Media Culture in Balkan and Eurasian Muslim Communities

Summer 2021

Co-moderators: Laura Olson Osterman (University of Colorado Boulder) and Wendell Schwab (Penn State University)

This workshop will explore recent changes in media, media literacy, communications, and publishing in contemporary Muslim communities across the East European and Eurasian region, and how these changes affect sociopolitical trends, personal beliefs and identities. We invite presentations on how media influences people and events, shapes ideology and behavior, instigates or quells political action, sustains diasporas of ethnicity and belief, propagates flows of knowledge, and contributes to the construction and mobilization of identity within these communities. We interpret “media” broadly to include news media, social media, internet media, cinema, and print media. The workshop will include presentations by participants, discussions of recent scholarship, and bibliographical presentations by Slavic Reference Service staff.

This workshop is a part of this year’s Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We welcome proposals from individuals working in various disciplines, including but not limited to: anthropology, area studies, cultural studies, journalism, international relations, media studies, political science, sociology, and cinema studies. To apply for the workshop, submit an application to join the SRL through the website indicated below. A box on this form will allow you to indicate your interest in one or more of our workshops (including this one). In your research proposal, please describe how your interests relate to the workshop and what sort of work you would like to share with the group. In order to receive a research stipend and travel assistance, you must attend the SRL for at least five days. For questions about the Summer Research Laboratory, funding, and information on other workshops, please see the main SRL page located here: https://reeec.illinois.edu/programming-and-events/summer-research-laboratory/

This workshop is made possible by funding from the Department of State’s Program for the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII).