Joint MeCoDEM/AGYA conference on media and the public sphere in Egypt (Berlin, Dec 8-10)

The Working Group “Transformation” of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) and MeCoDEM will hold a conference themed “Dynamics of Change: Media and the Public Sphere in Egypt” in Berlin from Dec 8-10, 2016.

As part of the regional dynamics evolving since 2011 Egypt witnessed a temporal opening that was followed by a relapse into autocratic settings. In this context, the media are important spaces for participation and negotiation of civil society and can provide the ground for reconciliation.

The conference offers the opportunity and space for actors from academia, media, civil society, and politics to discuss relevant issues to the media in times of transformation and conflict. Among them are MeCoDEM scholars Gamal Soltan and Yosra Gendi who will give an introduction to media in Egypt, Judith Lohner who will talk about roles, challenges and constraints in conflict journalism as well as Barbara Thomass who will give an overview of public media in a European perspective.

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The conference takes place at the Institute for Media and Communciation Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and is kindly supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Another cooperation partner is the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).

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