Home Life and Mass Media In Modern Iran
Mon, February 3, 2014 • 3:00 PM • SAC: Legislative Assembly (2.302)
History Lecture Series presents Pamela Karimi Ph.D.
Unlike other parts of the Middle East, the Iranian home as a storehouse of people’s belongings has not been paid the scholarly attention it deserves. This inattention is in part due to the inadequacy of the themes that have dominated the scholarship of modern Iranian history, which distracts from understanding transformations of everyday life. By contrast, this presentation shows how a substantial component of the modernization process in Iran advanced in the context of the home. In particular it shows how home life became a topic of interest in the mass media, where politicians, religious figures, the Left and other opposition parties communicated their respective views. Through analyzing a series of case studies and appraising a wide range of media— from newspapers, photographs, films, TV series, novels, and artworks—this talk foregrounds the significance of private life in Iran’s public sphere.
Pamela Karimi is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She is the author of Domesticity and Consumer Culture in Iran: Interior Revolutions of the Modern Era (Routledge, 2013) and co-editor of a special journal volume, Images of the Child and Childhood in Modern Muslim Contexts (2012). She is the recipient of the UMass President Creative Economy Fund, Social Science Research Council, and the American Council of Learned Societies,