CFP: Re-Imagining Cultural Histories of The Middle East and North Africa. A conference organised by the Communication and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster; The Centre for Global Media and Communications, SOAS; Goldsmiths College, University of London; Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House. 28 June 2018. Deadlines for abstracts: 29 January 2018.
To celebrate 10 years of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication.
Venue: SOAS, University of London
The Arab uprisings of 2011 have awakened interest in studies of cultural creativity and transformations across different historical epochs in the Middle East and North Africa region. However, despite the expanding scholarship, there is a significant gap in knowledge about the diverse cultural histories of the region. The little work there is remains trapped within the narrow Western-centric premise of liberal and modernisation theories that presuppose linear models of cultural, creative and political innovation.