After conducting research on social media usage and women’s rights discussions in the Middle East, my colleague, Sheida Shirvani, and I presented our findings at the IAMCR conference in Hyderabad and the ICA Latin America regional conference in Brazil.
August 26, 2014
This July I presented at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference in Hyderabad, India. For the past few months, I have been collaborating with Sheida Shirvani of Ohio University to research social media usage in the Middle East. We were particularly interested in whether Middle Eastern residents and citizens were using social media networks to discuss women’s rights issues in the region and, if yes, how frequently.
We conducted an online survey and received some 200 responses. We presented our preliminary results at the conference as part of the Gender and Technology section. Our presentation and the paper we submitted were titled, “Human Mobility, Social Ties, and Role Prediction: Role of Gender and Religion on the Social Network in Muslim countries.” Download a copy of the conference program here (find us on page 19).
Ohio University recently published a press release about our presentation.
Our survey was just our initial investigation into social media usage and women’s rights discussions in the Middle East. We plan to expand by applying for grants to study this topic much more in depth and to conduct country phone surveys in the region. Stay tuned for updates!
Sheida and I submitted a similar paper for the ICA 2nd Latin America Conference held in Brazil last March. It also was accepted. Although I was not able to attend the conference due to logistical issues, Sheida presented on our behalf.