Symposium: “e-Arabic and Cyberspace: the Marginalized Voices”

 Sponsored by the British Academy and in association with the American University of Sharjah, UAE; Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW); School of Modern Language and Cultures and the  School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University, 10th and 11th June 2010

The recent proliferation of media platforms in the Arab World has provided an extraordinary number of perspectives from which to analyse civil society and its development. Hot on the heels of the ‘Al Jazeera revolution’, cyberspace is now viewed as having quickly overtaken satellite television in terms of its capacity to house and engender the discussion and expression of ideas and opinions that would not normally find their way to the public arena.  These ‘marginalized’ groups with their diverse claims based on recognition are the focus of this symposium.  Examples of these groups include, women, ethnic/religious minorities (e.g., Kurds, Berbers, Armenians, Shiites in Sunni-majority societies, Copts, Druze, Jews in Arab countries), LGBT, the socio-economically disadvantaged, to mention a few.

 Read more here: http://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/mlac/arabic/cfpworkshop.pdf

contact:  Dr. Anissa Daoudi (Anissa.Daoudi@durham.ac.uk) Deadline for the submission of abstracts is: 30th April 2010.

 This is not a symposium to miss if you want to know the current trends in use of Arabic!

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