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IMI Conference on Intercultural Relations | 2012 Presenter

Dr. Najma Al Zidjaly


Dr. Najma Al Zidjaly

Assistant Professor, Department of English, Sultan Quaboos University, Oman

Dr. Najma Al Zidjaly is an Assistant Professor in the English Department of the College of Arts & Social Sciences at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. Her research focuses on intercultural communication, disability, human agency, multimodality, new media technology and Arab (Omani) identity. A linguist and public intellectual, Al Zidjaly published an essay in The New York Times on the Arab Spring, has a bi-monthly column in Muscat Daily called “We Need to Talk,” and has discussed intercultural communication issues in her many TV and radio appearances in Oman. She is the editor of Building Bridges: Integrating Language, Linguistics, Literature and Translation in Pedagogy and Research (Sultan Qaboos University Press, 2009) and on the editorial board of Multimodal Communication. In addition, Al Zidjaly has published articles in scholarly journals such as Language in Society, Visual Communication, Communication & Medicine, Disability Studies Quarterly, and Multilingua; she is the author of chapters in the Handbook of Research on Discourse Behavior and Digital Communication: Language Structures and Social Interaction and Multimodality in Practice: Investigating Theory-in-Practice through Methodology. After earning a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University in 2005, she joined Sultan Qaboos University in Oman, where she teaches courses on language, culture and communication. She is also interested in improving the status of women in academia in the Middle East, and has been recognized by the government of Oman for her efforts.  Al Zidjaly is currently co-editing a book on social media and Arab identity, and is involved in two international collaborative projects on Arab identity and new media usage. Additionally, she is writing a children’s book, East, West: Being Friends is the Best, with the hopes of inspiring children from a young age to engage positively with people from different cultures.


Mobile Phones as Intercultural Communication Sites: Education and Training in the Age of New Media in the Arabian Gulf and the U.S.

Presenter(s): Dr.  Najma Al Zidjaly, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Sultan Quaboos University, Oman,  and Dr. Cynthia Gordon, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse University

Level: Beginning and Intermediate

Delivery: Skills Workshop

Keywords: International Education & Exchange, Training of Trainers, Business Practices

Date/Time: Thursday, March 15, 3:30pm-5:00pm