Author: Donya Alinejad

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Presentation at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry at Utrecht University

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.

Op-ed in the NRC Handelsblad: No feminism without anti-racism

The illustration from the original NRC piece

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:

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Guest Lecture for Postcolonial Europe course

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!

Digital Methods Summer School

Picture of network TIM copy
A draft network visualization of the Facebook Page Like Network of a page relevant to our study of transnational Romanian motherhood in Italy. We gathered the data with Netvizz and made the graph in Gephi. This was one of the early versions of the visualization of this network. We made many others that were fancier, but I find it important to show at least a part of the process of getting there so as not to present data as truth/objective/final but always open and interpreted  

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.

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Open access publication of “Europe Says OXI: ‘online camaraderie’ and European Crisis”

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.