The Drs. Fereidoun and Katharine Mirhady Endowed Lecture in Iranian Studies is an Annual Lecture series featuring research and scholars with a particular focus on Iran and its role in the wider Middle East.

Thursday, 28 February 2019, 7 PM
Fletcher Challenge Theatre, Room 1900
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Campus
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver


Dr. Nahid Siamdoust is the inaugural Ehsan Yarshater Fellow at Yale University’s Program in Iranian Studies at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. She is a cultural historian whose work concentrates primarily on the intersection between politics and various modes of cultural production and media forms in Iran and the wider Middle East, with a critical focus on questions of cultural mediation, political power and social mobilization. Her book, Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran (Stanford University Press, 2017) was based on her award-winning doctoral dissertation at Oxford University. Siamdoust holds a B.A. in Political Science and Art History, and a Master of International Affairs from Barnard College and Columbia University, respectively. Prior to her doctorate, she worked as a full-time Iran and Middle East based journalist for TIME Magazine, Der Spiegel and Al Jazeera English TV.

High Praise for Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran (Stanford University Press, 2017):

"Music is the language of liberation. Nahid Siamdoust, who knows all the players and has taken personal risks to tell this story, has written a lovely tribute to the courage and creativity of Iran's musicians. This is a book that, like Iran itself, is filled with hope and sadness and the universal human desire for freedom." 
—Joe Klein, Time Magazine

"Nahid Siamdoust's Soundtrack of the Revolution is a ground-breaking study of a potent cultural register in post-revolutionary Iran. For both the casual reader and the aficionado, Siamdoust's pioneering insights are revelatory." 
—Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University


This lecture is free and open to the public. As seating is limited, reservations are recommended.

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Can't make the Public Lecture? Please join us at this special seminar for Faculty & Graduate Students, with Dr. Siamdoust: