The visual discourse of Coronavirus pandemic on the Arab and international magazines' covers (Arabic)

A talk by Samir Mahmoud
Deputy Chief editor, AL Ahram institution

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This session will be in Arabic

News about the coronavirus pandemic has dominated the covers of all Arab and international magazines since early 2020. Through pictures, cartoons, colors, headlines, spaces and layouts, they have created a visual discourse aimed at conveying certain ideas and establishing specific meanings and connotations about the pandemic itself and the way various countries and societies are handling it. In light of this, the current study seeks to analyze the visual discourse of the Covid-19 pandemic as reflected on the covers of Arab and international magazines during the period from January 2020 to the end of June 2020, with the aim of identifying the most important features and trends of this discourse, the actors affecting it, the ideas and indications promoted and the context of its circulation. To this end, five Magazines are selected; namely, the Egyptian “Al-Musawar”, the Saudi “Al-Majalla”, the Chinese “Caixin”, the American “Time” and the British “The Economist”.

Samir Mahmoud

Deputy Chief Editor, ASJA Member

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