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[ecrea] Arab Media Researchers- Doctoral Forum in Media & Communication- Tunis
Sat Nov 17 18:31:42 GMT 2018
*The Arab Media and Communication Network (AMCN)*
*University of Manouba / The Institute of Journalism and Communication
*Arab Doctoral Forum in Media and Communication Sciences.*
*Tunis: 2-4 January 2019*
*_Call for Participation _**__*
In an attempt to establish a network of researchers and exchange
knowledge and expertise in media and communication across the Arab world
and beyond, the Arab Media and Communication Network (AMCN) along with
the Institute of Journalism and Communication Sciences (IPSI) in Tunisia
will be organising the first doctoral forum in Arab media and
communication research between 2-4 January 2019.
This event aims at providing a common ground for research and academic
exchange between doctoral students and established academics in the
field from Arab and western universities. This occasion will provide a
platform for researchers to discuss their works with peers and senior
This symposium takes place at a time when Arab countries are undergoing
geo-political transformations starting from the end of the cold war era,
the explosion of satellite technologies and the internet. Then the 11
September 2001 attacks and the invasion of Iraq (2003) which culminated
with the Arab Spring revolutions and its aftermath. All of these
transformations have affected the relationship between the public and
the rulers as well as the media organisations.
Most of the social and political changes in the Arab world have been
challenging to assess. This is partly due to the lack of strategic
thinking by think-tanks and extensive relevant research works. Also it
is because of the unhealthy relationship between the state and the media
in the Arab world in which the media are in many cases employed as
propaganda tools coupled with censorship of free speech.
This has impacted negatively on the relationship between academic
institutions and the study of the media and has widened the knowledge
gap in this area. To the extent that academic research has become unable
to catch up with the speedy technological developments especially in
satellite TV, internet and social media and public relations in various
institutions. Most of the knowledge production in this area are
newspaper articles and reports mainly speculative and far from being
scientifically grounded in comprehensive empirical studies.
*Why this Forum?*
The Arab Spring came to proclaim the demise of the post-independence
state, which has always provided security and publicity in the making of
public opinion rather than the freedom of citizens to form a private
opinion through follow-up without coercion of the media. Everyone seem
unable to understand, study and interpret what is happening.
Few blamed technology for driving this change. While others went to
accuse journalists, as irresponsible and manipulativeof free speech. The
journalism schools, colleges and faculty members who teach their
students media techniques and freedom of the press are also blamed for
the lack of responsibility and for their patriotism.
The fingerprints of the state that did not know the way to adapt to the
new political and media environments and became locked in the mechanisms
of the media in the post-independence state in particular. Others saw in
the public opinion a new accuser who believes everything that is
published, which begins the blocking in the name of avoiding exposing
public opinion to deception. It is an explicit call for guardianship of
what people think. While others suggested introducing education on the
media to a people who did not understand what pluralism was and did not
live the experience of democracy. The result then is an unprecedented
state of confusion, everyone accuses everyone and no one knows how
freedom of expression and freedom of the media can become a gateway to
development, modernization and democracy. In the absence of the latter,
there was a lack of opportunities for development and civilizational
progress. Simply put, in order for the media to play an effective role,
the relationship between the media in a society undergoing profound
transformations away from any political or ideological engagement must
In the context of this thesis, and to search for a solution, few turned
to the hypothesis of scientific research and to study the complex
relationship between the media and society, which requires scientific
explanation, not resort to conspiracy theories.
*Objectives of the Forum:*
In this context, the first Arab forum for doctoral students in media and
communication sciences is an opportunity to engage Arab researchers into
this growing field of research and to provide an opportunity for their
interaction with their colleagues directly and with those who are more
experienced in academia. This forum is also an opportunity to introduce
doctoral students to the prevailing research trends as well as emerging
Arab and international ones. The objectives of this event can be
summarised in the following themes:
- Developing scientific exchange among Arab researchers in the field of
information and communication sciences.
- Reducing research gaps between those working in the field of
information and communication sciences in different Arab countries.
- Unveil emerging research themes in the information and communication
sciences, both Arab and international, by presenting the research
problems that the doctoral students are working on.
- Develop intersections of various research approaches, especially those
related to emerging issues in the Arab media environment after the Arab
*How to participate:*
PhD students in the field of media and communication sciences in the
Arab world or students in the same specialization in other international
universities may submit a proposal to present the doctoral project they
are working on and their progress in taking up the various
methodological, epistemological, theoretical and bibliographic issues of
the subject. Proposals should include the following:
- First page should include a title not exceeding 25 words, then the
name of the researcher and the institutional affiliation and e-mail address.
- Summary of the research of no more than 1000 words which includes
references and sources and a presentation of the problem, i.e. the
theoretical framework and the research questions, then the methodology
adopted and finally the stages of development of the research and the
presentation of the preliminary results, if any.
- All proposals will be refereed. The evaluation criteria will be as
1 - Importance of the subject of the doctoral thesis.
2- Research problem and questions.
3 - Clarity of the methodology followed and compatibility with the
hypothesis of research.
4. Quality of the proposal.
B- Participation is not limited to the submission of doctoral projects,
but doctoral students can participate in seminars and workshops and
attend presentations to discuss the projects of their colleagues.
*Programme themes :*
The event’s programme will include the following sessions:
-Presentations by doctoral students whose proposals are accepted by the
- Discussions on the current doctoral research in the Arab world:
reality and prospects.
- Workshops in research methodology and preparation of doctoral
- Talks on the problems of intellectual and epistemological challenges
in media and communication sciences today.
- Doctoral projects submitted to the conference committee are accepted
in Arabic, French and English.
- The methodology workshops should be offered in Arabic, French and
English, with at least 10 students enrolled.
2. Participation fees of US $50 (or equivalent in Tunisian Dinars)
should be paid in cash at the registration desk on the day.
- A certificate of participation will be issued for all participants of
- Organizers are not responsible for hotel accommodation and travel
- Organizers will propose a preferred hotel for accommodation at reduced
rates in the center of Tunis. Participants will have to make their own
*_Important dates :_*
-Deadline for abstracts submission: November 30, 2018.
-Confirmation of abstracts acceptance: December 5, 2018.
-Hotel booking: From 1^st to 15^th of December 2018.
ØPlease Submit your abstract to: *(Forumarabesic /at/ gmail.com)*
<mailto:(Forumarabesic /at/ gmail.com)>
ØFor any information, please call Ms *Elhem jouini* on *0021628542650
**or Mr. Chokri Ben Younes*on *0021628760074*
*_Scientific Committee :_*
·Pr. Mohamed Hamdane
·Pr. Larbi Choukha
·Pr. Abdelkrim Hizaoui
·Pr. Saloua Charfi
·Pr. Jamel Zran
·Pr. Noureddine Miladi
·Dr. Moez Ben Messaoud
·Dr. Hamida Elbour
*_Organisation Committee :_*
·Dr. Ourida Boussada
·Dr. Sofiene Ammar
·Dr Mongi Mabrouki
·Dr. Amine Ben Messaoud
·Dr. Mohamed Ali Elhaou
·Dr. Chahira Ben Abdallah
·Dr. Hanen Melliti
·Dr. Soumeya Berrejeb
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