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Posted On: 22 January 2023 10:18 pm
Updated On: 22 January 2023 10:28 pm

Grant of $350,000 awarded to Northwestern University Qatar to develop Arab Information and Media Studies project

Fareeha Imtiaz
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Grant 350 000 dollars awarded northwestern university qatar develop arab information media studies project

The Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded Northwestern University in Qatar a USD 350,000 grant to expand the field of Arab Information and Media Studies (AIMS) over the next two years.

Directed by Marwan M. Kraidy, dean and CEO of Northwestern Qatar, the Arab Information and Media Studies (AIMS) project will expand the field of critical media and information studies in the Arab region and transform it into a more interdisciplinary, multilingual, collaborative, research-oriented, and policy-relevant field through the Institute for Advanced Study in the Global South at Northwestern University in Qatar.

The AIMS project will connect Arabophone, Anglophone, and Francophone Arab media scholarly communities through networking, translation of scholarly works, publications, and multilingual events. The project will also integrate the study of media and information in the Arab world into transnational networks of ideas and knowledge-based in the Global South.

The grant will also support a collaborative research initiative between AIMS and the Security in Context network titled Global South Insecurity in an era of Great Power Competition. Researchers from around the world will join scholars at Northwestern Qatar to examine the contours of the emerging world order in the Arab world and other regions of the Global South. This research initiative will be led by Sami Hermez, who serves as coordinator of the Qatar hub of the Critical Security Studies network.

In highlighting the impact of AIMS, Kraidy said it would increase research capacity in information and media studies in the Arab region, deepening bonds between regional universities and research institutes while broadening their global connections.

"Across the numerous academic departments of journalism and media in the Arab world, the field of information and media studies is ripe for development," noted Kraidy.

The Arab Information and Media Studies (AIMS) project is one of many scholarly initiatives aimed to support knowledge production in the region by the Institute for Advanced Study in the Global South at Northwestern University in Qatar, which produces and promotes evidence-based storytelling focused on the histories, cultures, societies, and media of the Global South.

Source & cover image credit: QNA