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Like Water Through Stone: Celebrating Hamid Naficy’s Contributions to Iranian Film and Diaspora Studies (Day Two)

When: Friday, June 3, 2022
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM CT

Where: Rebecca Crown Center, Hardin Hall, 633 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free of charge & open to the public

Contact: Danny Postel  

Group: Middle East and North African Studies

Category: Global & Civic Engagement, Academic, Lectures & Meetings, Multicultural & Diversity


Day two of our tribute to the extraordinary career and intellectual legacies of Hamid Naficy (Friday June 3)

Zoom option (available for Friday June 3 only)  — REGISTER for the link

Hamid Naficy, a core faculty member of the MENA Studies Program from its inception and Professor of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern, is a pioneering scholar of Iranian and world cinema, exile and diaspora studies, media and cultural studies, and global Iranian studies.

His books include The Making of Exile Cultures: Iranian Television in Los Angeles (1993), Home, Exile, Homeland: Film, Media, and the Politics of Place (1999), An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking (2001), and the four-volume A Social History of Iranian Cinema, which has been called “a landmark achievement.”

Friday's program is free and open to the public. No registration required.

Location: Hardin Hall, Rebecca Crown Center (633 Clark Street, Evanston)

8:30 AM — 9:00 AM
Continental breakfast

9:00 AM — 9:15 AM
Opening remarks by Rebecca Johnson, Director of the MENA Studies Program

9:15 AM — 10:45 AM
Panel 1: Home, Exile, Homeland: Hamid Naficy & Media Studies
Mehdi Semati: “Being at Home with Naficy’s Work”
Negar Mottahedeh: “Electric Voice: Naficy’s ‘Internet Cinema’”
Narges Bajoghli: “Studying State Media Through a Nafician Lens”
Moderator: Lynn Spigel

Coffee break

11:00 AM — 12:30 PM
Panel 2: Lines of Exile: Hamid Naficy & Diaspora Studies
Persis Karim: “Accented Belonging: Hamid Naficy’s Work as Foundation for Iranian Diaspora Studies”
Amy Malek: “Memory, Mediawork, and Nostalgia: Naficy on the Iranian Diaspora”
Maziyar Faridi: “Theorizing a ‘National Cinema’ Transnationally: Notes on Hamid Naficy’s Contributions to Studies of Iranian Cinema”
Moderator: Dilip Gaonkar

12:30 PM — 2:00 PM

2:00 PM — 3:30 PM
Panel 3: Accented Cinemas: Hamid Naficy & Cinema Studies
Simran Bhalla: “Cinematic Afterlives of the Persianate”
Golbarg Rekabtalaei: “Alternative Visions of Cinematic Modernity: Iranian Cinema through Naficy’s Lens”
Mohammad Tavakoli: “Hamid Naficy and the Iranian Cinema Digital Compendium”
Moderator: Ariel Rogers
3:30 PM — 3:45 PM
Coffee break

3:45 PM — 4:30 PM
Screening of Eric Patrick’s animated film Lines of Exile and Hamid Naficy's film Salamander Syncope, followed by Q & A

4:30 PM — 5:00 PM
Reflections and personal testimonies
Moderator: Narimon Safavi

5:00 PM
Closing reflections from Hamid Naficy:
“My Personal Allegories”

Participant Bios

For information about (and to register for) opening night (Thursday June 2) of this two-day event, click here.


Middle East & North African Studies Program

Department of Radio/Television/Film

The Block Museum of Art

Center for Global Culture and Communication

This program is made possible by Tamilla Ghodsi (WCAS ‘91) and Zuleika M. Ghodsi (WCAS ‘93), whose generous gift established the Iranian American Fund for Cultural Programming.

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