SOAS University of London

Centre for Media Studies, School of Arts

Dina Matar

BSc (Jordan); MSc, PhD (London)
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Dina Matar: Centre for Media and Film Studies
School of Arts

Senior Lecturer in Arab Media and Political Communication

Centre for Gender Studies

Member, Centre for Gender Studies

Centre for Media Studies

Associate Head of Department

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS)

Advisory Committee Member

Dr Dina Matar
Email address:
0207 898 4696
0207 898 4699
SOAS University of London
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Dina Matar has an MSc in Comparative Politics (LSE) and a PhD in Media and Communications (LSE). She mainly works on political communication in the Arab world, but also on cultural politics, memory studies, oral history, diasporas and transcultures, gender and grassroots movements. She is co-founder and co-editor of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication and worked as a journalist before turning to academia. I am interested in the relationship between politics, culture and communication in the Arab world, especially in discourses of power and resistance. I am also interested in processes of empowerment and democratization, particularly as experienced by emerging communities and forces in the Arab world,Islamist politics; Arab cultural studies; memory and oral history, diasporas and social movements.

I am co-editor of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. The Journal provides a trans-cultural and cross-disciplinary space for critical engagement with the Middle East.

For further information visit or access the content of the first issue here.


Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Aida Al Kaisy, A comparative study of the production practices of the mass media of a country in conflict, Iraq.
  • Dina Matar,
  • Duncan Harte, Shanghai Escapade: Cinema, Anticipation and the Touristic City
  • Jack Joy, The Spectacle of Resistance: Repertoires of Power in the Discourse of Hizbullah [working title]
  • Jenn Durrett, Palestinian Filmmaking - Palestinian film production as coping, agency, and voice
  • Kajalie Shehreen Islam, Working Title: The use of religion-based rhetoric in anti-liberation discourse during Bangladesh's independence movement
  • Katharina Schmoll,
  • Loreley Hahn-Herrera,
  • Mohamed Taha, Political Communication of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: Analysis of practices before and during Morsi’s presidency (2012 - 2013)
  • Rounwah Adly Riyadh Bseiso, From the State to the Streets of Cairo: Understandings of Art in the Aftermath of the Egyptian Uprising
  • Seyed Ali Alavi, Iranian-Palestinian Relations and the broader Middle East Politics.
  • Thembi Mutch, Women in Zanzibar, their discussions around Media and Modernity
  • Valeria Dessi, Wiring presence: women's rights and digital narratives among young women activists in Egypt (2005-present)
  • Zeina Shanaah, Creative techniques in Palestinian film and video as modes of dissent (tentative)
Previous PhD Students
  • Paolo D'Urbano, 'Ikhwan Web: Digital Activism and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood'
  • Ghazal Seif, 'Counter-Authoritarian Discourses in Egyptian Blogs'


I am interested in supervising students researching the relationship between communication, culture and politics in the Middle East, as well as elsewhere. I am particularly interested in research projects critically interrogating new and old media, digital narratives, artistic practices, activism, social movements, Islamist movements, women, identities, memory and nationalism in the Arab world.


Middle East, especially the Arab world; international political communication; Arab cultural politics; Arab cultural studies; memory studies and oral history; Islamist  movements; social movements and media; diasporas; ethnic minorities; transnational movements and communications.


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Available for
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  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Near and Middle East
Country Expertise


Authored Books

Matar, Dina and Khatib, Lina and Alshaer, Atef (2014) The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication. London, New York: Hurst and Oxford University Press.

Matar, Dina (2010) What it means to be Palestinian: Stories of Palestinian peoplehood. London: I B Taruris.

Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Matar, Dina and Tawil-Souri, Helga, eds. (2016) Gaza as Metaphor. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming)

Matar, Dina and Harb, Zahera, eds. (2013) Narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image and Communications Practices in Lebanon and Palestine. London: I B Tauris.

Book Chapters

Matar, Dina (2017) 'First Framing and News: Lessons from Reporting Jordan in Crises.' In: Harb, Zahera, (ed.), Reporting the Middle East: The Practices of News in the Twenty-First Century. London: I. B. Tauris, pp. 33-49. (Lib of Modern Middle East Studies)

Matar, Dina (2016) 'Narratives and the Syrian Uprising: The Role of Stories in Political Activism and Identity Struggles.' In: Zayani, Mohamed and Merghani, Suzi , (eds.), Bullets and Bulletins: Media and Politics in the Wake of the Arab uprisings. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 89-107.

Matar, Dina (2016) 'Gaza: Image Normalization.' In: Tawil-Souri, Helga and Matar, Dina, (eds.), Gaza as Metaphor. London; New York: Hurst; Oxford University Press, pp. 173-187.

