Muslim Media and the ‘War on Terror’**
6-7 July 2006
Department of Politics, University of Bristol
Although there has been considerable research, particularly since September 11, on media representations of terrorism, the war on terror, anti-terrorist security policy, Islam, and so on, these analyses overwhelmingly focus on the mainstream Western press. In this workshop, and the edited book to issue from it, we shift attention explicitly to the analysis of Muslim media and their representations.
Papers are welcome on a wide range of topics relating to Muslim media* and the ‘war on terror’. We are particularly interested in studies of Muslim media in the diaspora -- in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere – but papers on media in ‘Muslim countries’ (those with Muslim traditions in both the Arab and non-Arab world) or papers comparing Muslim and non-Muslim media are also very welcome. Papers can focus on single countries, or make comparisons between and among countries. We also encourage authors to consider diverse forms of media -- printed, televised, online – or to compare and contrast among them.
We hope that these papers will engender a wide-ranging discussion of the role of Muslim media of all kinds in generating discourses about, and/or attitudes among Muslims towards (among other things)
§ The contemporary war on terrorism
§ Its attendant anti-terrorist security policies
§ The nature of Muslim-non-Muslim relations
§ The status of Islam, in the countries of diaspora or in the Muslim world*
§ The relation of Islam to ‘the West’ or to terrorism
§ The implications of these representations for diverse Muslim communities
Central questions that might be asked include:
§ How do Muslim media, in the Muslim world or in the diaspora, represent the terrorism, the war on terrorism, anti-terrorist security policies, and so on?
§ Do Muslim media in the diaspora represent these differently than media from within the Muslim world?
§ How do Muslim media within the diaspora differ among themselves, across states or across different media?
§ What effect do the representations in diverse Muslim media have on the communities in which they are read or viewed?
* Authors are encouraged also to be critical of the concepts deployed in this call for papers, including the notion of ‘Muslim media’ and the ‘Muslim world’ itself.
Gennaro Gervasio and Jutta Weldes
Department of Politics
University of Bristol
10 Priory Road
UK Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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