CARGC 2018 Symposium

Mediating Islamic State
05 Apr 2018 - 3:30pm to 06 Apr 2018 - 5:30pm
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University of Pennsylvania
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About the Symposium

How does the group that calls itself “Islamic State” communicate? How has Islamic State been understood and contested? The Third Biennial CARGC Symposium seeks 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 socio-political change generally, and Islamic State communication in particular. Rather, we seek to understand the historical, ideological, technological, and cultural complexity of Islamic State, meshing translocal struggles with global geopolitics. 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 media. 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, the symposium spurs a critical conversation that promises a new understanding of the transnational nexus of communication, identity and violence.

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Illustration by Surian Soosay, some rights reserved.

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