In January, 2017 I’ll be giving a guest lecture in the wonderful course, Somatechnics: Bodies and Power in a Digital Age, led by Dr. Domitilla Olivieri and Dr. Magda Gorska. My lecture will be based on a chapter of my book, The Internet and Formations of Iranian American-ness, which will also be coming out in 2017. The chapter focuses on how practices of collectively remembering the past involve various forms of media. Specifically, it raises questions about what digital mediation does to these practices of remembering. One of the striking examples that I discuss in the chapter is The Cat and the Coup.
This week, the lawyer who is working on the cases of myself and the nine other women who were arrested in January this year for staging a protest against Geert Wilders got in touch with some news. He let us know that the the public prosecutor had confirmed in an email that our cases had been dismissed on the grounds that our arrests had been unlawful. I’ve added an English language translation of the press release he drafted together with us below. Please feel free to spread it as you see fit. This outcome important for a number of reasons…
Yesterday I was happy to chair a fascinating Masterclass session led by Farida Vis, who is Director of the Visual Media Lab in Sheffield. The session was given by Farida at the KNAW as part of an event organized by Koen Leurs and Sandra Ponzanesi on migration, media, and digital technology. Farida gave an interactive talk about the work she’s doing with her team at the Visual Media Lab about the circulation of images, such as that of Alan Kurdi, and their role in shaping discussions of the refugee debate in the UK.
Last week, fresh back from ECREA 2016 in Prague, the team and I presented our preliminary work at a seminar for PhDs, Postdocs, and guest fellows affiliated with the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON). The ICON is the interdisciplinary research institute of the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University, and the seminar brings together a range of young researchers around themes of gender, media, culture, history, and literature.
Anticipating giving my paper this week at the 6th European Communication Conference. You can find the panel details here. I’m happy to be presenting alongside my research team members for the first time! Doing some last […]
Catherine Black, Domitilla Olivieri and I wrote an opinion piece that was published today (under a different title) in the Dutch national newspaper, NRC Handelsblad. I’ve posted an English language version of that piece below, as well as an interesting update:
Just got notified by Taylor and Francis that my article was included in their Social Media Research collection, which explores digital media and internet technology from various perspectives. That means it’s now openly and freely accessible online!
In a week I’ll be giving a guest lecture in the course, Postcolonial Europe. The course is given by Dr. Layal Ftouni as part of the undergrad minor in Gender Studies at Utrecht University. The title of my lecture is The Muslim Rape of Europe and it’s about how boundaries of gender and sexuality are policed in tandem with the policing of the borders of European nation states. It’ll be my first lecture at my new department. Looking forward to it….
Here’s the description and literature!
Last week I completed the Summer School of the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam as part of the digital methods training of the Digital Crossings project I’m working on. It was an immersive experience in the world of “big data” researchers, tools, methods, and ontologies. We learned through a mix of keynote lectures, tutorial workshops, and working in groups on our own research projects. I had the opportunity of pitching three small sub-projects that I proceeded to work on for the first week together with my team from the Digital Crossings research project and an international group of participants of the summer school.
How great to have my piece included in this very timely special issue of the open access journal of the Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies Association. The theme is Fortress Europe: Media, Migration and Borders, and it presents a range of case studies on the media coverage of the so-called “refugee crisis” in Europe. It highlights how Europe and the violence that its borders inflict upon bodies comes to produce refugees as “other,” and explores the role of various (digital) media representations in consolidating or challenging the dominant tropes around the figures of the migrant, refugee, and asylum seeker.