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[Commlist] IJoC Publishes a Special Section on 'Mediating Islamic State'

Fri Mar 13 20:48:40 GMT 2020

International Journal of Communication
Publishes a Special Section on
“Mediating Islamic State”
How does the group that calls itself “Islamic State” communicate? How has Islamic State been understood and contested?

This Special Section on Mediating Islamic State gathers emergent scholarly
voices, many deploying humanistic inquiry, to probe a phenomenon that has
predominantly been the province of social scientists, in order to explore
and understand the players, patterns, and practices that have mediated
Islamic State: the communicative ways in which the group has been studied,
reported on, visualized, narrated, mocked, spoofed, and resisted. We use
“mediation” rather than “media” to shift public discourse on Islamic
State beyond the focus on technology that has characterized research on
media and sociopolitical change generally, and Islamic State communication
in particular. Mediation connotes a broad approach to media, which includes
words, images, bodies, platforms, and the expressive capacities and
meaning-making practices that communicators generate when they deploy these

Originally presented at the Third Biennial Symposium of the Center for
Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) at the Annenberg School
for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, contributions tackle popular
culture as a dynamic context for meaning creation, within a framework of
media and culture as formative of identity and community, and not merely as
conveyors of ideas, images, and information. Grounded in CARGC’s mission
to advance a global media studies that fuses multidisciplinary regional
knowledge with theory and methodology in the humanities and social sciences,
we hope this special section continues spurring critical conversations that
promise a new understanding of the transnational nexus of communication,
identity, and violence. Together, these articles suggest imaginative avenues
to understand phenomena like Islamic State beyond the narrow lens of what
communication scholars would call administrative research within a national
security paradigm.

We invite you to read this new Special Section of 10 articles in the
International Journal of Communication  that published March 8, 2020. Please
go to to read these article!

Mediating Islamic State − Introduction Marwan M. Kraidy, Marina R. Krikorian

The Islamic State: Politics by Other Means            Yara M. Damaj

Toward a Protostate Media System: The Role of ISIS’s Content Kareem El Damanhoury
           Islamic State War Documentaries             Nathaniel Greenberg

Iconic Socioclasm: Idol-Breaking and the Dawn of a New Social Order Christoph Günther Theologians, Poets, and Lone Wolves: Mapping Medium-Specific Epistemologies
of Radicalization             Brian T. Hughes
The Geopolitics of Television Drama and the War on Terror: Gharabeeb Soud
Against Islamic State             Heather Jaber, Marwan M. Kraidy

Collaborative Media Practices and Interconnected Digital Strategies of
Islamic State (IS) and Pro-IS Supporter Networks on Telegram Michael Krona

Islamic State and Game of Thrones: The Global Among Tradition, Identity, and
the Politics of Spectacle                     Bashir Saade

Islamic State and Women: A Biopolitical Analysis Mohammed Salih, Marwan M. Kraidy

Larry Gross                                                        Editor
 Arlene Luck
Managing Editor         Marwan M. Kraidy, Marina R. Krikorian
Guest Editors
International Journal of Communication (IJoC)
USC Annenberg Press
University of Southern California
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