Report: Identity and Exile edition on Iranian diaspora

This month, a Twitter troll reminded me of this publication from 2016 that I co-authored with Prof. Halleh Ghorashi for the Heinrich Boll Foundation. He used it to call me a regime apologist for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Besides finding that amusing, I realized I had forgotten to re-post the publication link to my … More Report: Identity and Exile edition on Iranian diaspora

Seminar in Tokyo on digital media, migration, and the rise of nationalism in Asia and Europe

Last week I was in Tokyo for a bi-lateral seminar sponsored by the Dutch National Scientific Organization (NWO) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). It was on Media, Migration, and the Rise of Nationalism: Comparing European and Asian Experiences and Perspectives (description in link). My paper was on the Politics of (Intimate) … More Seminar in Tokyo on digital media, migration, and the rise of nationalism in Asia and Europe

Open Access Publication of “Diaspora and Mapping Methodologies”

Excited to announce the open access publication of our article with Global Networks. It’s a discussion of how we combine ‘big data’ research with ethnographic methods and feminist ethics with the aim of better understanding diaspora and digital media. It’s the product of an emotional and unique collaboration experience for us as authors, and is … More Open Access Publication of “Diaspora and Mapping Methodologies”

Our piece about Syria solidarity for Salvage Magazine

Dr. Saskia Baas and I wrote this piece in light of the recent escalations of violence in Syria, and the problematic selectivity we observed in the response to these events among prominent leftist political publications and public figures. UPDATE: our piece was translated to Dutch and reposted by the Dutch leftist website, Socialisme.nu  and the … More Our piece about Syria solidarity for Salvage Magazine

Fieldwork blog: Gurbetci

To understand the historical, political, and emotional resonance of this migration, we must first analyse such categories as gurbet and gurbetci. The gurbetci – one who lives in exile, diaspora, or away from the homeland – lives in a state of gurbet. It is a relative term, one that might describe the state of those living in Frankfurt, as well as … More Fieldwork blog: Gurbetci

Fieldwork blog: what do border-crossing videos do?

The first people I spoke with in Istanbul mentioned the protests outside the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam. This demonstration had followed the Dutch authorities’ decision to disallow Turkish ministers entry into the Netherlands to campaign for the “yes” vote in the Turkish referendum. This didn’t surprise me, since the affair was international news. But what struck me … More Fieldwork blog: what do border-crossing videos do?