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>Propaganda, public opinion and foreign policy¹
>Date:   20th June 2009
>Venue:  Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS),
>         University of London, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG
>         (Nearest Tube Station: Russell Square & Tottenham Court Road)
>This conference gathers academics, journalists, researchers, policy makers
>and civil society groups to discuss the coverage of the war on Gaza by
>various international news media organisations and its implications on
>public opinion and foreign policy.
>Covering the Arab-Israeli conflict remains one of the hot issues on the
>international level. The issue has generated more attention as well as
>complaints about media coverage than conflicts in other parts of the
>world. The region has one of the highest concentrations of journalists in
>the world, reflecting the intense worldwide interest in the conflict.
>There are over 350 foreign news organizations based in Jerusalem alone,
>employing some 800 reporters, cameramen and technicians
>But how have they been covering the on-going war on Palestinians? The
>Israeli government have placed a tight control on information coming out
>of Gaza. Their propaganda machine has been pumping one-sided version to
>news gatherers about the human catastrophe inflicted on the Palestinians.
>In a further attempt to censor journalists who managed to be in the area
>before the invasion, the Israeli army bombarded the media centre which
>hosts various news organizations Gaza.
>Hence this conference aims to unpack the media management of this war by
>the different players. It looks at the stance Western media have taken in
>covering the conflict as compared to the Arab media? Have broadcasters and
>the press learnt the lessons from the Iraq conflict? What alternative the
>internet has been providing with regard to this war? What alternative news
>come from the Palestinian resistance groups in Palestine and beyond about
>what is happening on the ground? How much does the media coverage resonate
>into public opinion formation and, hence help influence policymakers’
>actions and decisions? What should be the role of the media vis-à-vis the
>conflict? And what could be the future prospects of the current situation
>in light of the global media and communication developments?
>Conference themes:
>-       History of the conflict: Palestine the land and the people before and
>after the British Mandate
>-       Zionism, Jewish settlements, the
>emergence of the state of Israel (1948)
>and the roots of the conflict
>-       Mediating the conflict: Western media and public opinion
>-       Arab media and the portrayal of the on-going occupation
>-       Arab VS Western media: are we watching the same war?
>-       Israeli media management, can the
>international pubic opinion be fooled
>in the age of the internet?
>-       Palestinian and Arab Diaspora and the mediation of the conflict?
>-       Blogging, YouTube, social forums, public reported news, what role have
>such platforms been playing?
>-       Resistance/Citizen journalism and the mediation of the Palestinian
>-       Media coverage and policy making in the West: What implications?
>-       Strategies and future prospects for the region
>Call for submissions:
>We encourage scholars, researchers, journalists and civil society groups
>from across the world and with different disciplinary backgrounds to
>participate in this timely and unique conference. Abstracts of no more
>than 500 words should be submitted by the 15 March 2009. Papers should
>reflect one or more of the conference themes mentioned above. Particularly
>welcome are papers based on empirical work and a clear research method
>(s). Deadline for full papers is 15th May 2009.
>Please send all submissions and enquiries to Khalil Agha (Conference
>Coordinator) on: e-mail:; Tel: +44 (0) 78998 78485


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