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The Digital Double Bind: Politics, Power and Platforms in the Middle East

Date(s) - 03/21/2024
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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GWU Institute for Middle East Studies


GWU Institute for Middle East Studies

Washington, DC
The digital has emerged as a driving force of change that is reshaping everyday life and affecting nearly every sphere of vital activity. Yet, its impact has been far from uniform. Joe F. Khalil, a visiting scholar at GWU’s IPDGC, explores the intricate relationship between technology and socio-political change in the Middle East. Providing insights into the dynamics of change and stasis, Khalil moves beyond binary formulations to emphasize how the digital reshapes “the political” and, conversely, how politics shapes the region’s digital turn. Introducing the concept of the “digital double bind,” this talk offers insights into the complexities, contradictions, and tensions characterizing the Middle East’s engagement with the digital era. This talk is based on his newly published book The Digital Double Bind (Oxford University Press), co-authored with Mohamed Zayani.

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