Anonymous, 5 Apr 2020
Research on Middle East, Islam and digital media
keyword: Iran

New Book: Electronic Iran: The Cultural Politics of an Online Evolution

The author focuses largely on the years between 1998 and 2012 to reveal a diverse and combative virtual landscape where both geographically and ideologically dispersed individuals and groups deployed Internet technologies to variously construct, defend, and challenge narratives of Iranian national identity, society, and politics. While it tempers celebratory claims that have dominated assessments of the Iranian Internet, Electronic Iran is ultimately optimistic in its outlook. As it exposes and assesses overlooked aspects of the Iranian Internet, the book sketches a more complete map of its dynamic landscape, and suggests that the transformative powers of digital media can only be developed and understood if attention is paid to both the specificities of new technologies as well as the local and transnational contexts in which they appear.

New Report: Citation Filtered: Iran's Censorship of Wikipedia

The Iran Media Program, a project of the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, released its report titled Citation Filtered: Iran's Censorship of Wikipedia written by Collin Anderson and Nima Nazeri.

New Book: Cultural Revolution in Iran: Contemporary Popular Culture in the Islamic Republic

This book draws on the expertise and experience of Iranian and international academics and activists to address diverse areas of social and cultural innovation that are driving change and progress. While religious conservatism remains the creed of the establishment, this volume uncovers an underground world of new technology, media and entertainment that speaks to women seeking a greater public role and a restless younger generation that organises and engages with global trends online.

New Book: She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

The book introduces the pioneering work of twelve leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian.

New Book: Introduction to Cyber-Warfare: A Multidisciplinary Approach

The book presents an insider's look into the world of cyber-warfare through the use of recent case studies. The book examines the issues related to cyber warfare not only from a computer science perspective but from military, sociological, and scientific perspectives as well. It shows how cyber-warfare has been performed in the past as well as why various actors rely on this new means of warfare and what steps can be taken to prevent it.

New Book: Democratic Uprisings in the New Middle East: Youth, Technology, Human Rights, and US Foreign Policy

The book focuses on issues dealing with the political economy of revolt, youth, and cyberspace, and the rising significance of human rights and moral ideals for the younger generation. It analyzes regional tensions in Libya, Bahrain, and Syria and their consequences for US foreign policy in the MENA region. It covers the rise of Iran’s “Green Movement,” the “April 6 Movement” in Egypt, and the increasing significance of the role of women in the Arab Spring.

Videogame Development in the Middle East: Iran, the Arab World, and Beyond

Videogame producers in the Middle East face many challenges, which make local game development more difficult than in the US or Europe. This chapter discusses these challenges and identifies the particular production strategies and design features local game developers use in order to adapt to them. In other words, it analyzes the broader cultural, social and political aspects that shape videogame design and production in the Middle East, focusing particularly on the Arab world and Iran. By doing so, it aims to transcend the fragmented character of existing research and propose a theoretical framework for the contextualization of videogame development in the Middle East.

New Book: Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East: Rhetoric of the Image

This book examines the power and role of the image in modern Middle Eastern societies. The essays explore the role and function of image making to highlight the ways in which the images “speak” and what visual languages mean for the construction of Islamic subjectivities, the distribution of power, and the formation of identity and belonging. The book addresses aspects of the visual in the Islamic world, including the presentation of Islam on television; on the internet and other digital media; in banners, posters, murals, and graffiti; and in the satirical press, cartoons, and children’s books.

Iran Elections 2013: Zahra for President

With the Iranian presidential election to be held on 14 June 2013, a campaign Vote4Zahra has been launched. Zahra, a virtual candidate and fictional character of the graphic novel Zahra's Paradise, represents the freedom platform and calls for fair elections. The campaign's goal is to attract attention to the undemocratic political environment in the country.

Book: Diasporas and Diplomacy: Cosmopolitan contact zones at the BBC World Service (1932–2012)

The book analyzes the exercise of British ‘soft power’ through the BBC’s foreign language services, and the diplomatic role played by their diasporic broadcasters. The book offers the first historical and comparative analysis of the ‘corporate cosmopolitanism’ that has characterized the work of the BBC’s international services since the inception of its Empire Service in 1932 – from radio to the Internet.
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