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The Alireza Ahmadian Lectures in Iranian and Persianate Studies Present: “Social Media, Music and Poetic Worldmaking in Iranian Publics and Counterpublics”
Music has long served within Iran’s public sphere as an important channel for social and political mediation. In this talk, I will examine the role of music in the poetic creation of alternative worlds, the instrumentalization of joy both within these worldmakings as well as their cooptations, and the impact of social media – and the securitization of online spaces – on these processes.

Guest Speaker:
Nahid Siamdoust, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and Anthropology of Religion, Harvard Divinity School

Nahid Siamdoust is a Visiting Assistant Professor on Women’s Studies and Anthropology of Religion Women’s Studies in Religion Program Research Associate 2020–21. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Program in Iranian Studies in MacMillan. Next year she will be joining the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Siamdoust received her doctorate from the University of Oxford, where she graduated in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at St. Antony’s College. Her book, Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran was published in 2017 by Stanford University Press. Dr. Siamdoust is an anthropologist and media scholar whose work concentrates on the intersection between politics, culture and media in Iran and the wider Middle East, with a focus on questions of cultural mediation, political power and social movements.

Feb 27, 2021 04:00 PM in Vancouver

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