The Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar

The #MediaMajlis at Northwestern University in Qatar is the first museum in the Arab world dedicated to exploring media, journalism and communication.

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19/04/2021

Imagine a world without journalism. Without reporters to interrogate the flow of events, and media platforms to spread their stories far and wide. How would this transform your experience of the world?


18/04/2021

The mobile phone has disrupted and transformed all aspects of journalism and broadcasting. Developments in their functionality have been adopted and adapted by journalism professionals to support a growing number of activities worldwide, and have been a constant catalyst for change in all areas of news. Today’s smartphones have more computing capability than NASA did 50 years ago. These capabilities, currently accessible to almost three billion people worldwide, continue to push the boundaries of what journalism is, how it is practiced, and how it is taught.

Timeline Photos 16/04/2021

While we are closed to the public visit our website for extended interviews with leading media experts and creatives, program recordings, articles and more.
mediamajlis.northwestern.edu

While we are closed to the public visit our website for extended interviews with leading media experts and creatives, program recordings, articles and more.
mediamajlis.northwestern.edu


14/04/2021

Today, about 40 per cent of the world’s population also uses social media as a news source. But does this mean we are more informed? There is debate surrounding whether—with the increase in news available—the integrity of sources is decreasing, and consumption is becoming more passive. How can we make better use of new technology to expand our ability to understand fact from fiction, wisdom from spin?

Timeline Photos 13/04/2021

Journalism is the production of factual accounts and explanations of current or recent events. It can be traced back many centuries, to a time before it became an industry and profession. Originally journalism existed in the form of pamphlets and broadsheets, public announcements and word-of-mouth reports. Those who produced this content would not have identified as journalists. Their aim was simply to make money, argue politics, provide a community service, or promote their faith. What do you think? How does news come into being?

Journalism is the production of factual accounts and explanations of current or recent events. It can be traced back many centuries, to a time before it became an industry and profession. Originally journalism existed in the form of pamphlets and broadsheets, public announcements and word-of-mouth reports. Those who produced this content would not have identified as journalists. Their aim was simply to make money, argue politics, provide a community service, or promote their faith. What do you think? How does news come into being?

Timeline Photos 12/04/2021

"Syria is different. The government learned from the experience of Sri Lanka, where in 2009 the regime banned journalists and aid workers so it could impose a military solution to the long war with the Tamil Tigers in the north of the country with no regard for civilian life. Syria gives visas to a select few and monitors their movements. Recently it has tried to make visiting journalists sign a form that includes the following statement: “The Ministry of Information has the right to take legal action against me if lies were published or if I have contributed to instigating or provoking sectarian strife, and has the right to prosecute me in my country or where I live.”"

🖼 Syrian refugees hiding from Turkish border guards near Afrin, northern Syria, June 2015. Illustration from Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple’s 'Brothers of the Gun'.

Read the full article by Lindsey Hilsum on the Explore Content section of our website. Link in bio. First published April 19, 2018, issue of The New York Review of Books (vol.65, #7).

"Syria is different. The government learned from the experience of Sri Lanka, where in 2009 the regime banned journalists and aid workers so it could impose a military solution to the long war with the Tamil Tigers in the north of the country with no regard for civilian life. Syria gives visas to a select few and monitors their movements. Recently it has tried to make visiting journalists sign a form that includes the following statement: “The Ministry of Information has the right to take legal action against me if lies were published or if I have contributed to instigating or provoking sectarian strife, and has the right to prosecute me in my country or where I live.”"

🖼 Syrian refugees hiding from Turkish border guards near Afrin, northern Syria, June 2015. Illustration from Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple’s 'Brothers of the Gun'.

Read the full article by Lindsey Hilsum on the Explore Content section of our website. Link in bio. First published April 19, 2018, issue of The New York Review of Books (vol.65, #7).

Timeline Photos 11/04/2021

Journalism exists in the context of its audience, and if journalists (and those who care about journalism) are to understand and navigate the changing environment around news, it is critically important that they have access to relevant, robust and independent evidence with critical analysis on how people across countries engage with and use news.

