Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Student Spotlight: Babak Tabarraee

Fri, September 28, 2018
Student Spotlight: Babak Tabarraee
Having a broad academic background in theater (BA), literature (MA) and film (MA), Ph.D. candidate, Babak Tabarraee’s,  research revolves around historical approaches to media reception in modern Iran. His writings have appeared in Iranian StudiesThe SoundtrackCinephile, and the Iranian Encyclopedia of the World of Islam. His publications in Farsi include two authored books of fiction, twenty-two book-format translations, and several essays, short stories, and screenplays. He is currently working on his dissertation on Iranian cult cinema.
In August 2018, Babak Tabarraee presented a research paper at the 12th biennial Iranian Studies conference titled “Leaving Iran: Representations of Migration in the Iranian Cinema in the 2010s.” As part of a bigger project on the cinematic relations of Iran and other countries, this paper explores how recent Iranian films have reproduced, modified and added to the century-long conceptualizations of temporary or permanent departure for foreign countries. In Spring 2019, Babak published an article on Reza Attaran's popularity, stardom and the recent rise of absurd films in Iran. 
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