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Rethinking Virtual World and Cyber-circulation in the Middle East and Beyond

Added by admin on 2010-01-31

Conference Dates:

Start Date Start Date: 2010-11-17
Last Date Last Day: 2010-11-21
Deadline for abstracts/proposals Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 2010-03-01

Conference Contact Info:

Contact Person Contact Person: El-Sayed el-Aswad
Email Email: elsayedelaswad@gmail.com
Address Address: NA, New Orleans, LA, United States

Conference Description:

Rethinking Virtual World and Cyber-circulation in the Middle East and Beyond

Invited Session/Middle East Section/American Anthropological Association (AAA) New Orleans, LA. November 17-21, 2010

The literature dealing with changes in traditional communications caused by the rapid use of cyber-circulation or e-communication in the Middle East is scant. Different forms of cyber-circulation, including Internet, SMS (Short Message Services), e-mail, and face book as used in institutional and socio-cultural contexts are discussed. Cultural relativity is the key not only to understand the various ways of information circulation and communication but also to comprehend peoplesí views of the cyber-circulation, online communication or Internet. The claim that the shift from oral to literary/print forms of communication is equivalent to the change from traditional to modern culture undermines the complexity and dynamism of the responses of traditional cultures to globalization and electronic communication. For example, both Arabic and English languages are used in the cyber-circulation in the Middle East. Even Arabic language is used differently based on various colloquial dialects. There is not one type of circulation and communication, but many existing on a continuum, rather than in a bipolar opposition between what is traditional and what is modern. To what extent have electronic connections and cyberspace experiences been viewed by traditional societies as being real or virtual? To what extent have cyber-circulation and other forms of virtual technology transformed peoplesí worldviews including images of themselves, of avatars, and of others? Please note that the deadline is March 1st.

Please, see http://www.aaanet.org/profdev/coop.cfm (Please, I need to know if you would like to participate one week before the deadline). Please submit paper abstracts to elsayedelaswad@gmail.com
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