Tag: diaspora

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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? 

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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.

Digital Methods Summer School

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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.