Negar Mottahedeh, Associate Professor of Literature and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Arts of the Moving Image Certificate

Negar Mottahedeh

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.

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

Contact Info:
Office Location:  125C Friedl Building (E. Campus), Buchanan And Trinity, Durham, NC 27708-0670
Office Phone:  (919) 681-3461
Email Address:   send me a message
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Teaching (Fall 2018):

    Friedl Bdg 102, WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    Friedl Bdg 102, WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM

Ph.D.University of Minnesota, Twin Cities1998
M.A.University of Minnesota, Twin Cities1994
B.A.Mount Holyoke College1990

Cultural Studies
Research Interests: Comparative World Cinemas, and Middle Eastern Studies

Assistant professor of Literature, received her Ph.D. from the department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota in 1998. Her current research and writing focuses on emergent cinematic codes in contemporary film cultures. Her two forthcoming books are on Iranian 19th visual culture and contemporary Iranian Cinema.

Areas of Interest:

Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Asia

Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Mottahedeh, N, Representing the Unpresentable: Images of Reform from the Qajars to the Islamic Republic of Iran (2008), Syracuse University Press [html] .
  2. Mottahedeh, N, Displaced Allegories: Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema (2008), Duke University Press [books.php3] .
  3. Mottahedeh, N, 'Life is Color!' Towards a Transnational Feminist Analysis of Mohsen Makhmalbaf's 'Gabbeh', Signs, vol. 30 no. 1 (2004), pp. 1403-1426 (Special Issue on film feminisms.) [doi]  [abs].
  4. Mottahedeh, N, Off the Grid: Reading Iranian Memoirs in Our Time of Total War, Middle East Research and Information Project (September 2004) [html] .
  5. Mottahedeh, N, Collection and Recollection: On Studying the Early History of Motion Pictures in Iran, Early Popular Visual Culture, vol. 6 no. 2 (June, 2008), pp. 103-120 .