CGCS Event: “Social Media and Civil Society in Iran”

With Babak Rahimi, Associate Professor of Communication, Culture & Religion at U.C. San Diego’s Department of Literature

Friday, September 21, 2012  

 12:00- 1:00 PM

Annenberg School for Communication

3620 Walnut St, Room 500Lunch will be served at 11:45 on a first come, first served basis.

“As part of my work, I focus on Iran as a case study of the relationship between civil society and media. While focusing on major political events in Iranian history, I am testing whether we are entering a post-liberal age of civil engagement in countries like Iran where new conceptions and practices of media, political activism and democracy are emerging amid major historical changes. What is ironic in the case of Iran is that such process is occurring under theocratic authoritarianism. What comprises and defines Iranian civil society? And how do social media play a role in new conceptions of civil society in Iran? In particular, what is the impact of social media sites like Facebook and YouTube on Iranian civil society and the broader global civil society (if such phenomenon exists)?” Babak Rahimi


Babak Rahimi is the 2012-2013 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for CGCS’s Iran Media Program. Dr. Rahimi is an Associate Professor of Communication, Culture and Religion in the Program for the Study of Religion at UC San Diego’s Department of Literature. He received a PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy, in October 2004. Rahimi has also studied at the University of Nottingham, where he obtained an M.A. in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, and London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Anthropology from 2000-2001.

His book, Theater-State and Formation of the Early Modern Public Sphere in Iran: Studies on Safavid Muharram Rituals, 1590-16t41 C.E., studies the relationship between ritual, social space and state power in early modern Iranian history. He was a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington DC, 2005-2006 and a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute in 2010.  He has also been a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Jean Monnet Fellowship at the European University Institute.

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