Visit our website (link in bio) to explore content about this subject and more.

Due to current Ministry of Public Health guidance, our physical museum space remains closed.

Journalism exists in the context of its audience, and if journalists (and those who care about journalism) are to understand and navigate the changing environment around news, it is critically important that they have access to relevant, robust and independent evidence with critical analysis on how people across countries engage with and use news.

Visit our website (link in bio) to explore content about this subject and more.

Due to current Ministry of Public Health guidance, our physical museum space remains closed.

Timeline Photos 10/04/2021

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar the museum is currently closed.
Visit our website for updates, and extended exhibition content and program recordings.
mediamajlis.northwestern.edu

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar the museum is currently closed.
Visit our website for updates, and extended exhibition content and program recordings.
mediamajlis.northwestern.edu

Timeline Photos 09/04/2021

Now available on the Explore Content section of our website, the full recording of our March 9 program 'Covering Dissent', featuring curator René de Guzman in conversation with producer Suhad Babaa, curator Catherine Morris and journalist Ramzy Baroud.
mediamajlis.northwestern.edu

Now available on the Explore Content section of our website, the full recording of our March 9 program 'Covering Dissent', featuring curator René de Guzman in conversation with producer Suhad Babaa, curator Catherine Morris and journalist Ramzy Baroud.
mediamajlis.northwestern.edu

Timeline Photos 08/04/2021

Now available online our second article on exhibition evaluation, 'Developing an evaluation methodology for The Media Majlis' by Jo Hargreaves of MHM. Find this article and more about what the museum's work on our Majlis 360 page.
mediamajlis.northwestern.edu

Now available online our second article on exhibition evaluation, 'Developing an evaluation methodology for The Media Majlis' by Jo Hargreaves of MHM. Find this article and more about what the museum's work on our Majlis 360 page.
mediamajlis.northwestern.edu

Timeline Photos 06/04/2021

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar the museum is currently closed.
Visit our website for updates, and extended exhibition content and program recordings.
mediamajlis.northwestern.edu

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Qatar the museum is currently closed.
Visit our website for updates, and extended exhibition content and program recordings.
mediamajlis.northwestern.edu

Timeline Photos 05/04/2021

In compliance with the Qatar Ministry of Education and Higher Education move to all-remote learning the museum will be closed to the public from Sunday April 4.
You can discover more of our exhibition content, program recordings and articles on our website, mediamajlis.northwestern.edu
Questions: email us at [email protected]

In compliance with the Qatar Ministry of Education and Higher Education move to all-remote learning the museum will be closed to the public from Sunday April 4.
You can discover more of our exhibition content, program recordings and articles on our website, mediamajlis.northwestern.edu
Questions: email us at [email protected]

Timeline Photos 04/04/2021

In compliance with the Qatar Ministry of Education and Higher Education move to all-remote learning the museum will be closed to the public from Sunday April 4.
You can discover more of our exhibition content, program recordings and articles on our website: mediamajlis.northwestern.edu
Questions: email us at [email protected]

In compliance with the Qatar Ministry of Education and Higher Education move to all-remote learning the museum will be closed to the public from Sunday April 4.
You can discover more of our exhibition content, program recordings and articles on our website: mediamajlis.northwestern.edu
Questions: email us at [email protected]

29/03/2021

Yesterday we de-installed our POP exhibition from the ground floor of Northwestern building. If you are interested in hearing about the creatives who were part of #visionaries2vloggers and #powerofprotest visit the #mediamajlis website.


26/03/2021

Last month we had our first POP program, The Politics of Listening. Here @lawrenceabuhamdan explains how he became a forensic listener. Find the full recording on the #mediamajlis website. #powerofprotest

25/03/2021

Viral campaigns use simple imagery that can be clearly understood, and sparing use of words for emphasis. Artist Khalid Al Baih created the pictured artwork in support of the #justicefornoura hashtag in 2018. The movement sought to spread awareness about Noura's story outside of Sudan, and to incite change by overturning her wrongful conviction. Artwork reproduced courtesy of the artist @khalidalbaih #powerofprotest


24/03/2021

Back in October 2019, The Media Majlis held the first poster-making workshop with Leila Abdelrazaq @lalalaleilala

Stay tuned for more on videos on poster-making from the March 2021 workshop, part of @NUQatar Go Wild Week! #powerofprotest


22/03/2021

#powerofprotest our pop-up exhibition of #visonaries2vloggers will be open to the public for one more week from today, and then its gone. Check the #mediamajlis website for opening hours.


