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Cfp EASA 2012: Living uncertainty: navigating gray-zones of unreliable realities in the Middle East

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Dear all, sorry for cross-posting but there was a problem with Carl Rommel's
last email.


Dear All,



Here is a call for paper for a workshop we are convening at the EASA
conference in July 2012, which might interest some of you.



http://www.nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2012/panels.php5?PanelID=1177



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Call for papers - EASA 2012 - Paris (Nanterre University), 10/07/2012
– 13/07/2012

WORKSHOP TITLE: "Living uncertainty: navigating gray-zones of unreliable
realities in the Middle East"



CONVENORS:

Karin Ahlberg (School of Oriental and African Studies)

Annika Rabo (University of Stockholm)

Carl Rommel (School of Oriental and African Studies)



SHORT ABSTRACT:

Ruled by unpredictable, oppressive regimes for decades, people in the Middle
East often lack reliable sources of information. This workshop explores how
people in the region navigate discursive gray-zones, constituting everyday
realities, and what sort of subjectivities such conditions craft.



LONG ABSTRACT:

The role of social media during the 'Arab Spring' and the increased
availability of 'free' information in media landscapes previously dominated
by 'state propaganda' and (more or less formal) censorship has been a
contested topic in recent months. Taking a different approach, this workshop
questions the applicability of concepts such as truth, information, rumour,
propaganda, lie or conspiracy in the Middle Eastern context. Ruled by
unpredictable, oppressive regimes for decades, people in the region are used
to a lack of reliable sources of information, to an extent where they
arguably know that no news and no information can be fully trusted. Everyday
media environments are in other words 'gray-zones' of partial, yet certainly
differently trustworthy information. To coin social media as a liberating
factor, is hence arguably slightly off the mark. Rather, Twitter and
Facebook have added another set of unreliable and contradicting voices to an
already uncertain debate.



This workshop aims to explore how people in past and present Middle Eastern
societies 'live uncertainty', and navigate and understand realities that are
always pre-assumed to be encircled with doubt. Inviting for contemporary as
well as historical perspectives, the workshop explicitly wants to shed light
on how old and new circulations of oppression and (dis)information are
embedded in institutions, governments and the daily life of ordinary people.
Furthermore, we ask how these gray-zone realities have shaped and continue
to shape subjectivities and attitudes, as people live their lives in milieus
where distinctions between known/unknown and allowed/prohibited are muddled
and indeed arbitrary.



DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: 28th of NOVEMBER. You can access the workshop
through the EASA online platform:

http://www.nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2012/panels.php5?PanelID=1177



Any questions you might have about this workshop should be directed to the
convenors:

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Information on how to submit an abstract can be found here:

 http://www.easaonline.org/conferences/easa2012/callforpapers.htm

Submission is only possible through the EASA 2012 online interface

Paper title should be shorter that 300 characters and abstracts less than
250 words




All the best/Vänligen
Karin Ahlberg

PhD Candidate in Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies

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