Call for papers: Special Issue NEW MEDIA, PUBLIC OPINION & DEMOCRACY IN THE ARAB & MUSLIM WORLD

Journal of Arab&Muslim Media Research
Deadline for submission of full papers: 15th March 2011

Satellite TV and the internet have transformed the media landscape in the Arab and Muslim world. Although their development is a recent phenomenon, new media have not only opened up new opportunities for journalism but also empowered audiences and civil society organizations with unprecedented platforms for «free» expression and social activism.

The recent social revolution in Tunisia and the current ongoing protests in Egypt are said to be fuelled by social media networks and satellite TV.
The Wikileaks phenomenon is said to have empowered the public with a wealth of secret information previously hardly if not impossible to obtain about governments in the Arab world. New technologies are also said tohave reinvigorated a sense of an ‘Arab transnational public sphere’ and a ‘pan-Arab market’; brought together the concerns of Arab audiences and
united a region geographically vast.
The aim of this special issue of the Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research is to develop and publish a timely collection of papers representing current research in this area. Of particular interest are papers that present empirical findings of fieldwork. Papers welcomed in this special issue include, but are not necessarily confined to the following topics:
– Blogging and bloggers as citizen journalists; are bloggers making a
social difference?
– Social media and the people’s revolution in Tunisia
– Satellite TV and the internet as cites of resistance/alternative media or sets of ‘censored national enclosures’
-E-campaigning and political/social groups in Egypt and other Arab countries
– Wikileaks, political corruption and the right to know
– How are  activists/the youth interacting with platforms like ‘Youtube’, ‘Myspace’, ‘Flicker’, ‘Faithtube’, ‘Facebook’ and ‘Blogging’ to pursue their objectives?
– The internet, development and civil society in the Arab and Muslim world
– Women bloggers and the mediation of women issues
– Youth subcultures and new media
– In the absence of real democracy in some parts of the Arab and Muslim world is new media creating a new form of social/political capital: e-democracy?
– What functions are the internet and satellite TV playing in mobilizing
public opinion?

Submissions:
Manuscripts to be considered for publication should be submitted via e-mail. Each manuscript should be no more than 8500 words in main text and 150 words in abstract. All submissions will be blind-refereed.
Please refer to the Submission Guidelines for the Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research before you formally send your paper. Please make sure that your paper includes the following: Title, name of the author, affiliation, complete contact details, abstract, keywords, author’s bio, main body, bibliography etc. The style referencing must follow the Harvard system all the way through.
Deadline for submission of full papers: 15th March 2011

Please send your completed papers to:
Dr Noureddine Miladi (Editor)
School of Social Sciences, University of Northampton,
Park Campus, Northampton NN2 7AL, UK
E-mail:  noureddine.miladi@northampton.ac.uk
Journal website:
http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-journal,id=148/