Roshanak Kheshti: The Soundscape in Diasporic Iranian Cinema

/ University of Toronto Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies


Roshanak Kheshti


January 11, 2021

The 53rd episode of Parse is an excerpt of a lecture given by Roshanak Kheshti. This talk explores the question of diegetic film sound in diasporic Iranian cinema through Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Mitra Tabrizian’s Gholam and Bahman, and Ghobadi’s No One Knows About Persian Cats. 
Roshanak Kheshti is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and affiliate faculty in the Critical Gender Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego and Associate Editor of the Journal of Popular Music Studies. She is the author of Modernity’s Ear: Listening to Race and Gender in World Music (published by NYU Press in 2015) and Switched-on Bach published in 2019. She is currently completing her third book, tentatively titled “We See with the Skin: Zora Neale Hurston’s Synesthetic Hermeneutics”. Her scholarship has appeared in the Radical History Review, American Quarterly, Current Musicology, Feminist Media Histories, Hypatia, Feminist Studies, GLQ, Theater Survey, and Sounding Out! 
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