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The media plays a crucial role in framing and communicating transitional politics. The ways in which these movements are framed and communicated have a considerable influence on their development and sometimes their outcomes. In transitional politics, political actors rely heavily on media, new and old, to gain influence. However, scholarly and policy research on the Arab uprisings in North Africa has neglected the institutional media’s role in framing these movements and their impact on shaping the dynamics and sometimes the outcomes of transition processes. This takes place as over-optimism regarding the impact of activism on powering change is being challenged by authoritarian regimes’ attempts to reclaim the digital space.
We aim to bring together scholarly expertise from different disciplines and parts of the world to reflect on the main dynamics and limitations of democratic transitions in the region with specific focus on the role of the media in shaping these processes. By so doing, we hope we will give voice to scholars from the region and we are particularly interested in submissions from them.
Manuscript submissions for this special issue are due on 31 July 2020. Manuscripts should follow the IJPP submission guidelines. Submissions will be subject to a double-blind peer review process and must not have been published, accepted for publication, or under consideration for publication elsewhere.
- The inner dynamics of transitional movements in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) and their interplay with structures and agents’ choices;
- The role of street protests and new forms of political mobilization from below: past, present and future;
- The influence of media practices on power relations in transitional contexts;
- Antagonistic pluralism and its implications for fragile processes of political change;
- Political representation in media: balance, bias and subjectivity;
- Journalistic agency in supporting forces of change or structures of conformity;
- Dilemmas and challenges that impact journalists’ practices and the definition of professionalism in uncertain times;
- The complex and hybrid new media ecology and its impact on framing and communicating transitional conflicts;
- Disruptive political performance in the context of democratic transitions in the region and their media representation;
- Media policy and its impact on shaping journalistic practices and identities;
- The challenges of conducting research on these topics in MENA, including access to data and ethical obligations towards research participants and environments.
Please note that, to ensure consistency, submissions will only be considered for peer review after the 31 July 2020 deadline has passed.
Communicating transitional conflicts takes place in a multi-layered complex media ecology where the binaries of old and new media are no longer relevant. In addition to the important processes of framing and agenda setting, the direct and indirect alliances between media and the institutions of power are crucial, as alliances contribute to shaping both media narratives and political processes in complex inter-dependent dynamics. This special issue will shed light on the role of institutional media in its independence with agents and dynamics in the wider political and societal system under uncertainty.
Guest editors: Jonathan Hill ([email protected]), The Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, King’s College London; Fatima el Issawi ([email protected]), University of Essex
Beyond dichotomies of old and new, online and offline, liberal and authoritarian, diversity, interdependency and uncertainty define the emergent hybrid media and political systems across the region in this tumultuous phase of their history. While media hybridity is fuelling political hybridity, it is also increasing uncertainty. The relationship between various societal agents is governed by interdependence rather than dependence or independence, as demonstrated by the trajectories of these movements so far. This interconnectedness is an opportunity for creativity, including for dissenting agency, mainly through its ability to expand pluralism and to challenge restrictive mainstream media and political structures. These dynamics are empowering dissenting agency, not only in digital media but also in traditional newsrooms where a continuous struggle between journalistic roles and identities is taking place.
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