The workshop aims to bring together researchers from the fields of regional studies, media studies, political science, social anthropology, cultural studies, Islamic studies and history, who are dealing with pluralism, identity politics and the power of the media in the Middle East and North Africa. Since the 1970s, an increasing number of non-Arab and non-Islamic voices in the Middle East and North Africa have been calling into question the homogeneity of the Arab world. Agents of marginalized ethnic, religious and denominational groups are struggling for the recognition of their languages and cultural particularities, and they are challenging established representations of identity politics as pursued by the state. At the same time, the agents of new social movements such as feminist groups, youth groups and human rights organizations are standing up for political pluralism, equality and democracy. We seek to compare representations of new political agents offering alternatives to the dominating narratives of the hitherto ruling elites and take a closer look at the agendas of these voice and the interests behind when it comes to propagating pluralism and particular interests. In doing so we will ask how new these claims and ideas actually are.
The Workshop is organized by the Zentrum Moderner Orient in cooperation with SFB 640 “Representations of changing social order” at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.
We invite researchers to submit abstracts (250 words) and a brief biography (100 words) by 1 April 2010. Papers to be presented at the workshop shall be submitted by 15 December 2010.
Venue: Zentrum Moderner Orient
Date: 9-11 February 2011
Contact: Dr Andrea Fischer Tahir and Sophie Wagenhofer
Dr Andrea Fischer Tahir and Sophie Wagenhofer
Zentrum Moderner Orient
Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 20934898
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