Music is an alternative and revealing way for studying post-revolutionary Iranian society and politics. In this book talk, Nahid Siamdoust discusses music as a potent cultural register that facilitates political expression and communication, while tracing the evolution of cultural and social policy making in Iran. Drawing on over five years of research in Iran, including the 2009 protests, she sheds light on issues at the hear of debates in Iran - its future and identity, changing notions of religious belief, and the quest for political freedom.
Nahid Siamdoust is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Yale Program in Iranian Studies at the Council on Middle East Studies in the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. She is the inaugural Ehsan Yarshater Fellow in Iranian Studies. She is also Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Dr. Siamdoust received her doctorate from the University of Oxford, where she graduated in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at St. Antony's College.