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Annemarie Iddins is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. Broadly interested in transnational cultural industries and media, culture and identity in global contexts, Annemarie studies the relationship between modernity, cultural geography and media activism, primarily in the Maghreb and its diaspora. She is particularly interested in the role of media in social and political engagement, as well as its possibilities as a site of contention over political projects. Prior to coming to Michigan, Annemarie received a B.A. in Journalism and Francophone Studies from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., an M.A. in Mass Communication Research from the University of Minnesota and spent a year in Rabat, Morocco as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Her dissertation focuses on the intervention of independent Moroccan media in the relationship between public culture and politics in Morocco. Media have reconfigured this relationship over the course of three decades, starting with economic liberalization in the 1980s, accelerating upon Mohammed VI’s ascent to the throne in 1999 and crystallizing in the 2011 Arab Spring moment, when youth voices and energy brought questions about their exclusion from politics to the public and an explosion of cultural production in media and other public spaces as a means of expression and engagement.
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