Media Infrastructures in the Middle East
American University of Beirut
January 9 to 11, 2020
|Thursday January 9, 2020 (West Hall, Bathish Auditorium)|
3pm: Opening and welcome Nabil Dajani, Professor of Media Studies, AUB Nadia Cheikh Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, AUB 4pm: Keynote address
“Generators & the Production of Technical Systems" Brian Larkin Barnard College, Columbia University
5.30pm: Welcome reception (Second floor West Hall)
|Friday January 10, 2020 (West Hall, Auditorium A) |
9am – 11am, Panel 1: Visual Culture and War
- “Circulation, Infrastructure, and Concealment: The Multiple Vectors of Media Events" Hatim El-Hibri, George Mason University.
- “Digital Imaginaries: Precarity and the 'Good Life' in the Visual Culture of Tyre " - Reem Joudi, American University of Beirut.
- “Digital Fetishisms of War in Syria and Palestine: A Materialist Critique of the Fiction-Reality Conundrum" – Fabio Cristiano & Donatella Della Ratta, Leiden University & John Cabot University.
- “Humanitarianism and the Life of Cinema Infrastructures" - Viviane Saglier, McGill University.
- “Online Revolutionary Animation of the Arab Uprisings and Its Impact on the Arab Mediascape " – Omar Sayfo, Utrecht University.
11 – 11.30: Coffee break
11.30am – 1.30pm, Panel 2: Surveillance and Counter-Surveillance
- “Infrastructures of Disorientation: Surveillance Technologies and Fiction in Egypt" - Karen Alderfer, Duke University.
- “You are on camera, smile for the police state" - Maya El Helou, University of Toronto.
- “Social media infrastructures in Occupied Palestine" - TBA
- “ 'This Is Lebanon' : Theorizing Pressure in the Lebanese Pressure Group" - Heather Jaber, University of Pennsylvania.
- “Journalism in the Age of WikiLeaks: Contemporary Investigative Reporting in the Middle East" - Amani Ismail, University of Hertfordshire- Egypt.
1.30 – 2.30pm: Lunch
2.30 – 4.15, Panel 3: Sovereignty and the State
- “The Post-2009 Securitization of Online Spaces and Media Content in Iran" - Nahid Siamdoost, Yale University.
- “Vurun Kahpeye (1949) and Turkish Film History" – Baran Germen, Colorado College.
- “Behind the Scene/Seen: Media's Demand of an Anthropological Political Economy" - Mariz Kelada, Brown University.
- “Advertising Infrastructures in the Middle East" - Ilhem Allagui, Northwestern University in Qatar.
- “The Structures of the Kurdish Media System in Northern Syria/Rojava" - Kerem Schanberger, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
11.00-11.30: Coffee Break
11.30 –1.15pm: Panel 6: Material Histories
- “Digital Media as Archival Infrastructures" - Paolo d'Urbano, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.
- “Historicizing Digital Media in the Middle East: Geopolitical Aesthetics of Imperial Infrastructures and Neoliberal Symptoms" - Ozgun Eylul Iscen, Duke University.
- “An Egyptian Enterprise, for Egyptians: The Locality of Egypt's First Arabic Newspapers, 1870-1885" - N.A. Mansour, Princeton University.
- “Radio Yerevan, TRT, and the Sonic Insurgencies of the Early Cold War" - Nicholas Glastonbury, CUNY Graduate Center.
1.30 – 2.30: Lunch
2.30 – 4.30: Closing Roundtable: Media and Lebanon's protests
7:30pm: Closing dinner
(West Hall, Bathish Auditorium)