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Perceptions through various forms of media
This concept is nothing new – whether it be the supporting character in a film, or the hero of a novel, finding Muslim characters who aren’t the subject of an FBI investigation or a tyrant is a stretch. Therefore, finding characters who are, at first glance, something beyond a Muslim, is a challenge. However, it is only through these types of portrayals, where religion is a point rather than the focus, that perceptions can truly be challenged and, hopefully, changed.
In the same way everyday interaction allows us to confront and diminish the ‘Us vs Them’ mentality that different people might harbour, Muslims in print and other forms of media are crucial to understanding that, despite differences, we are in essence all the same. This talk will consider some recent examples of characters who “happen to be Muslim”, even when Islam is a large component of the story
Amal Awad was tired of seeing books that explored the lives of Arab women from a western perspective. She set out to interview women of Arab heritage from both the Middle East and in Australia, as a Palestinian-Australian woman herself. Amal Awad talks about the fascination with Arab women and their lives; the misconceptions that […]
In a swiftly changing media atmosphere, what does it mean to be a journalist today? What opportunities are available to writers? This workshop gives practical tips to writers and journalists on how to find and hone areas of specialty and how to pitch to editors. It also explores composition of stories and a variety of […]
Understanding how the media works is important, not only for the younger generations who are growing up in a media-saturated world, but also corporations and community groups that may find themselves grappling with the media spotlight at times. This workshop offers insight into how the media operates, what they’re looking for in stories and why, […]
For many of us, creativity is seen as a luxury pursuit. We see it as a talent we either possess or lack, and don’t give it much time if we feel it’s the latter. Yet, for most of us, our creative pursuits are embedded in our childhoods. This workshop asks participants to go back to […]