After the 1953 coup, the Pahlavi State dissolved parliament, banned elections, and mobilized to silence critics. Opposition established clandestine radio stations abroad to remain politically engaged and called on the state to reinstate parliament and hold free elections. Clandestine radio was a physically and politically displaced medium. It reflected opposition's political alienation. In this talk, Naveed Mansoori tunes in to clandestine radio to capture the opposition's gradual disillusionment with formal political institutions. He then examines reflections in intellectual culture on political silence to frame non-participation in political life as insubordination.
Naveed Mansoori is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies. He is a political theorist interested in media, religion and dissent, focusing on the intellectual history of modern Iran. He received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California-Los Angeles. His current book project, "After Prophecy: Propaganda and the Politics of Truth in Contemporary Iran," examines how literary, aural, cinematic, televisual and digital media ecologies have emerged as informal pedagogical spaces and as sites of subject-formation.
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