[Air-L] CFP - Handbook of Media and Culture in the Middle East

Helga Tawil Souri karlamarx at gmail.com
Wed Feb 19 04:52:36 PST 2014

*Call for Papers*

*Handbook of Media and Culture in the Middle East*

Editors : Gholam Khiabany, Tarik Sabry, *Helga Tawil*-Souri

The aim of the *Handbook of Media and Culture in the Middle East* is to
direct attention to
the multivalent and multi-local characteristics of knowledge production,
media, and culture in the region. It highlights the necessity, once again,
of the need and the possibilities of going beyond the false binaries, and
of speaking with a 'third voice'. It addresses key questions such as:

   - Is Middle Eastern Media Studies a periphery or should it be regarded
   as part of a wider project of (social) science of society?
   - Does it have a particular hermeneutics?
   - How do we address the particularities of the region while also
   considering broader socio-cultural and media shifts?

While challenging the provincialism of perceived 'universal' theory of
media and society, this handbook also highlights the perceived
'alternative', i.e. militant particularism, which is just the flipside of
the vacuous universalism it deplores, rather than a genuine alternative
to it.

The handbook will articulate the questions of media and culture in the
Middle East beyond the limitations of presentism by focusing on the
symbiotic relationship that exists between both old and new media. It also
promises to highlight the role (and meaning) of culture as a dynamic site
of struggle and contestation. The handbook is also an attempt to test some
prevailing approaches regarding the role of empire, among other exogenous
and endogenous factors, and its consequences for culture and politics.

The handbook takes an interdisciplinary approach to media and culture in
the Middle East and brings together internationally recognised scholars
from around the world. The more recent revolutionary fervour in the Arab
World has further brought the region into the attention of the world like
never before. However, while this collection will certainly be an attempt
at 'catching history on the wing', to quote Benjamin, we are seeking
contributions, from various disciplines, that advance our understandings of
 the past and present and the struggle for the future of media and cultural
resources, forms of organisations and expressions, as well as production,
distribution, and consumption.

This volume will be published by Blackwell as part of the prestigious
series The Global Handbooks in Media and Communication Research, designed
to define an intellectual terrain: its historic emergence; its key
theoretical paradigms; its transnational evolution, its key empirical
research and possible future directions. For more information and examples
of the series see: http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-410903.html

Submissions will be assessed for their scholarly merit and the extent to
which they contribute to our greater understanding of the mediated cultures
in the Middle East. Contributors should limit their articles to between
6000 and 8000 words (including references).

*Abstracts (250 words) are due by 28 March 2014.*

*Upon acceptance, full articles will be due by 20 October 2014.*

For further information about the handbook, or to submit your abstract,
please contact the editors:

Gholam Khiabany, Goldsmiths, University of London (g.khiabany at gold.ac.uk)
Tarik Sabry, University of Westminster (Sabryt at westminster.ac.uk)
Helga Tawil-Souri, New York University (helga at nyu.edu)


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