21/03/2021

Can art really influence social change? Hear Leila Abdelrazaq shares her thoughts. #powerofprotest Find her full interview on the #mediamajlis website.


18/03/2021

What does ‘propaganda’ mean to you? Is it a useful term, if one person’s propaganda is another’s activism? The term suggests that media transmits messages from the top-down, and does not consider the many symbols and codes circulated in a society and how their meaning may change over time. #visionaries2vloggers featured solidarity posters by groups such as Organization of Solidarity of the People of Asia, Africa & Latin America (OSPAAL), and posters from the Palestinian Poster archive. #powerofprotest

ماذا يعني مصطلح "الدعاية السياسية"؟ تُرى هل يكون المصطلح مفيداً، فيما لو كانت الدعاية السياسية التي تروّج لشخصٍ ما، تُقابَل بنشاط مناوئ من أشخاص آخرين؟ يشير المصطلح إلى أن الإعلام ينقل الرسائل بدءاً من رأس الهرم نزولاً إلى القاعدة، متجاهلاً العديد من الرموز والاصطلاحات المتداولة في المجتمع وتغيّر معناها بمرور الوقت. قدَّم معرض #من حالمين إلى مدوّني فيديو ملصقات عن التضامن من تنفيذ مجموعات مثل منظمة تضامن شعوب آسيا وأفريقيا وأميركا اللاتينية (OSPAAL) وأخرى من أرشيف الملصقات الفلسطينية. #قوة الاحتجاج

17/03/2021

#power of protest has exhibited 2 posters from anonymous collective The Syrian People Know Their Way who have been active since 2011. Between 2011-2014, this collective of activists shared throughout Syria and gradually shifted to sharing their artwork via digital networks. Collectives such as The Creative Memory have also been active in Syria, digitally archiving and cataloguing imagery of revolutionary street art that was systematically removed. Image Pictured, 'Truce, 3 of 1'. Reproduced courtesy of Syrian People Know Their Way.
قدَّم معرض # قوة الاحتجاج ملصقين من مجموعة "الشعب السوري عارف طريقه" التي بدأت نشاطها عام 2011. بين عاميّ 2011-2014، انتشرت أعمال نشطاء هذه المجموعة في جميع أنحاء سوريا، لكنها تحولت تدريجياً إلى مشاركة عامة عبر الشبكات الرقمية. كما نشطت مجموعات مثل "ذاكرة إبداعية للثورة السورية" في سوريا، حيث قامت بأرشفة وفهرسة صور فن الشارع خلال الثورة، والتي كان يتم حذفها بشكل ممنهج.

16/03/2021

The Online Dialogues are a series of 10 risograph printed posters by Aala Sharfi representing an archive of the Sudanese revolution. As part of #powerofprotest we exhibited 2 posters which highlighted the hashtag #tasquatbaes (pictured) and the role of Sudanese women in the revolution. Reproduced courtesy of the artist.

"حوارات على الإنترنت" هي سلسلة مؤلفة من 10 ملصقات مطبوعة بتقنية الريسوغراف من تنفيذ آلاء شرفي. توثّق السلسلة أرشيف الثورة السودانية. على هامش معرض #قوة الاحتجاج، تم عرض ملصقين يسلطان الضوء على هاشتاغ #tasquatbaes (صور) ودور المرأة السودانية في الثورة.

15/03/2021

#powerofprotest has exhibited 4 posters from the @ganzeer Ganzeer Trouble Trunk series, part of Northwestern University Library’s Africana collection. These posters remember the faces of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, and what was sacrificed. The text reads ‘of course the military protected the revolution.’ Reproduced courtesy of the artist.

