Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

International Conference



Medialitaet Startseite New Media Configuration



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DFG research network „Medialisation and social change outside Europe: South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Arab-speaking region“


Nadja-Christina Schneider
(Cross-section for mediality and intermediality in Asian and African societies)


Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Room 315


November 28-30, 2013

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Thu, 28 Nov


  • 15:30-16:00pm

Conference registration


  • 16:00-17:30pm

Panel I: Research, Media Art and Documentary Filmmaking

Moderation: Jamila Adeli (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)


Vasanthi Mariadass (Srishti College of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, India)

Archival Practice by Harun Farocki:  Effects and Affects


Sophie Ernst (Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands)

An intellectual history of the power point presentation: How a ‘new media’ machine was adapted and integrated into the art of projection; a case study of Japan and the Netherlands


Ulrike Mothes (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany)

Self-reflexive documentary films in India


  • 18:00-19:30pm

Keynote lecture

Maitrayee Chaudhuri (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)

Media and Gender in India: What is Old? What is New?

Moderation: Nadja-Christina Schneider


  • 20:00pm

Documentary Film Screening

Ulrike Mothes (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany)

Women’s Police Station (2013)



Fri, 29 Nov


  • 8.30-9:00am

Conference registration


  • 9:00-11.00am

Panel II: The political economy of media: Politics, Ownership and Technologies

Moderation: Carola Richter (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany) & Bettina Gräf (Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin, Germany)


Melanie Radue (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)

Myanmar’s Bumpy Road to Media Freedom


Nadia Leihs (Universität Erfurt, Germany)

Persisting Powers, Fragmentation and Trust. Transforming the Egyptian Media System


Omair Anas (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)

Arab media after Arab Spring: A Study of Al-Jazeera’s Audiences


  • 11:30-13:00pm

Keynote lecture

Ziad Fahmy (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA)

Media-Capitalism: A Historical Perspective on Media and Society in Early Twentieth Century Egypt

Commentary: Bettina Gräf (Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin, Germany)


  • 14:00-15:30pm

Panel III: Changing Media and Religious Renegotiations

Moderation: Jens Kutscher (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)


Comments: Patrick Eisenlohr (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany)


Input Statements:

Wai Weng Hew (Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin, Germany)

Dakwah 2.0: Digital Dakwah and Its Implications in Indonesia and Malaysia


Jeanine Dagyeli (Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Germany)

Pious Admonitions - Middle Eastern Islamist Videos and their Pathways to Central Asia


Xenia Zeiler (Universität Bremen, Germany)

Renegotiating Hinduism via Digital Media: Indian Digital Games provoking Global Debates on ‚Being Hindu’


  • 16:00-17:00pm

Poster Session

Eva Eichenauer (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)

Language, mass media and democracy: A Malaysian case study


Shameem Mahmud (Universität Hamburg, Germany)

From digital divide to digital culture - emergence of online public spheres in Bangladesh


Qurratulain Zaman (Deutsche Welle Academy, Bonn, Germany)

The influence of twitter on political mobilization of youth: A case study of Pakistan


Max Kramer (Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Germany)

Representation of Kashmiri identities in digital films


  • 17:00-18:00pm

Lecture & Afternoon Tea

Marwan M. Kraidy (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Plato’s Digital Cave? The Arab Uprisings as Battles of Representation



Sat, 30 Nov


  • 10:00-12:00am

Panel IV: Media Changing Identities: Focus on Gender

Moderation: Fritzi-Marie Titzmann (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)


Dredge Kang (Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA)

Idols of Development: The Queer Convergence of New Media and Korean Dance Performance in Thailand


Xenia Gleissner (University of Exeter, London, UK)

Women as Representations of Class and Modernity: Gendered Public Visibility on National TV in the United Arab Emirates


Jesna Jayachandran (Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India)

Debating rape in India: Readers’ comments in the online public sphere


  • 13:00-15:00pm

Panel V: What is new about new media? Converging Media - Changing Practices


Moderation and Input Statement: Marcus Michaelsen (Universität Erfurt, Germany)


Sarah McKeever (King’s College, London, UK)

Mobile violence: Communalism in India and ICT Intervention


Arnika Fuhrmann (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA)

“Shallow News in Depth”: An Internet Television Intervention in Thailand


Dina Abou Zeid (Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt)

Egyptian Comics on Facebook as a New Type of Citizen Media and Political Activism


Fritzi-Marie Titzmann (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Media mobility and convergence within India’s matrimonial market


  • 16:00-17:00pm

Concluding remarks and discussion

Johanna Buß (Universität Wien, Austria)

Carola Richter (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)

Nadja-Christina Schneider (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)