Pan-Arab Media, Conflicts, Revolutions And Politics4 October 2017. From 18:30 | Workshop | English | IEMed, Barcelona
In the political landscape that has resulted from the Arab uprisings of 2011, the new collaboration and / or opposition between power and the media is a key aspect of the political conflict. Both liberal and Islamist parties and activists had to use different media in order to stay and compete for power. The main question is how Islamists and liberals moved through the media (own, national, pan-Arab and transnational) at a time when the national media had to first accept the political power of the Islamist parties and then return to the old view of Islamists as illegitimate opposition. In a context where it is political power that shapes the media, it becomes relevant to examine how the interaction between media and political power is forged, and how liberal and Islamist Arab parties and activists use and react to the media in an environment of political conflict. What relationship is established between Arab political parties, activists and the media in a context of political conflict?
The lecture is delivered by Ehab Galal, a professor in the Department of Intercultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen. With a specialization in Arab media, culture, tradition, and religion, his research focuses on the study of media discourses, identity, and transnational Muslim communities. He has published extensively on these areas in both books and academic publications, most recently in Children’s TV and Digital Media in the Arab World: Childhood Screen Culture and Education (IB Tauris, 2017). His research currently explores the media strategies of Islamist political parties in Arab countries with the ultimate goal of studying political and cultural changes after the Arab Spring.