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55735-01 - Arbeitsgemeinschaft: Value and Status Negotiation: Understanding Media in the Middle East and North Africa 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Ali Sonay (ali.sonay@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt In this workshop, students will engage with understandings of the media in the Middle East from the perspective of the role media plays in society, and the position it commands in relation to power. This reconceives the study of media as a political project on grounds that the media reflects the society that produces it and operates as a socially symbolic resource. In contrast to universalist benchmarks for media legitimacy based on ‘good’ journalism as institutionalised in Article 19 of the Declaration of Human Rights, the media’s legitimacy, and position, is understood as contingent on how effectively it represents the values of society itself. However, as the culturally specific canopy of social norms, beliefs, traditions and practices is always unstable, and in the Middle East, frequently employed as political capital for ideological purpose, the media must continuously negotiate in a process that depends on those in power to adjudge its status. Values and Status Negotiation is therefore a framework for understanding the media from the inside, and in terms of their own environments.
In today’s increasingly polarised political atmosphere, scholarly interrogation of the media’s rights and appropriate roles in social context is increasingly relevant, and we seek applicants whose work sets out to discover how these are understood, rationalized, exercised, negotiated and found appropriate and useful within different social milieux. Those interested in the practices and power of media across platforms, within both the private and public spheres, who seek fresh approaches to the media’s engagement with audience norms and historical experiences from perspectives that arise from within the Middle East, are particularly encourage to apply.
Lernziele Related questions and issues this workshop will explore include:

1. The definition of free-expression, and how this is interpreted within confessional societies and communication hierarchies.
2. The symbolic resources of media in negotiating national identity, social norms, and political interests.
3. The role and position of Islamic media in today’s Middle East – including Islamic programming within mainstream cross-national media: what values are they negotiating, and how is this impacting their status?
4. The rise of women in mediating information, and consuming media across platforms.
5. How media is conceptualised: is it a pastoral instrument for audience development, or fact-based tool for information dissemination? How does this relate to historical practice? Does this have implications in regards to its values negotiation and its status?
6. What role do outside media play in regional/national media’s positioning, credibility and competition for audience time?
7. How has media’s role changed since the Arab Uprisings in regards to content, control and reception, and the norms it negotiates?


Unterrichtssprache Deutsch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall Block
Datum 18.10.2019 – 19.10.2019
Zeit Siehe Detailangaben
Datum Zeit Raum
Freitag 18.10.2019 14.00-19.00 Uhr Maiengasse, Seminarraum 0105
Samstag 19.10.2019 09.00-18.00 Uhr Maiengasse, Seminarraum 0105
Module Doktorat Near & Middle Eastern Studies: Empfehlungen (Promotionsfach Near & Middle Eastern Studies)
Modul: Themen der Near & Middle Eastern Studies (Master Studienfach Near & Middle Eastern Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Nahost-Studien