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Dynamics of Change: Media and the Public Sphere in Egypt



8 - 10 December 2016, Berlin (Germany)


Although the Arab region has been marked as stagnating, the regional dynamics evolving since 2011 have launched processes that are reshaping the political, social and cultural landscapes. Egypt witnessed a temporal opening that was followed by a relapse into more autocratic settings. The media and the actors behind them (journalists, editors, activists, owners) went through transformations, while at the same time were contributing to the transformation of the society. The pathways of these transformations were plastered with challenges like exclusion and marginalization of different segments of society and a strong political polarization.

In this context, the media are important spaces for participation and negotiation of civil society and can provide the ground for reconciliation. The conference offered the opportunity and space for actors from academia, media, civil society, and politics to discuss relevant issues in regard to the media in times of transformation and conflict. The in-depth exchange of opinions and experiences connects both practical as well as academic views on media and political actors.

The conference was realized in cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin, the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and MeCoDEM – an EU-funded research project on Media, Conflict and Democratization which investigates the role of traditional media and ICTs in conflict environments.

Keynote Lecture


Journalism in the Transformative Egyptian Landscape: Changes, Challenges, and Future Prospects

by Prof Sahar Khamis (University of Maryland)

8 December 2016, 7 pm, Venue: DGAP, Rauchstraße 17, Berlin



Photos by AGYA and Jonas Wahmkow


Carola Richter

is Junior Professor for International Communication at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her main research interests include Arab media systems and political communication in the Muslim world, as well as media in relation to political transformation, religion and migration. In 2014, she started a German-Arab dialogue project: Communication in Transformation – Transforming Communication Studies.

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Hanan Badr

is post-doctoral researcher for Media and Communication Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, at the DFG-project “Media functions in Transitions”. Her research interests include international communication, comparative media systems, Islam and the media, journalism and public sphere with a focus on North Africa and Europe.

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