An Anatomy of the Islamic Cyborg

Negar Mottahedeh, Duke associate professor in the Program in Literature, presented on the power of social media during the Iranian election crisis of 2009. Unaccustomed as we are still to our own cybernetic existence, we tend not to notice the full sensory reality of a given tweet. A tweet serves as our eyes and ears and is a connector of sorts. This talk will discuss how one tweet in the early days of the Iranian election crisis of 2009 circulated as a sonorous alarm clock encoded at once to wake up God and to call in Judgment day.

The presentation was organized by Duke University Middle East Studies Center, Duke University Islamic Studies Center as part of the John Hope Franklin Center's Wednesdays at the Center Series.