Mediatized Diaspora – Contentious Politics among Arab Media Users in Europe

Since the Arab Spring in 2011, Arab countries have been plagued by ongoing wars and conflicts, as well as increased control and restriction of political activism and the media. As a result, several local activists and regime critical media have left the Arab countries and are now in diaspora. This project explores and discusses the impact of mediatization on transnational political mobilization among such new diasporic communities in Europe.

The project consists of four sub-projects studying and comparing the use and users of Syrian, Tunisian, Egyptian and Bahraini media. These different mediatized diasporas are investigated by identifying the relations between political action formation in its various forms and media use in a transnational social sphere. Taking a point of departure from user practices, the analytical and theoretical perspectives are qualitative and interdisciplinary. The aim is to understand how multi-modal media use by Arab diasporas, eased by the access to different media platforms, stimulates or confines particular and context-sensitive political action formation across national borders.







Myria Georgiou Department of Media and Communications, LSE
Tourya Guaaybess Department of Information and Communication Sciences, University of Lorraine
Kai Hafez Department of Media and Communication, University of Erfurt
Annette Hill Department of Communication and Media, Lund University
Stig Hjarvard Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen
Abdulhadi Khalaf Department of Sociology, Lund University
Carola Richter Department of Political and Social Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin
Naomi Sakr Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster
Christa Salamandra Lehman College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York
Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen
Mikkel Fugl Eskjær Department of Commmunication, Aalborg University







Internal researchers

Name Title Phone E-mail
Ehab Galal Associate Professor Emeritus +4551300712 E-mail

External researchers

Thomas Fibiger, Associate professor, Aarhus Universitet

Other staff

Julie Gede Petersen, research assistant
Andreas Nabil Younan, research assistant
Wafae Hussain, research assistant
Essam An-Neseri, research assistant
Safaa Abdul Halim, research assistant
Lilli Dalila Barucic, student assistant
Gihan Koftan, student intern
Hinde Hadj Abderrahmane, student intern


Independent Research Fund Denmark

Project period: 1 November 2018 - 31 May 2025


Ehab Galal

Associate Professor

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