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Media and Transcultural Communication in Islamic and Area Studies

Conference at Freie Universität and Humboldt-Universität on April 8–10

№ 57/2010 from Mar 12, 2010

The Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS) of Freie Universität Berlin will be hosting a conference from April 8 to 10, 2010, on the theme of media and transcultural communication in Islamic studies and area studies. The event will be held jointly with the Institute of Asian and African Studies of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The conference languages are German and English. Attendance at the public event is free of charge; advance registration is requested. BGSMCS is funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments.

Until now, medialization and transcultural communication have not been regarded as particularly important phenomena or analytical key concepts within area studies or Islamic studies. However, new media forms of communication have a growing influence on social relations in Asia, Africa, and in the Arabic-speaking world. Examples of these developments are the global spread of satellite television, the convergence of “old” and “new” media in national media systems, or the new communicative practices in the so-called Web 2.0. Against this background, it seems inevitable that Islamic studies and area studies take up these new fields of research.


  • April 8, 2010, 5:30 p.m., Opening Event, Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren Berlin, Schützenstraße 18, Room 308. This event is being held in cooperation with the Center for Modern Oriental Studies.
  • April 9, 2010, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Weiterbildungszentrum, Freie Universität Berlin, Otto-von-Simson-Str. 13
  • April 10, 2010, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Invalidenstr. 118 (entrance at Schlegelstr. 26), Room 315

Further Information and Registration:

  • Dr. des. Bettina Gräf, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies
    Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-53417

(Registration is possible until March 31, 2010.)