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The Beirut and Paris Attacks and Social Media: A Conversation

November 17th, 2015
12:00 PM


Post-discussion updates: 

Duke Today wrote a story about the discussion.

ISLAMICommentary created a Storify of the tweets from the discussion:  "The Beirut and Paris Attacks and Social Media: A Conversation"


An informal conversation about the role social media is playing in the global reaction to the recent attacks in Beirut & Paris.

How is social media shaping and mediating the experience and response to these attacks both within the cities where they take place and globally? What accounts for the differences in the responses on social media to the attacks in Beirut vs. Paris? What role can and should social media play in shaping both journalistic coverage and policy responses to these events?

The conversation was led by Duke Professors Negar Mottahedeh, a specialist on film and social media in the Middle East and Laurent Dubois, who studies sport, race and immigration in contemporary France. 

Read a piece by Laurent Dubois on the Paris attacks: "The Stade de France: A History in Fragments."

Read a piece by Omid Safi, Director of Duke Islamic Studies, on the Beirut & Paris attacks.

The Center for French and Francophone Studies at Duke invites those who wish to offer messages and thoughts in response to the attacks to post them here.

Negar Mottahedeh

Duke University

Negar Mottahedeh is Associate Professor in the Program in Literature and in the Women’s Studies Program at Duke University, a cultural critic, and film theorist specializing in interdisciplinary and feminist contributions to the fields of Middle Eastern Studies and Film Studies. She is the author of Displaced Allegories: Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema (Duke University Press, 2008) and Representing the Unpresentable: Historical Images of National Reform from the Qajars to the Islamic Republic of Iran (Syracuse University Press, 2007) Her book #iranelection: Hashtag Solidarity and the Transformation of Online Life was published by Stanford University Press in 2015. on the transformation of online life in response to an unwavering global solidarity around a hashtag. She tweets as @negaratduke.

Laurent Dubois

Duke University

Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and the founder and Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. From 2010 to 2013, he was the co-director of the Haiti Laboratory of the Franklin Humanities Institute. He is the author of six books, including Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution (2004) and A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804 (2004), which won four book prizes including the Frederick Douglass Prize, and Haiti: The Aftershocks of History (2012). He has also written about the politics of soccer, with Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France (2010) and is the founding editor of then Soccer Politics Blog. His most recent book is The Banjo: America's African Instrument (2016). He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Humanities Center Fellowship, and a Mellon New Directions Fellowship. He is also involved in several Digital Humanities projects, including the Soccer Politics blog and the Banjology website. His writings have appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Slate. He tweets @Soccerpolitics.