Sahar Mohamed Khamis, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communciation at the University of Maryland, answers the McGill Reporter's "Four Burning Questions," ahead of her participation in the Media@McGill conference on The Role of Media in the Arab Spring and its Aftermath: The Special Case of Egypt, on February 6. Khamis, a leading expert on Arab and Muslim media and co-author of the book, Islam Dot Com: Contemporary Islamic Discourses in Cyberspace (2009), discusses how different social media were employed during the Arab Spring, the importance of transnational media outlets in the evolution of a pan-Arabism and pan-Islamism movement, and the leadership roles assumed by young Egyptian women both during and after the 2011 revolution. Click here to read the full article.
Khamis will be delivering a lecture entitled, "Youth and Women's Leadership, Cyberactivism, and the Arab Spring: Prospects for Political and Social Transformation in Contemporary Egypt," as part of the Media@McGill conference. Other participants include Marc Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University, and Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies, and Zeynep Tufekci, Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The conference is free and open to the public, and will be held on Wednesday, February 6, from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Leacock 232, 855 Sherbrooke Street West. Click here for more information on the day's proceedings.