Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Initiative for Communication on Media in the Middle East (ICOMME)

Karin Wilkins, ICOMME Director

Dr. Karin Wilkins, Director

The Initiative for Communication on Media and the Middle East (ICOMME) works to improve communication on the Middle East, through supporting significant scholarship, promoting necessary outreach, and facilitating vital dialogue with media industry professionals.

Recognizing the importance of media, ICOMME inspires critical reflection of news and popular culture representations of Arab, Iranian, Israeli, and Turkish communities. Through public events and research, the Institute aims to support more comprehensive characterizations and informative narratives in journalism, television, and film, through raising awareness and changing professional practice.

Based at the University of Texas at Austin, ICOMME builds on the solid prestige of the Department and Center for Middle Eastern Studies, as well as the strong reputations of the Department of Radio-Television-Film and the School of Journalism within the College of Communication.

This Institute offers an essential resource for scholars, media professionals and communities. We welcome your support.


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