SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

Katharina Schmoll

BA (Germany) MA (SOAS)
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Katharina Schmoll
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Thesis title:
Envisioning a future: Women, media, and socio-political change in contemporary Morocco
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This research explores attitudes towards media and socio-political change among female members of Morocco’s ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD). Weaving together narratives about Morocco’s past, present and imagined future, this study examines both how recent changes have influenced personal and professional everydays in a modern, urban, middle-class Moroccan setting and how further development is envisioned. A particular focus of this study is the possible role of media and education to bring about this change according to the views of the women themselves. It will also explore in how far the latter’s family and gender ideals influence and explain their visions of and attitudes towards change. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork in Morocco, this research aims to gain fresh perspectives on how media, women, and society in the MENA may be analysed and understood beyond empowerment, voice and self-expression.


  • LSE Media and Communications PhD Symposium (2016): Everyday Politics and Media & Communications - New approaches for theories and methods in the 21st Century. Paper given on: “Gender and the 'Justice and Development Party' (PJD) in Morocco: Perspectives on Voice and Empowerment in a moderate Islamist context.


  • Centre for Global Media and Communications
  • Centre for Gender Studies
  • London Middle East Institute (LMEI)
  • British Moroccan Society
  • The Muslim Institute



MENA; Arab & Muslim public spheres; media, education & social change, voice & representation; gender & empowerment; non-Western modernities; Islam in Europe; diasporic connectivity