Mohamed Zayani’s ‘Networked Publics and Digital Contention’ Earns ICA Best Book Award

thumb_dsc01831_1024SFS-Q Professor Mohamed Zayani has been awarded the 2016 “Global Communication and Social Change Best Book Award” from the International Communication Association (ICA). Zayani’s Book is titled Networked Publics and Digital Contention (Oxford University Press, 2015), and is part of the Oxford Studies in Digital Politics Series.

Dr. Zayani received his award at the 66th Annual ICA Conference, which was held this year in Fukuoka, Japan. The conference’s theme is “communicating with power.” The ICA, which is associated with the United Nations, has more than 4,500 members in 80 countries.

Based on extensive fieldwork and in-depth interviews, the book looks at how the Internet has redefined politics within authoritarian contexts. It explores how popular everyday forms of politics that are woven into new information and communication practices have enabled networked Arab publics to negotiate agency, reconfigure political action, and reimagine citizenship.

Dr. Zayani is Professor of Critical Theory and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar and Director of the Media and Politics Program. He is also an Affiliate Faculty with the Georgetown Communication, Culture and Technology Graduate Program (CCT) and co-director of the CCT Summer Institute on Media, Technology and Digital Culture in the Middle East.

Networked Publics and Digital Contention is the first of three book projects Professor Zayani is undertaking. His new book Bullets and Bulletins: Mediaand Politics in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings (with Suzi Mirgani) has just been released by Oxford University Press, in collaboration with the Georgetown University Center for International and Regional Studies. Currently, he is completing a new collaborative book project titled The Digital Middle East.