Adaptation and Mediation


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2. “The journey of a researcher” does not follow a simple path. Select a quote from the preface or introduction, which considers the author’s journey, starting questions, or identification. Explain why the quote is significant.

"Given the closed borders of war, my work has continued in cultural studies, in witnessing forums with refugees, in political performances with survivors of torture." Dr. Segall's journey as a researcher could simply have been ended by the closing of the borders and being urged to relocate. She knew the journey would not be simple and prepared to continue on and adapt to working on her research in creative ways not originally planned. Dr. Segall did not conduct her research just to research; she has strong humanitarian values instilling a fire in her by which she continued on her journey. Truly listening and taking to heart the words of Asad Gozeh, "don't forget us, don't forget the Kurds," she has kept her promise and has continued to bring light to their circumstances and the situation these people are facing. Her path has not been simple or easy; she has worked continuously to further her journey and get these stories out. She has moved away from being immersed with the people whose stories she is spreading and is instead bringing the people to her and wider audience when she can. While needing to adapt what she originally set out to do, Dr. Segall has kept her promise for over 20 years, never following a simple path.

7. What are the images after 9-11?

"A newsflash shows a woman, beaten by police during mass protests, then the image fades out, leaving us with scenes of violence, gender, and democratic transition." After 9/11, the images broadcasted on mainstream media were framed with not only an entirely Western worldview, but a very gendered view as well. The average American was only seeing the images that the White House preferred, circulations upon circulations of New York's 9/11 which instilled Islamophobia in many. Media outlets were only aiming their coverage at United States culture, "forgetting the subtleties of religion and politics" around the world. Mass media drew in American viewers with their almost "pornographic" images of the sexual violence that was occurring against and by women in the war, while almost forgetting the deaths of female soldiers post 9/11. Showcasing Iraqi women as silent, tortured, and sexually repressed, the media would not even acknowledge the idea of Islamic Feminism. They also created an ignorance among the American people by playing live-time war coverage instead of covering the atrocities and deaths of the war. By grouping people together, the media left out the stories of the individuals and created this mindset that everyone in the Middle East holds the same views and values, which is far from the truth. After 9/11, most Americans only had in mind the highly mediated images of the Western frame, not able to see or comprehend the entire story from both sides.

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