Uprisings spread like wildfire across the Arab world from 2010 to 2012, fueled by a desire for popular sovereignty. Investigating what drives people to risk everything to express themselves in rebellious art, The Naked Blogger of Cairo uncovers the creative insurgency at the heart of the Arab uprisings. While commentators have stressed the role of social media, Marwan M. Kraidy shows that the essential medium of political expression was not texting or Twitter, but something more fundamental: the human body. Here, Kraidy discusses the themes in his book, available from Harvard University Press on May 9, 2016.
Global and Comparative Communication Videos
Erik Nisbet, Associate Professor at The Ohio State University, examines key points of CGCS’s Internet Policy Observatory-funded research into citizen attitudes towards internet freedom in Russia, Turkey, and Pakistan, and discusses the implications of public opinion patterns surrounding internet censorship.
Networked Publics and Digital Contention: The Politics of Everyday Life in Tunisia
Based on his new book Networked Publics and Digital Contention: The Politics of Everyday Life, scholar Mohamed Zayani offers a conceptual investigation and a grounded exploration of evolving media practices that bring into focus the intricate relationship between digital culture, youth engagement, cyber activism, and political expression.
October 1, 2015: Arjun Appadurai, the Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, delivered the 2015 PARGC Distinguished Lecture in Global Communication, "The Academic Digital Divide and Uneven Global Development."
October 23, 2014: PARGC Postdoctoral Fellow Maria Repnikova presented a colloquium titled “Jazz Band Authoritarianism: Critical Journalists and the State in China.” This talk examined limited political openings in the media in authoritarian contexts through the case study of China. Repnikova presented the key findings from her book project on the relations between China’s critical journalists and the party-state in the past decade under the Hu-Wen leadership, drawing some contrasts with state-media relations in contemporary Russia, and theorizing about governance under authoritarian rule more broadly.