Media Economies in the Contemporary Middle East
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Media Economies in the Contemporary Middle East

CFP: Media Economies in the Contemporary Middle East


 While global images of the contemporary Middle East tell us stories of endless wars, forced displacement, and authoritarianism, a focus on local processes of media production and circulation broadens the scope of what media can mean for the region. In the past fifteen to twenty years, we have observed multiplied efforts, both top-down and bottom-up, to develop media networks, institutionalize media, and strengthen existing industrial infrastructures. From informal economies, film festivals, satellite TV, reality and children TV to “Arab media Moguls” and Islamic media, the diversification of recent academic literature on Middle Eastern media economies is testament of a lively debate in the field. This panel seeks to retrace the global, transnational, regional, and local logics according to which media economies, understood broadly as to include institutions and industries as well as less formal endeavors, take shape in today’s Middle East. We question how these economies are symptomatic of, accompany, negotiate, or propel changing political economies, political regimes, political imaginaries, social formations, media histories, or cultural and religious paradigms.

We welcome papers that experiment with various theoretical and methodological approaches in a diverse, contemporary Middle Eastern context.  Topics may include, but are not limited to:
-        Historicization of contemporary media economies 
-        Production, distribution, reception, or audience studies 
-        Informal economies
-        Anthropology of media industries
-        Decolonizing media industries studies
-        Media industries and racial capitalism
-        Media economies and gender/sexuality
-        Islamic media economies
-       Solidarity economies 
-        Processes of industrialization and institutionalization
-        Politics of recognition
-        Media moguls 
-        Grassroots / institutions relations
-        State and non-state institutions
-        Issues of funding and co-production
-        Issues of media development/aid economy
-        Media industries and human rights economies
-       Regional versus global industries

Please submit a 200-250 word abstract, 5 Bibliographic sources, 5 keywords, and a short professional biography to AND by August 1, 2019.



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