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Media Transitions and Cultural Debates in Arab Societies: Transhistorical Perspectives on the Impact of Communication Technologies


24 - 26 Nov 2017

Beit al-Hikma - The Tunisian Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts, Tunis, Tunisia


In the last decades, the Arab world has witnessed the emergence and broad diffusion of ʻnewʼ media technologies, most prominently the Internet. However, the adoption of Internet technologies in recent times can be compared to the transition from oral to script culture that took place in the 9th century, or to the spread of print technologies after several centuries of a flourishing manuscript culture in the 19th century. Applying a transhistorical perspective, we are interested in exploring how the emergence and diffusion of ‘new media’ or communication technologies in Arab societies have affected the (conditions of) literary and cultural production, distribution, and reception and how cultural debates are shaped by the use of different media.

The conference is organized by AGYA members Barbara Winckler (Junior Professor for Modern Arabic Literature, University of Münster), Carola Richter (Professor for Inter-national Communication, Freie Universität Berlin) and Bilal Orfali (Associate Professor for Arabic Studies, American University of Beirut), in cooperation with Teresa Pepe (Associate Professor at the Institute for Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo). It is a project of the AGYA Working Group Common Heritage & Common Challenges.

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24-26 November 2017, all day,
Beit al-Hikma - The Tunisian Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts, Tunis, Tunisia

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