Past Features

May 4, 2009 (Vol. 9, No. 8)

Professor Wins Fellowship for Her Research on Syrian TV

Christa Salamandra
Professor Christa Salamandra
Lehman Anthropology Professor Christa Salamandra has been awarded the American Council of Learned Societies/NEH/SSRC International Area Studies Fellowship, which will enable her to complete a book on Syrian television drama production.

The book will examine the processes of regionalization, liberalization, and Islamization through the cultural politics of Arab television drama.

"Series produced in Syria reach vast audiences via satellite stations owned by wealthy, religiously conservative Gulf Cooperation Council states and citizens," says Professor Salamandra. "The demise of secular socialism, the perceived failures of nationalism, and the rise of Islamism affect both production and consumption of television programs."

The fellowship is designed to assist scholars in any humanities discipline with the completion of a major scholarly work. Professor Salamandra is an expert on Arab media, Syria, Lebanon, urban anthropology, and popular culture.