Middle East Conference 2024 | Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Gender, Technology, and Digital Cultures in the Middle East

February 18-19, 2024


The Middle Eastern Studies Department at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), in partnership with the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), is organizing the second edition of its two-day conference in Doha, Qatar on the topic of Gender, Technology, and Digital Cultures in the Middle East. The opportunity to attend the conference will be offered in person and online.

The first day is dedicated to the theme of “Gender and Feminisms in the Media Practices in/of the Middle East”, with discussions focusing on the nuanced interplay of technology, gender, and media, including topics such as:

  • Media Representations: Examining how femininities and masculinities are portrayed in media, archival, and cultural productions in the Middle East.
  • Technology and Violence: Investigating the intersections of gender, race, and class with technology and violence.
  • Digital Activism: Analyzing women's digital activism and the theories and practices of (cyber) feminism in the region.
  • Research Ethics and Methods: Discuss the methods and ethics involved in researching gender in digital contexts.

The second day focuses on the theme of “Digital Insights and Challenges in the Middle East: Computational Text Analysis, Misinformation, and Hate Speech Detection”. Presentations will provide insights into the politics of technology and gender, computational text processing, misinformation, and social media analysis in the Middle East with discussions on topics including:

  • Computational Text Analysis in Media: Examining how computational techniques can analyze media content in the Middle East, focusing on patterns, trends, and narratives.
  • Misinformation in Social Media: Identifying and addressing the spread of misinformation and fake news in Middle Eastern social media and understanding its impact on public perception and socio-political events.
  • Social Media Analytics and Political Sentiment: Investigating the use of social media analytics to gauge political sentiment in the Middle East, and its implications for understanding regional socio-political dynamics.
  • Arabic Language Processing: Exploring advanced computational approaches to process the Arabic language aiming at enhancing text analytics, stylometry, and other quantitative methods for more effective social media analysis in the region.

The conference promises engaging interdisciplinary discussions with leading scholars who are conducting cutting-edge research relevant to the region.



Conference registration is essential to receive the credentials to attend in person or online which will be emailed to registrants after submitting this form.



For further information, please direct your inquiries to the Conference Administrator: Mrs. Sabina Huseynova via email at shuseynova@hbku.edu.qa



College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS)

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) was established with a vision to enrich society in Qatar and across the wider world with transformative educational experiences that bridge disciplinary boundaries and offer the academic community opportunities to engage in innovative research and collaboration. We aspire to nurture a diverse body of academically grounded and socially responsible global citizens, whose versatility will enable them to navigate the complexities of today’s world and become the leaders of tomorrow.

The Middle Eastern Studies Department currently offers two MA programs with a projection to expand and offer other programs within a three-year time horizon. The two MA programs are as follows:

For more information on CHSS, please see: chss.hbku.edu.qa



Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Doha

Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF), was founded in 2010 to continue fulfilling QF’s vision of unlocking human potential. HBKU is a homegrown research and graduate studies university that acts as a catalyst for positive transformation in Qatar and the region while having a global impact.

For more information on HBKU, please see: hbku.edu.qa