Branding the Middle East and North Africa (Book Presentation)

The edited volume presented at this Rencontre Ibn Khaldoun of MECAM investigates place, product, and personal branding in the Middle East and North Africa, including some studies from adjacent regions and the wider Islamicate world. Going beyond simply presenting logos and slogans, it critically analyses processes of strategic communication and image building under general conditions of globalisation, neoliberalisation, and postmodernisation and, in a regional perspective, of lasting authoritarian rule and increased endeavours for “worlding.” In particular, it looks at the multiple actors involved in branding activities, their interests and motives, and investigates tools, channels, and forms of branding beyond the ubiquitous logos and slogans. A major interest exists in the entanglements of different spatial scales and in the (in)consistencies of communication measures. Attention is paid to reconfigurations of certain images over time and to the positioning of objects of branding in time and space. Historical case studies supplement the focus on contemporary branding efforts. While branding in the Western world and many emerging economies has been meticulously analysed, this edited volume fills an important gap in the research on MENA countries.


Details :

Event date: February 29, 2024, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm (CEST)

Location: La Bibliothèque nationale de Tunisie, 1008, Boulevard du 9 Avril 1938, Tunis, Tunisia

Welcome: Khaled Kchir

Chair: Diana Abbani



Steffen Wippel: Editor of “Branding the Middle East: Communication Strategies and Image Building from Qom to Casablanca”

Nina Salouâ Studer: Author of “Selling Alcohol to the Muslims? Making Byrrh a Brand in the Colonial Maghreb”

Roman Stadnicki: Author of “Branding Backlash: The Erring of Urban Advertising in Gulf Cities”


Feb 29 2024


17h30 - 19h00

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