SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

40 Years of Struggle - The Iranian Revolution & Political Communication

Professor Annabelle Sreberny, Dr. Gholam Khiabany, Dr. Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad

Date: 18 March 2019Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 18 March 2019Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B103

Type of Event: Panel Discussion

The Iranian Revolution in 1979 has transformed Iran, drastically changing its political culture and cultural politics as well as relations with its neighbors and the rest of the world. This panel brings together prominent scholars who have been researching and writing about the legacy of the revolution through the lens of political communication and cultural practices. SOAS Emeritus Professor Annabelle Sreberny, who lived the revolution, will lead the discussion with a presentation about her visual project My Revolutionary Year (see which brings together her photographs taken in 1978-9 and which serve as a reminder of how the Iranian Revolution happened, the role of women in political mobilization and the diverse forms of communication people used to proclaim solidarity with its impetus. Dr. Gholam Khiabany, reader in Media and Communication at Goldsmiths will then explore some of the major developments in the Iranian media since the revolution and Dr. Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad (SOAS) will reflect on the cultural politics of Iranian cinema since the revolution.

Annabelle Sreberny is the co-author of Small Media Big Revolution: Communication, Culture and the Iranian Revolution (1994); Gholam Khiabany is the author of Iranian Media: The Paradox of Modernity (2010) and co-author with Sreberny of Blogistan: the Internet and Politics in Iran (2010); and Dr Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad is the author of The Politics of Iranian Cinema: Film and Society in the Islamic Republic (2010)

Organiser: School of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Centre for Global Media and Communications

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