Duke the Program In Literature

    Negar Mottahedeh
  • Negar Mottahedeh

  • Associate Professor
  • Literature
  • 125C Friedl Building (e. Campus), Buchanan and Trinity, Durham, NC 27708-0670
  • Campus Box 90670
  • Phone: (919) 681-3461
  • Fax: (919) 684-3598
  • Twitter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Overview

    I am a cultural critic and theorist specializing in interdisciplinary and feminist contributions to the fields of Middle Eastern Studies and Film and Media Studies. I have published four books on Iranian Cinema, the history of reform, revolution and the uses of social media in protest. My new book "#iranelection: Hashtag Solidarity and the Transformation of Online Life" (Stanford University Press, 2015) is about one such social media mobilization. "#iranelection" follows the protest movement around Iran's fraudulent presidential election in 2009 to investigate how emerging social media platforms developed as a result of the international solidarity around the hashtag. Just as the world turned to social media platforms to understand the events on the ground, social media platforms adapted and developed to accommodate  global activism. "#iranelection" reveals the new online ecology of social protest and offers a prehistory, of sorts, to the uses of hashtags and trending topics, of selfies and avatar activism, citizen journalism and YouTube mashups.



    Languages
    Fluent: English, Farsi (Modern Persian), Norwegian Bokmål and Nynorsk
    Proficient: French, German, Arabic (Classical and Modern), Spanish

  • Specialties

    • Film Theory & History
    • Cultural Studies
    • Critical Theory
  • Research Summary

    Film Studies, Social Media, Photography, Material Culture, and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Research Description

    Negar Mottahedeh is a cultural critic and film theorist specializing in interdisciplinary and feminist contributions to the fields of Middle Eastern Studies and Film Studies. She is known for her work on Iranian Cinema, but has also published on the history of reform, revolution and the uses of social media in protest. Her new book “#iranelection: Hashtag Solidarity and the Transformation of Online life” (Stanford University Press), about one such social media mobilization, will be published this spring. #iranelection follows the protest movement around Iran's fraudulent presidential election in 2009, to investigate how emerging social media platforms developed international solidarity. Just as the world turned to social media platforms to understand the events on the ground, social media platforms adapted and developed to accommodate this global activism. The 2009 protests in Iran were the first revolts to be catapulted onto the global stage by social media, just as the 1979 Iranian Revolution was agitated by cassette tapes. #iranelection reveals the new online ecology of social protest and offers a prehistory, of sorts, to the uses of hashtags and trending topics, of selfies and avatar activism, citizen journalism and YouTube mashups. https://negarmottahedeh.squarespace.com/
  • Current Projects

    https://negarmottahedeh.squarespace.com/, http://twitter.com/negaratduke
  • Areas of Interest

    Middle East, North Africa
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities,
      • 1998
      • M.A.,
      • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities,
      • 1994
      • B.A.,
      • International Relations,
      • Mount Holyoke College,
      • 1990
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Signature course "Hashtags Memes & Digital Tribes",
      • Office of the Dean,
      • January 2016
      • Middle East Book Award for #iranelection,
      • Washington Post,
      • January 2015
      • Arts and Sciences Annual Research Grant for “#iranelection”,
      • Duke University,
      • January 2015
      • The Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation for “BP Oil films”,
      • Duke University,
      • January 2015
      • Humanities Writ Large Grant for “Muslim Publics”,
      • Mellon Foundation,
      • January 2013
      • Partnership in a Global Age Grant for “Art of Democratic Revolution”,
      • Mellon Foundation,
      • January 2013
      • Research in Practice Program,
      • Unknown,
      • August, 2010
      • Latifeh Yarshater Award for "Representing the Unrepresentable",
      • Persian Heritage Foundation,
      • August 2008
      • Persian Heritage Foundation Book Award for Displaced Allegories,
      • Persian Heritage Foundation, Columbia University,
      • January 2008
      • Faculty Fellow,
      • John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University,
      • January 2004
      • Rockefeller Foundation Residency Program Fellowship,
      • Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University,
      • January 2001
      • Best Dissertation of the Year Award,
      • The Foundation for Iranian Studies,
      • January 1998
      • Harold Leonard Fellowship in Film Research,
      • University of Minnesota,
      • January 1995
      • MacArthur Pre-Dissertation Field Research Fellowship,
      • University of Minnesota,
      • January 1995
      • Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society Departmental Fellowship,
      • Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota,
      • January 1991
      • Norwegian Government Fellowship for Graduate Study Abroad,
      • Kingdom of Norway,
      • January 1991
  • Selected Publications

      • N Mottahedeh.
      • Representing the Unpresentable: Images of Reform from the Qajars to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
      • Syracuse University Press,
      • 2008.
      • [web]
      • N Mottahedeh.
      • Displaced Allegories: Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema.
      • Duke University Press,
      • 2008.
      • [web]
      • N Mottahedeh.
      • "'Life is Color!' Towards a Transnational Feminist Analysis of Mohsen Makhmalbaf's 'Gabbeh'."
      • Signs
      • 30
      • .1
      • (2004)
      • :
      • 1403-1426.
      • (Special Issue on film feminisms)
      Publication Description

      Special Issue on film feminisms

      • N Mottahedeh.
      • "Off the Grid: Reading Iranian Memoirs in Our Time of Total War."
      • Middle East Research and Information Project
      • (September 2004)
      • .
      • [web]
      • N Mottahedeh.
      • "Collection and Recollection: On Studying the Early History of Motion Pictures in Iran."
      • Early Popular Visual Culture
      • 6
      • .2
      • (June, 2008)
      • :
      • 103-120.
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  • Teaching

    • LIT 320S.01
      • SOCIAL MOVEMENTS/SOCIAL MEDIA
      • Friedl Bdg 102
      • MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
    • LIT 402S.01
      • HASHTAGS MEMES,DIGITAL TRIBES
      • White 106
      • Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
    • LIT 615S.01
      • THE #SELFIE
      • Friedl Bdg 102
      • M 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
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