Welcome to the CGMC blog

By Dina Matar|April 29, 2019|Latest news|

Centre for Global Media and Communication, sitting in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, welcomes you to engage you in critical debates about the contemporary moment, which is increasingly defined by crises, conflict, divisions, populism, confusion, panic, mistrust in political institutions and, importantly, a breakdown of communication in a digitally connected global world. In this blog, we at CGMC – staff, students and friends – will talk about what we do

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Is Clubhouse the latest new media technology for change in the Middle East?

By Dina Matar|April 15, 2021|Digital cultures, Uncategorized|0 comments

Dina Matar, Chair, Centre for Global Media and Communication The story of the popularity of the audio chatroom app. Clubhouse, in the Middle East seems to follow a well-trodden route – the platform is launched in the region and elsewhere; the app is quickly taken up by users eager to talk about anything- from what to wear in Zoom calls to discussions of taboo topics, such as honour killings in

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Media MA student reflects on media spectacle and crisis

By Dina Matar|March 21, 2021|Media spectacle and crisis|0 comments

BY Cassia McAreavey, MA Global Media and Communication In this era of rapid technological advancement, critical commentaries from as little as five years ago quickly lose relevance. It’s not surprising, we are in a period of constant updates. But Susan Sontag’s “The Imagination of Disaster” (1965) is among the few exceptions. While written over fifty years ago, it is one work that has but gained in significance and applicability in

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MA |Media student discusses Palestinian LGBTQ Al-Qaws decolonisation practices throughout the pandemic

By Dina Matar|March 19, 2021|Uncategorized|0 comments

By Deirbhile Ní Bhranáin, MA Media in Development Centre for Global Media and Communication Seven years ago, almost to the day, Palestinian grassroots activist Haneen Maikey spoke in London about the organisation of which she was the director, Al-Qaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity. Al-Qaws, which in Arabic means ‘rainbow,’ was established independently in 2007 and works to provide services and support for LGBTQ+ Palestinians. As stated on their website,

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How “post-truth” has failed us, book review

By Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad|February 7, 2021|Uncategorized|0 comments

How “post-truth” has failed us Book Review: Post Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back (Matthew D’Ancona 2017) “Post-truth” has become the zeitgeist-y catchphrase since Donald Trump’s election coincided with the UK’s vote to leave the EU. Matthew D’Ancona argues that 2016 launched the ‘post-truth era’: emotion is now valued over reason and facts are no longer central to politics. Despite only referencing the US and

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Biden needs to start by addressing US failures in Afghanistan

By Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad|January 24, 2021|Latest news|0 comments

Dr Massoumeh Torfeh, Research Associate at CGMC, analyses one of the key challenges that Biden faces in global politics in a new piece written for TRT News linked here. Image credit: “Vice President Joe Biden visit to Israel March 2016” by U.S. Embassy Jerusalem is licensed under CC BY 2.0  

The Netflix Effect?

By Dina Matar|December 10, 2020|Digital cultures|0 comments

Big Tech are now the most powerful publishers of our time, and Netflix should be viewed with the same skepticism as Facebook and Google. By Nadine Sayegh, MA Media and the Middle East (2015-16), Centre for Global Media and Communication With the giant firm Netflix making an informal call for content in the Arab world and wider region, it is an opportune moment to address the social, cultural and political

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