Iranian Studies Webinar Series: Cinema

When and Where

Friday, March 05, 2021 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Online Lecture via Zoom


Blake Atwood


Precarity and Possibility: The Labor of Underground Video Dealers in Iran

In this presentation, Atwood demonstrates that post-revolutionary video dealers were cultural laborers, even as they worked informally outside the bounds of state and corporate regulation.

Blake Atwood is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at the American University of Beirut, where he also serves as the Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies. He has published widely on media in Iran and Lebanon. He is the author of Reform Cinema in Iran: Film and Political Change in the Islamic Republic (Columbia University Press, 2016).

Organized by the Toronto Initiative for lranian Studies in collaboration with the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations; the Department of History; the Department of Historical Studies; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies—UTM; the Cinema Studies Institute; the Centre for Comparative Literature; Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity; the Departmentof History (York University); the Department of English (Ryerson University), and Iran Namag: A Quarterly of lranian Studies

Zoom Registration:
* After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Registering once will give you access to the remaining talks in the series.

For further information please contact: Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi ( or Arshavez Mozafari (