قدَّم معرض #قوة الاحتجاج 4 ملصقات من سلسلة جنزير التي تحمل اسم Trouble Trunk، وهي جزء من مجموعة أفريكانا بمكتبة جامعة نورثويسترن. توثّق الملصقات وجوهاً من الثورة المصرية التي اندلعت عام 2011 والتضحيات التي بُذلت فيها. يقول نص الملصق: "الجيش حمى الثورة طبعاً".

14/03/2021

If you have visited #powerofprotest, you may have seen the poster display and had questions about the artists. This week, we will be sharing a deep dive on the artists and collectives who contributed to the poster display featured in #visionaries2vloggers and #powerofprotest. Pictured: Ganzeer, Aala Sharfi, Syrian People Know Their Way, Maha Essid, Safin Hassin, Elissa Mefleh.

إن كنت من بين زوار معرض #قوة الاحتجاج، فربما تكون قد شاهدت معرض الملصقات، وربما خطرت لك بعض الأسئلة حول الفنانين الذين أبدعوها. سنقوم هذا الأسبوع بالتعريف عن الفنانين والمجموعات المشاركة في هذا المعرض مع إعطاء لمحة تفصيلية عنهم وعن
أعمالهم في #من حالمين إلى مدوّني فيديو و#قوة الاحتجاج.
جنزير ، آلاء شرفي ، الشعب السوري عارف طارق.، مها الصيد ، سفين حسين ، إليسا مفلح.

13/03/2021

'Breaking News? how the smartphone changed journalism' is accompanied by a full-color publication, available at the Northwestern University in Qatar Bookstore and online, in Arabic and English.
Museum exhibitions open Saturday 10am–5pm and Sunday–Wednesday 12:30–5pm.

12/03/2021

Did you know, Doria Shafik was one of the first pioneering female journalists from the Arab World who made a global impact?
She came to the end of her formal education in Egypt were women could not study past high school. She had an issue with being Middle Class, and not elitist enough for the women’s organizations in Egypt at the time. Doria Shafik wrote a letter to Huda Sha'rawi to continue her education. Discover Doria Shafik and other visionaries in our animations created with @cognitivemedia

11/03/2021

Print media was a tool to both present and challenge social and political narratives. In the 1870s Egypt’s Abou Naddara became the first Arabic-language satirical journal, founded by Jacob Sanua. Influenced by the use of satire and humor in Arabic theatre, visual devices such as caricatures and cartoons allowed for printed communication beyond words and was used to provide critique of local politics and leaders, becoming a new form of protest and debate. Discover visionaries like Jacob Sanua in the animations created with @cognitivemedia on our website.

10/03/2021

'People of the Cave' or the seven sleepers of Ephesus, is a story that often sees a revival in times of revolution, when society calls for an awakening. Egyptian playwright Tawfik Al Hakim famously re-imagined the story as theatre in 1935. Read Anna Della Subin's chapter 'Dissent in the Cave', part of the #visionaries2vloggers publication, available in the @nuqatar bookstore and online.

09/03/2021

Tonight, in our final program for POP we host a discussion moderated by René de Guzman with panelists Ramzy Baroud, Catherine Morris and Suhad Babaa exploring dissent in the likes of museums, films and news articles. Tickets: *http://ow.ly/v5nZ50DIKTI* #powerofprotest #mediarevolutions


08/03/2021

Happy international women's day! Hear Ghada Alatrash's poetry from the full A Call to Action program on the #mediamajlis website, part of last year's #visionaries2vloggers exhibition. #powerofprotest #soundtracksofdissent


08/03/2021

Freedom of expression is at risk without free press and a plurality of voices being represented. Dissent can sometimes be as simple as challenging the status quo, and countering the dominant narrative. Caricature can combine impactful visual cues, theatrical devices, social critique and captions for maximum impact. Visionaries such as Parviz Khatibi (Iran), Khalil Bendlib (Algeria) and Khalid Al Baih (Sudan), have used caricature to depict the issues of the day in print and online.

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