Media Transitions and Cultural Debates in Arab Societies
In the last decades, the Arab world has witnessed the emergence and broad diffusion of ʻnewʼ media, most prominently the Internet. However, the adoption of digital technologies is not the first media transition to occur. It could be compared to the transition from oral to script culture, from manuscript to print culture, or the emergence of audio-visual media, such as radio, TV, photography and film.
Applying a transhistorical perspective (9th-21st century), the conference aims at exploring how the emergence and diffusion of new communication technologies have affected the conditions of cultural production, distribution, and reception and how cultural debates are shaped by the use of different media.
The conference will be hosted by the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA).