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Power and Aesthetics in the Islamic Republic

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, January 13, 2016. 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Stanford Humanities Center Watt Room
Workshop: 
Minority Communities, Rights, Political Economies and States in the Modern Middle East and Central Asia
Meeting Description: 
About the speaker:
Omid Mohamadi is a PhD Candidate in Politics (Feminist Studies) at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
 
Meeting description:
My chapter explores the highly malleable aesthetic norms and the political life of street art in Iran. Against the backdrop of contradictory forms of censorship, I show how visual art continues to be integral in shaping and consolidation of the public sphere by the Iranian government. At the same time, however, I also argue that forms of street art such as murals and graffiti can often be sources of productive power in their own right by refracting and troubling the political imaginaries of the Islamic Republic.

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