Melinda Cohoon

Presented at Digital Humanities Summer Institute Virtual Conference & Colloquium

I presented “Digital Iran: Narratives of (De)colonization in Video Games” at the DHSI Conference & Colloquium on June 7th, 2021. Throughout my presentation, I discussed the nuts and bolts of the Digital Iran project, including the theoretical frameworks of affect and soft power, discussions on video game examples, project management, and the project’s future trajectories. …

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Presented at Open/Social/Digital Humanities Pedagogy, Training, and Mentorship

On June 17th, 2021, I presented “Critical Digital Pedagogy and Mentorship: A Syllabus for the Digital Middle East” at the Open/Social/Digital Humanities Pedagogy, Training, and Mentorship Conference. During the presentation, I shared a syllabus entitled “Digital Middle East: Social Media and Gaming in Iran, Turkey, and Arab Countries” for a proposed course at the University …

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Presented at Project Management in the Humanities Virtual Conference

I presented “Digital Iran Project Management” as lightning TALK at the Project Management in the Humanities Virtual Conference at University of Victoria on June 9th, 2021. For this presentation, I particularly focused on my role as principal investigator and project manager for the collaborative team. As collaborators, we aimed to dive deeply into multimodality-text, image, …

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Accepted to Digital Forays 2020-2021 Series – LIGHTNING TALKS with Honorarium

I am excited to announce that I am among 6 PhD Candidates, junior scholars, and practitioners accepted to the Digital Forays lightning talk held by the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University. The presenters will speak for 6-8 minutes each about their digital scholarship. The themes that we will touch on …

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Moderated “In Conversation with Mana Kia” Webinar

On 9th March 2021, I delightfully moderated the webinar “In Conversation with Mana Kia.” Sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization (NELC) and the Persian and Iranian Studies Program, Mana Kia discussed her book Persianate Selves: Memories of Place and Origin Before Nationalism (2020). In Persianate Selves, Kia touches on the larger …

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Hacking the Academy: Digital Iran Presentation

On 13th October 2020, I presented the Digital Iran project at “Hacking the Academy: Simpson Center Digital Humanities Summer Fellows Showcase.” I discussed the project’s multifaceted approach including mentorship as praxis, the blog, curated video essays, and streaming online on twitch.tv/digital_iran. Follow the press releases from NELC and the Simpson Center.

Presented for an Invited Talk

On 7 October 2020, I presented on the Digital Iran project for the University of Washington’s Society of Scholars. The Digital Iran project is a multiplatform and collaborative summer project., funded by the Simpson Center’s Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship. Follow the links to learn more about the projects in this post!

Awarded the SSRC Social Data Research and Dissertation Fellowship

I am proud to share that I am the recipient of the Social Data Research and Dissertation Fellowship, funded by the Omidyar Network, for the 2020-2021 academic year. The funds will assist my field research entitled “The 2020 US Elections Post-GamerGate: Political Discourse among Iranian and Iranian-American Gamers on Social Media.” Learn more about my …

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