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Arab Media Centre (University of Westminster)

National Network: 
United Kingdom
Address: 
Watford Road
Northwick Park
Harrow
HA1 3TP
المملكة المتحدة
Telephone: 
+44 (0)2079115000 ext 68279 (Tarik Sabry)
Telephone (other): 
+44 (0)2083577555 (Naomi Sakr)
E-Mail (2): 
Organisation Type: 
Public Institution
Year of Establishment: 
2006
General Information: 

The Arab Media Centre runs alongside other specialist centres within the University of Westminster's Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI). It has a core team of four (soon to be five) academic staff who organise events and maintain links with an international network of researchers in Arab media and culture. Scholars from overseas universities visit the centre while working on research projects. The University of Westminster and Research Councils (UK) cover the cost of input by the Arab Media Centre team (ie. research and administration). ESRC and HEIF funding has part-financed international workshops on various aspects of Arab media and culture.

Mission and Objectives: 

The Arab Media Centre exists to conduct, promote and disseminate high quality, up-to-date research on Arab media and culture. Much of this research is either directly policy-oriented or has implications for Arab and European policy. The Centre provides a base for postgraduate and post-doctoral research and a forum for cross-border and inter-institutional exchange between media researchers and media practitioners. It does so by organising lecture series and seminars as well as international workshops and conferences. These events (and related publications) also serve to disseminate research findings and stimulate new work.

Main Projects / Activities: 

The Arab Media Centre grew out of a series of six international ESRC-funded seminars hosted by CAMRI in 2003-05. Entitled 'Towards an Arab Public Sphere? The Impact of New Media Technologies on Public Life in the Arab World', the series resulted in publication of Arab Media and Political Renewal (London 2007). The Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) contributed to two conferences on Arab media and culture in September 2007 and June 2008. The Centre held a workshop on methodological challenges of researching Arab media and culture in December 2006 and launched a public lecture series in 2007.