‘Arab Media and Processes of Remembering’

CFP below – of possible interest to those researching Arab amateur/social media.

‘History in the Making: Arab Media and Processes of Remembering‘ Conference organised by the Arab Media Centre Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) on Friday 24 April 2015 at the University of Westminster, Regent Street Campus, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW.

Keynote Speaker: Kay Dickinson, Concordia University, Montreal. Author of Off Key: When Film and Music Won’t Work Together (2008) and co-editor of The Arab Avant-Garde: Musical Innovation in the Middle East (2013)

This one-day conference will seek to address issues raised by the place of media in history, the function of media artefacts as historical sources, and the processes involved in documenting and storing media images and accounts that will make the past accessible to future generations. A focus on history seems appropriate for what will be the tenth in the Arab Media Centre’s series of annual international conferences. We welcome papers from scholars and media practitioners that engage critically with the issues outlined above. Themes may include, but are not limited to, the following:

· Arab media history and historiography
· The place of history in Arab media studies
· Methodological questions in researching Arab history: the place of media
· Oral histories of Arab media
· Formation of film and broadcasting through colonial and postcolonial times
· Suppressed histories from the media sector
· Historicising the rise of subversive media across different political contexts
· Archiving and digitizing: who decides what and how?
· The performance of museums and libraries in preserving media artefacts
· Translation of historic media texts
· Gender, media and social history
· Media and memory studies
· Historic patterns in media coverage of Arab affairs
· Audience feedback in 20th century Arab media

PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION
This one-day conference, taking place on Friday, 24th April 2015, will include a keynote address, plenary sessions and parallel workshops. The fee for registration for all participants, including presenters, will be £110, with a concessionary rate of £59 for students, to cover all conference documentation, refreshments and administration costs. Registration will open in February 2015.

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS
The deadline for abstracts is Monday, November 3rd, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified early in mid-December 2014. Abstracts should be 300 words. They must be accompanied by the presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal addresses, together with the title of the paper and a 150-word biographical note on the presenter. Please send all these items together in a single Word file, not as pdf, and give the file and message the title ‘AMC 2015’ followed by your surname. The file should be sent by email to the Events Administrator, Helen Cohen, at journalism@westminster.ac.uk

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