Kraidy Wins 2017 Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award for The Naked Blogger of Cairo

This is the second time Kraidy has won the Hart Award.

By Ashton Yount

Marwan M. Kraidy, the Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics, and Culture at the Annenberg School, is the 2017 winner of the Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award for The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World (Harvard University Press, 2016). The award will be officially presented next month at the annual conference of the National Communication Association (NCA), held this year in Dallas, Texas.

The Hart Award, given by the Political Communication Division of the NCA, has been presented annually since 2007 for a book published within the previous two years. Kraidy is the first scholar to win the Hart Award twice; he was also the 2011 recipient for his book Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Released in paperback earlier this year, The Naked Blogger of Cairo examines the use of the human body in rebellion and uncovers the creative insurgency at the heart of the Arab uprisings. Kraidy argues that, while technology publicizes defiance, the body remains the vital nexus of physical struggle and digital communication.

The Hart Award is the fourth award for The Naked Blogger of Cairo. The book previously won the 2017 Outstanding Book Award from the International Communication Association (ICA) and the 2017 Best Book Award from ICA’s Division of Global Communication and Social Change. It was also a 2016 Times Higher Education Book of the Year.

Kraidy’s research for The Naked Blogger of Cairo was funded by the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences and Humanities (NIAS), the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

A scholar of global communication and an authority on Arab media, politics and culture, Kraidy studies the relationship between culture and geopolitics, theories of identity and modernity, and global media systems and industries. He is also the director of the Annenberg School’s Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC), now in its fifth operational year and official inaugural year.

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