Alshaer, Atef (2016) 'In the Company of Frantz Fanon: The Israeli Wars and the National Culture of Gaza.' In: Souri, Helga Tawil and Matar, Dina, (eds.), Gaza as Metaphor. London: Hurst;, pp. 141-157.

Matar, Dina (2016) 'Reporting Jordan.' In: Harb, Zahera, (ed.), Reporting the Middle East. London: I.B. Tauris. (Forthcoming)

Matar, Dina (2014) 'A Critical Perspective on Aesthetics and Politics in the Digital Age.' In: Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Critical Practice in the Middle East and North Africa. London:. London: I. B. Tauris.

Matar, Dina (2014) 'Hassan Nasrallah: the central actor in Hizbullah's Political Communication Strategies.' In: The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication. Oxford: Hurst & Co.; Oxford University Press, pp. 153-180.

Matar, Dina (2012) 'Comparative Media Research in the Middle East.' In: Volkmer, Ingrid, (ed.), The Handbook of Global Media Research. London: Wiley Blackwell.

Matar, Dina (2012) 'Foreword.' In: Valassopoulos, Anastasia, (ed.), Arab Cultural Studies: History, Politics and the Popular. London: Routledge.

Matar, Dina (2011) 'Rethinking the Arab State and Culture.' In: Sabry, Tarik, (ed.), Towards an Arab Cultural Studies. London: I. B. Tauris.

Matar, Dina (2009) 'Performance, Language and Power: Nassrallah’s Mediated Charisma.' In: Bassiouney, Reem, (ed.), Arabic and the Media: Linguistic Analyses and Applications. Leiden: Brill, pp. 141-159.

Matar, Dina (2007) 'News Stories and Disaporic Discourses of Identification: the Palestinians in Britain.' In: Asharzadeh, Alireza et al., (ed.), Diasporic ruptures: globality, migrancy and expressions of identity. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, pp. 155-170.

Matar, Dina (2007) 'Palestinians, News and the Diasporic Condition.' In: Sakr, Naomi, (ed.), Arab Media and Political Renewal: Community, Legitimacy and Public Life. London: I B Tauris, pp. 118-135.

Matar, Dina (2007) 'What it Means to be Palestinian: News and the Diasporic Condition.' In: Sakr, Naomi, (ed.), Arab Media and Political Renewal. London: I B Tauris.


Matar, Dina (2015) 'Hassan Nasrallah: The cultivation of image and language in the making of a charismatic leader.' Culture, Communication & Critique, 8 (3). pp. 433-447.

Matar, Dina (2012) 'Contextualising the Media and the Uprisings: A return to History.' Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 5 (1). pp. 75-79.

Matar, Dina (2008) 'The Power of Conviction: Nassrallah’s Rhetoric and Mediated Charisma in the context of the 2006 July War.' Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 1 (2). pp. 122-137.

Matar, Dina (2008) 'Editorial: Communicating Politics in Culture.' Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 1 (2). pp. 97-101.

Matar, Dina (2007) 'Heya Television: A feminist counterpublic for Arab women?' Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 27 (3). pp. 513-525.

Matar, Dina (2007) 'The Palestinians in Britain, News and the Politics of Recognition.' International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 2 (3). pp. 317-330.

Matar, Dina (2006) 'Diverse Diasporas, One Meta-Narrative: Palestinians in the UK Talking about 11 September 2001.' Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 32 (6). pp. 1027-1040.

Matar, Dina (2006) 'What It Means to be a Shiite in Lebanon: Al Manar and the Imagined Community of Resistance.' Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, 3 (2). pp. 22-40.

Matar, Dina (2006) 'Al-Manar and Lebanese Shiites.' Westminster Papers for Communication and Culture, 3 (2). pp. 220-240.

Matar, Dina and Dakhlalah, Farah (2006) 'What It Means to Be Shiite in Lebanon: Al Manar and the Imagined Community of Resistance.' Westminster Papers for Communication and Culture, 3 (2). pp. 22-40.

Book Reviews

Matar, Dina (2017) 'Co-Optation of Third Worldism: Review of 'Mecca of Revolution: Algeria, Decolonization and the Third World Order. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.' Diplomatic History .

Matar, Dina (2013) 'Review of "The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order" by Paul Thomas Chamberlin.' Diplomatic History .

Matar, Dina (2005) 'Review of Zelizer, B., 'Taking Journalism Seriously: News and the Academy'.' Media and Cultural Politics: Journal of Communication .


Matar, Dina (2017) 'Whose “Ethnic Cleansing?”: Israel’s Appropriation of the Palestinian Narrative (Commentary).' Al-Shabaka: The Palestian Policy Network .

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