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[Commlist] International Journal of Communication Publishes a Special Section on Image Activism After the Arab Uprisings

Wed Sep 23 10:16:03 GMT 2020

International Journal of Communication Publishes a Special Section on Image
Activism After the Arab Uprisings

A decade after the outbreak of the Arab uprisings, what remains of the
political promise of “cameras everywhere” to permit activists and
protesters in the region revived forms of agency, self-expression and

Guest-edited by Kari Andén-Papadopoulos, this Special Section on Image
Activism After the Arab Uprisings aims to provide a better understanding of
what the opportunities and constraints are for practices of grassroots
digital image activism within emergent political and media landscapes in the
Arab world.

The authors present critical case studies from Syria, Egypt and Palestine
that track the current conditions of possibility for Arab digital image
activism to actualize counter-dominant practices of capturing, mobilizing
and archiving visual documentation of people’s struggles for justice in
the region. Where traditional media studies tend to focus on activist and
citizen image making as content rather than as embodied and embedded
practices, these articles bring into critical view a range of concrete,
contextual and innovative repertoires of activist video and photography
practices in the wake of the Arab uprisings. The authors’ analyses
specifically call attention to the decisive struggle between resistance and
control, between efforts to maintain the radical potential of grassroots
forms and practices image-making in the region and the renewed hegemonic
threats and pressures of co-optation, commodification, and censorship.

Together, the contributions to this Special Section suggest inventive
avenues to understand the political possibilities of camera-mediated Arab
activism beyond the reductive lens of “citizen journalism” or the
neoliberal rhetoric of “empowerment” in which Arab eyewitness
image-makers are viewed as select representatives of a victim community who
can transmit their distant suffering to a Western humanitarian gaze.

We invite you to read these articles that published in the International
Journal of Communication on September 21, 2020. Please log into to
the papers of interest.  We look forward to your feedback!

Producing Image Activism After the Arab Uprisings ‒ Introduction
Kari Andén-Papadopoulos

Refiguring the Aerial in Human Rights Activism: The Case of the
Palestinian-Bedouin Village of al-Araqib

Hagit Keysar, Debby Farber

Challenges in Codifying Events Within Large and Diverse Data Sets of Human
Rights Documentation: Memory, Intent, and Bias

Jeff Deutch

The “Image-as-Forensic-Evidence” Economy in the Post-2011 Syrian
Conflict:The Power and Constraints of Contemporary Practices of Video

Kari Andén-Papadopoulos

The Augmented Archive: History in Real Time. An Archaeology of Images of the
Egyptian Revolution

Kaya Behkalam, Knut Ebeling

Larry Gross                                                        Editor

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Guest Editor
Kari Andén-Papadopoulos

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