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Journalism, Activism and Community: The mediation of conflict in the MENA r...
Wed 1 June 2016, 16:00 – 18:00 BST
Dr. Dima Saber (Birmingham City University) - From pan-Arab nationalism to political Islam: a Ricoeurian reading of Al-Jazeera’s coverage of the ‘6th Arab-Israeli war’ in Lebanon
This paper focuses on Al-Jazeera coverage of the July war in Lebanon. It attempts to deconstruct the ‘ideological model of war’ (Carpentier, 2015) as depicted by Al-Jazeera, through its representation of the 2006 conflict between Hezbollah and Israel. When Al-Jazeera framed it as the ‘6th war’, it added Israel’s attack on Lebanon to the series of five episodes of the Arab-Israeli conflict; this war follows the 1948 Palestine War, the Suez War in 1956, the June War of 1967, and the October 1973 War. Stemming from the work of Paul Ricoeur in ‘Time and Narrative’ (1984), this paper suggests a reading of Al-Jazeera’s narrative of the war in three times: the first mediated configurations, the media emplotment and the re-activation by the channel’s audience. While it situates the discourse of Al-Jazeera in relation to the Voice of the Arabs radio, which advocated in the 50ies for a nationalist, resistant and anti-colonial identity, this paper also explores the dual nature of Al-Jazeera between pan-Arabism and political Islam.
Dr. Emma Heywood (Coventry University) - Local Media and the Community in the West Bank
Research conducted in summer 2015 and spring 2016 in the West Bank into the role of local media and their broadcasting of NGO-related material concluded that, of all the media investigated, local radio was widely “used” by the local community and considered by NGOs to be the most useful communication tool in encouraging awareness of, and participation in, community projects. This challenges widespread assumptions about the role of traditional media in the face of social media.
Based on this research, this paper reveals the initial findings of a new British Academy-funded project into the interactions of local radio in NGO activities in conflict-affected areas using the West Bank as a case study.
About the speakers:
Dr. Dima Saber is a Senior Research Fellow at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. Her research focuses on media depictions of conflict in the Arab region. She is also responsible for leading and delivering projects in citizen journalism, particularly exploring the relation between digital media literacy and social impact in post-revolution and in conflict settings such as Egypt and Syria.
Dr Emma Heywood is a lecturer in the School of Humanities at Coventry University. She is currently investigating the interaction of local media, particularly the radio, in the West Bank and NGOs. She has previously researched the state of European reporting of foreign conflict in the post 9/11 and post-Cold war era with a specific focus on the Middle East conflict. News providers from Russia, France and the UK were used for the comparison.