Senior Research Fellow
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Dr Dima Saber is a Senior Research Fellow and is Associate Director for External Funding and Research Development at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. Her research is focussed on media depictions of conflict in the Arab region, and she is responsible for leading and delivering projects in citizen journalism in the Middle East and North Africa region, exploring ways digital literacy can foster social change and enhance the work of political activists in post-revolution and in conflict countries such as Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Egypt and Palestine.
Her latest publications include work on YouTube’s algorithmic policies and the disappearing archives of the Syrian war (in The International Journal of Communication, 2020), on crowd-sourced Syrian archives as memories of the Syrian war (in ‘Refugee Imaginaries‘, 2019 & 2017), on Hezbollah and IS videogame productions (in Media, Culture and Society, 2016), and on Al-Jazeera’s coverage of the July 2006 war (in The Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research, 2016).
She is the founder of M&E Lab (email@example.com) and has been working since 2014 on the Check project, in partnership with Meedan and a network of partners in the MENA, East Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Check Global works towards improving digital literacy, disinformation monitoring and political engagement skills for citizen journalists, activists, journalism students and civil society organisations, thus strengthening their role as investigators and contributors to the public sphere, and as government watchdogs.