The Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar

About the media majlis

The first museum in the Arab world dedicated to the content of media, journalism, and communication.

The Media Majlis is the first museum in the Arab world dedicated to discussing and examining the content of media, journalism, and communication.

The museum is open to all, is free of charge, and is bilingual.

The museum’s exhibitions explore media, journalism, and communication—pasts, presents, and futures—through global, regional, and local/Qatar lenses. This new type of museum is an active space, bringing people together to engage with exhibitions and programs challenging standard narratives, where a spectrum of stories and voices are heard.

Exhibitions aim to empower audiences with a greater understanding and ability to interrogate the constantly changing media and journalism surrounding us all. Featuring extensive digital capacity exhibitions encourage visitor participation, comment, and engagement with rich stories, lesser heard voices, and the people who have and are creating our media world in the region and globally.


Current Exhibition

From Visionaries to Vloggers: media revolutions in the Middle East

Wednesday, January 15–Saturday, June 13

Drawing from across the Arab world this exhibition invites you to engage with a number of issues which over time have both altered media and adapted to media—all with the vision of creating change.

Where the backdrop for discussion and dissent was once market squares, coffee shops or universities, greater access to a growing number of media forms has invited lesser heard voices to enter into everyday spaces and take part in debate. The act of using media as a tool to drive change and give voice to a variety of views is not a new phenomenon, and is often today still undertaken in the face of censorship and backlash.

From Visionaries to Vloggers discusses and uncovers the shifts in cultural patterns, where evolutions in media and its uses are informed by the past, which is constantly re-referenced, re-interpreted and re-imagined for new audiences. Some social issues have been tackled for hundreds, in some cases thousands, of years in the region including autocracy, representations of women, freedom of expression, and lack of civil liberties. The medium may change and develop but the messages of change and [r]evolution is ever present.

Discover how media is changing as stories and causes move from one medium to another—from oral storytelling and poetry, to print, theater, radio, television, and the Internet. Major events in the last two decades, including the rise of social media platforms and uprisings since 2011, are evidence of the shifting dynamics of engagements with media. The voices calling for change are all around us, proposing, adapting and challenging new perspectives and new media.

From Visionaries to Vloggers: media revolutions in the Middle East is accompanied by an illustrated publication in Arabic and English, part of the museum’s Voices and Conversations series, and a season of programs in February and March.  Full details can be found on The Media Majlis website.


Visit

The museum is located within the Northwestern University in Qatar building in Doha's Education City,
one building away from the Qatar National Library and Metro stop (Green Line).

Full information on hours, location and parking, programs and Bookstore can be found of the museum's website, mediamajlis.northwestern.edu.