Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic

Bilingual Lecture Series

Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic

Lecture in English with Narges Bajogli (Johns Hopkins University)

Monday, February 10, 2020
2:00 PM
Bunche Hall 10383

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This event is made possible with the co-sponsorship of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies and with the major support of the Amuzegar Chair in Iranian Studies and the Musa Sabi Term Chair of Iranian Studies.

More than half of Iran's citizens were not alive at the time of the 1979 Revolution. Now entering its fifth decade in power, the Iranian regime faces the paradox of any successful revolution: how to transmit the commitments of its political project to the next generation. New media ventures supported by the Islamic Republic attempt to win the hearts and minds of younger Iranians. Yet members of this new generation—whether dissidents or fundamentalists—are increasingly skeptical of these efforts. Iran Reframed offers unprecedented access to those who wield power in Iran as they debate and define the future of the Republic and showcases a multilayered story about what it means to be proregime in the Islamic Republic, challenging everything we think we know about Iran and revolution.

Narges Bajoghli is assistant professor of Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She is an award-winning anthropologist, filmmaker, and writer. Her academic studies, based on ethnographic research, focus on the intersections of media, power, and military in Iran, with a special interest in pro-regime cultural producers in Iran. Narges received her Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from New York University, where her dissertation was awarded the Dean's Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences. She was also trained as a documentary filmmaker in NYU's Culture and Media Program. She is the director of the documentary The Skin That Burns, screened at The Hague, Hiroshima, Jaipur, and film festivals throughout the United States.

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Iranian Studies