Media Culture in Balkan and Eurasian Muslim Communities

July 15-16, 2021

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

Workshop Program

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. Presentations will discuss 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. For questions about the Summer Research Laboratory, funding, and information on other workshops, please see the main SRL page located here: 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).