge in July 2014. A special issue of the Journal of North African Studies on ‘Media in Political Transition: The Case of Tunisia’, and accompanied by an Al Jazeera Paper of the same name with the articles translated into Arabic, will appear at the end of 2014.

  

 

'Media in Political Transition: The Case of Tunisia' Conference

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The Conference will focus on the multiple changes experienced by the Media as Tunisia undergoes 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 will engage debate on political and media transitions in the region since the uprisings of 2011.

Tunisia Poster

Further details here.

 

 

New Media Research Reading Group

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The Media Research Reading Group had its first meeting in May 2014. Centre of Islamic Studies Visiting Scholar and PhD student (University of Utrecht) Omar Sayfo presented his research on Arab animated cartoons. The presentation was not only scholarly as well as thoughtful and amusing, but inspired a wide-ranging discussion.  

Session 1 Omar Sayfo


Session 2

"Arab cartoons: production, context and message" by Omar Sayfo (University of Utrecht)

 

The second Media Research Reading Group meeting took place on Tuesday June 10 at 7pm. PhD student Ozan Asik presented his research on 'The Representation of Turkey's Other: Kurds and Arabs  in the news production process in Turkey', to be followed by refreshments and discussion.

Session 2

"The Representation of Turkey's National 'Other'- Kurdish and Arabs in the News Production Process in Turkey" by Ozan Azik (Sociology, University of Cambridge).

 

 

Cambridge in Qatar

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On March 18-19, CIRMENA members Professor George Joffe, Dr Roxane Farmanfarmaian and Management Committee Chair Professor Yasir Suleiman, presented papers at a two-day international conference titled “Perspectives on Middle East Studies” at Qatar University (QU). As part of a new project, Cambridge in Qatar, the conference, organized by the Centre of Islamic Studies at Cambridge University, and the University of Qatar Gulf Studies Centre, drew about 200 participants from the diplomatic community, academia, and government.

Qatar

 

Other Cambridge University delegates included Master of Corpus Christi College, Stuart Laing, and Dr. Paul Andersen of the Centre of Islamic Studies. University of Qatar’s Gulf Studies Centre director, Dr Abdullah Baabood said: “Dialogue and collaboration such as this are critical not only for Qatar and the Gulf but also worldwide.” The event also featured presentations from academics, researchers and experts from Hamad Bin Khalifa University, University College of London - Qatar, Northwestern University Qatar, and University of Sarajevo.

 

 

Al Jazeera Awards £150K to Cambridge University for Research Project

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Al Jazeera Media Network has awarded CIRMENA £150,000 for a research project on media and politics in Tunisia. The principal investigator on the University of Cambridge – Al Jazeera Center for Studies Media Research Project is Dr Roxane Farmanfarmaian, an affiliated lecturer at POLIS.

The one year project, which began on August 12, 2013, will examine the relationship between a liberated media and the new political environment in post-Ben Ali Tunisia. Investigation will focus on how conventional as well as social media disseminate critical issues to the public; the intent is to map the development of political narrative in the year following the revolution. Structure, function and agency will be analysed as the new political and media environments interact.

A workshop in Doha, in conjunction with the AJCS, will review the initial findings of the project, with final conclusions presented in a Cambridge-based workshop in July 2014.

 

 

CIRMENA hosts Al Jazeera delegation to discuss collaboration

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On November 21-23, 2012 a delegation from Al Jazeera – the executive director for development, Dr Ehab Sahawneh, and the director of the Al Jazeera Center for Studies, Dr Salah Eddin Elzein – visited the Centre to discuss possibilities for future cooperation.

The visit by Al Jazeera to Cambridge follows the appointment of Dr Roxane Farmanfarmaian (CIRMENA committee member) as the first Visiting Fellow to the Al Jazeera Center for Studies in Doha, in summer 2012. Find out more about Dr Farmanfarmaian's appointment to the Al Jazeera Center for Studies