Item 5 - Interview with Dr. Farzaneh Hemmasi conducted by Claire Latosinsky

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Interview with Dr. Farzaneh Hemmasi conducted by Claire Latosinsky


  • November 19, 2020 (Creation)

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1 video recording (52 min., 49 sec.) : mp4

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Item is a video recorded interview between Claire Latosinsky (interviewer, representative of FoMARA) and Dr. Farzaneh Hemmasi (interviewee). Dr. Farzaneh Hemmasi (in Persian orthography فرزانه حمصی ) is as Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include Iranian popular music, the politics of popular culture, and transnationality. Her book, Tehrangeles Dreaming: Intimacy and Imagination in Southern California’s Iranian Pop Music, published in April 2020, examines the postrevolutionary pop music of the Iranian diaspora in Los Angeles as a site of transnational identity creation. She holds a doctorate from Columbia University and has held fellowships with the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Humanities Forum and Columbia University’s Middle East Institute as well as its Institute of Social and Economic Policy and Research. In the summer of 2020, Prof. Hemmasi was co-chair of the Faculty of Music’s Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (AREDI) Workgroup. Dr. Hemmasi and Claire's conversation covers topics including performative diversity, tokenization, music pedagogy, and Black Lives Matter.

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