Controversy can come from almost anywhere. With outlets like Facebook and Twitter, even the most entertaining of topics can get out of hand. So, it’s important to understand that entertainment sits atop years of historical and cultural context. And people, because of how they fit into that history, can have visceral reactions to things that to some appear inconsequential. Questions like ‘who cares?’ or ‘why does it even matter?’ are important... They are key to understanding the discourse and exposing the larger issues at hand.
Today, Professor Kevin Lewis O’Neill sits down with Professor Farzaneh Hemmasi to discuss how the Googoosh Music Academy stirred up the emotions of millions of people—spread across the globe all at once—and how those emotions were tied to a deep understanding of what it means to be Iranian.
This podcast is sponsored by the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto.
Our Host is Professor Kevin Lewis O'Neill.
Between, Across, & Through is produced, edited, and mixed by Ianeke L Romero.