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Ehab Galal

Ehab Galal

Associate Professor

Current research

In my current research I explore media strategies of Islamist political parties. Main focus is on Egypt with the overall objective of studying political and cultural changes after the Arab Spring.

Teaching

I teach in Danish, English and Arabic.

  • Media in the Middle East
  • Media and ethnic conflicts
  • Popular culture in the Arab world
  • Social and digital media
  • Middle Eastern cinema and its history
  • Diaspora media
  • Minorities in the Arab world
  • Arab culture and society
  • Religious identity and transformation

Primary fields of research

My research springs from an area studies tradition. However, I have made a virtue of approaching research questions from a cross-disciplinary perspective inspired by media as well as ethnographic, cultural and religious studies. The focus within my research as yet has been the mediation of cultural, religious, political and transnational identities, discourses and publics by transnational Arab TV. More particularly, I have explored new, primarily transnational Islamic orientated programming with an analytical focus on religious subjectification in an intersectional perspective. Key concepts are media as symbolic resources and as space for identity struggle and negotiation. Financed by the Danish Council for Independent Research, my latest project focused on audience responses to religion in transnational Arab TV (cf. Arab TV Audiences, Peter Lang 2014). Key concepts are transnational Muslim communities, belonging and identity.  

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