Duke the Program In Literature

    Negar Mottahedeh
  • Negar Mottahedeh

  • Associate Professor
  • Literature
  • 125C Friedl Building
  • Campus Box 90670
  • Phone: +1 919 681 3461
  • Fax: (919) 684-3598
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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 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

      • PhD,
      • University of Minnesota,
      • 1998
      • MA,
      • University of Minnesota,
      • 1994
      • BA,
      • International Relations,
      • Mount Holyoke College,
      • 1990
      • Other,
      • New College, Oxford University,
      • 1988
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • “I evig Transitt: Akademiske Nomader” Forskerforum April 2013.,
      • April, 2013
      • “Filmmaking in Iran” interview,
      • KBIA 91.3 Mid-Missouri Public Radio,
      • December 2012
      • Research in Practice Program,
      • August, 2010
      • Latifeh Yarshater Award for REPRESENTING THE UNPRESENTABLE,
      • Persian Heritage Foundation,
      • August 2008
      • Foundation for Iranian Studies,
      • Displaced Allegories: Iranian Cinema 1980-2000,
      • November 2007
      • CIT ipod course design,
      • December 2006
      • Faculty Fellow, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute:,
      • November 2005
      • "Unearthing World Film Industries",
      • The Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation,
      • 2003-2005
      • Faculty Fellow, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute:,
      • November 2004
      • Arts and Sciences Annual Research Grant,
      • May 2004
      • Knowledges and Its Institutions,
      • John Hope Franklin Humanities Inst.,
      • April 2004
      • The Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation,
      • April 2003
      • "Gender, Race and Ethnicity: Articulating the Local and the Global",
      • Rockefeller Foundation Residency Program, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey,
      • 2001-2002
      • "Technology and Representation",
      • Pembroke Center for Research and Teaching on Women Post doctoral fellowship, Browne University,
      • 2001-2002
      • Postdoctoral fellowship in Women and Gender Studies and History at Macalester College, St. Paul, MN,
      • Andrew Mellon,
      • 2001-2003
      • Best Dissertation of the Year Award,
      • Foundation for Iranian Studies,
      • 1998-1999
      • Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society Dissertation Grant,
      • 1996-1997
      • Web Development Project Grant,
      • University of Minnesota Teaching Assistant,
      • 0 1996
      • Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grant in Women's Studies,
      • 0 1996
      • Harold Leonard Fellowship in Film Research,
      • 1995-1996
      • MacArthur Pre-Dissertation Field Research Fellowship,
      • 1995-1996
      • Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society Departmental Fellowship,
      • 1991-1995
  • 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.
      • "Where are Kiarostami's women?."
      • Alphabet City
      • (2003)
      • .
      • (9,400 words)
      • 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
      • (2004)
      • .
      • (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.
      • "Karbala Drag Kings and Queens."
      • The Drama Review
      • (Winter, 2005)
      • .
      • (73-85)
      • N. Mottahedeh.
      • "“Collection and Recollection: on studying the early history of the motion pictures in Iran”."
      • Early Popular Visual Culture
      • (June, 2008)
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  • Teaching

    • LIT 890S.01
      • SEMINARS IN LIT (TOPICS)
      • Crowell 106
      • M 11:45 AM-02:15 PM
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