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 […]
Seminar in Tokyo on digital media, migration, and the rise of nationalism in Asia and Europe
I was in Tokyo for a seminar bi-laterally sponsored by the Dutch National Scientific Organization and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
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 […]
Our piece about Syria solidarity for Salvage Magazine
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.
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 […]
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 […]
My book is out: ‘The Internet and Formations of Iranian American-ness’
I’m very happy to share that my book has been released.
Fieldwork blog: The Amsterdam-Istanbul connection vs. The Hague-Ankara tension
A week ago I was in Amsterdam, preparing for a month of field research in Istanbul. That same moment happened to be a time of exceptional diplomatic tension between the Netherlands and Turkey. What did that mean for the Turkish-Dutch connections of migration and digital media I wanted to study?
Guest Lecture on Digital Memory
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.
Flying to Prague to present in ECREA conference panel on Digital Diasporas and Belonging in Europe
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 […]