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Issue 32, Summer/Fall  2021 on “Media & Peace”

Arab Media & Society, the biannual journal of the Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo, is seeking submissions for our next issue on “Media & Peace”.

With the ongoing pandemic and geopolitical tensions around various crises eliciting growing concern, this issue we wanted to explore the role of media in facilitating or hampering efforts at establishing peace. From longstanding conflicts like that between Palestine and Israel, or more recent and developing crises like the water conflict between Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, the coverage—or lack thereof—inevitably impacts how events unfold. On the other hand, emerging technologies have created new opportunities that may help inform and overcome longstanding social and political issues. There are no shortage of intra and inter-regional conflicts that are influenced by the media and that require solutions that will include media, communication, and the narratives these structures build—in the present, and as an accumulation of storytelling across generations. Papers may address (but are not limited to) the suggested subtopics below:

  • Media and approaches to peace in regional conflict zones (Yemen, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Western Desert, etc.)
  • Media coverage of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict 
  • Media and historical memory: The influence of narratives around peace and war 
  • Media and the struggle for Mediterranean oil and gas
  • Arab media coverage of US and Western approaches to conflict resolution
  • Media perspectives on American Democratic leadership and prospects for peace in the Middle East 
  • Coverage of water and climate conflicts in the Arab region
  • Comparative perspectives on media and peace
  • Normalization with Israel: Media, communication, social and cultural perspectives
  • Iran’s nuclear program and its regional implications: Narratives and coverage
  • Propaganda and peace 
  • Peace journalism: Academic and training programs in Arab universities and media institutions
  • Communicating catastrophe: How foreign narratives impact peace prospects in the Arab region
  • Religion, media, and peace
  • New media and grassroots movements for peace and social harmony 


While we welcome submissions from diverse disciplines and perspectives, articles should relate in some way to the Arab world and its diaspora, and media or communication technology. Submissions for peer-review consideration should be received by July 15, 2021. All other submissions, including book and conference reviews, shorter research papers, and columns, should be received by August 1, 2021. Submissions should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style and may be up to 10,000 words, including footnotes, and citations (author-date). All submissions should be sent as .doc or .docx files, and should include the author’s name as it will be published, their affiliation, and a brief abstract of no more than 150 words. Send articles and ideas to editor@arabmediasociety.com. For more information on our publishing policies please visit www.arabmediasociety.com/publishing-policies/.