The Center for Ethnomusicology and the PhD Prorgram in Ethnomusicology at Columbia warmly congratulate Dr. Farzaneh Hemmasi
(PhD, 2010, Ethnomusicology), who has accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Music (tenure track) at The University of Toronto.
Dr. Hemmasi is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the
Penn Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Hemmasi's dissertation was advised by Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa, and is entitled "Iranian Popular Music in Los Angeles: Mobilizing Media, Nation and Politics." The dissertation is
an ethnographic and historical study of the Iranian exile music
industry that emerged in Southern California after popular music was
banned in Iran following the 1978-79 Revolution. Drawing on interviews
with musicians and media producers, Dr. Hemmasi's work demonstrates the
many transformations Persian-language musiqi-ye pop has
undergone since its inception in the 1950s from a symbol of cosmopolitan
modernity, to a banned cultural form in the revolution, to a medium for
exiles' aesthetic recombination and circulation of Iran.