Tarik Sabry invited to speak at NYU

13th September 2017

Tarik Sabry has been invited by NYU along with two other academics to talk to their graduate students about the development of the field of Middle Eastern Media and Cultural Studies. The event will take place in New York on the 15th of September and will also signal the beginning of a book project on Arab Media/Cultural Studies and its Intellectual formations, for which Tarik is involved as co-author.

The study of media and cultural artifacts, products, institutions, and practices in and across the Middle East continues to grow. What used to be a concern primarily within the discipline of media and cultural studies now seems to be shared among various fields. The question remains as to what the field of media and cultural studies offers to the study of the Middle East that remains overlooked by historians, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists and other scholars in and of the region. The reverse is also of concern: what does the Middle East itself bring to media and cultural studies?

Inspired in part by these questions, Professors Kraidy, Sabry, and Tawil-Souri are embarking on a book project that will trace the intellectual roots of what can loosely be called “Arab Media and Cultural Studies.” This genealogy will explore the intellectual, theoretical, methodological influences on this field.  The scholars hope to serve as “bouncing boards” for student thoughts and questions – whether these be methodological issues about your research, theoretical concerns, disciplinary boundaries, or otherwise.

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