Nacim Pak Shiraz
Head of Department, Senior Lecturer
Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz is the Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in Persian and Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh. After a B.A. in Tehran, she completed a postgraduate programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities, followed by an M.A. in the Anthropology of Media, and PhD in Film and Media at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Dr Pak-Shiraz is also active on the cultural scene and engages with international film festivals both within and outside the UK. She has curated three film festivals for the Edinburgh Iranian Festival as well as organised and led workshops and panels at the Fajr International Film Festival (Tehran), Eskisehir International Film Festival (Turkey), and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Responsibilities & affiliations
Film Studies, University of Edinburgh
- Cinema and Society in the Middle East
- Classical Persian Literature
- Modern Persian Literature
- Islam Through the Art
- Research Methods and Practice
- History and Culture of Iran
- Ruling Iran
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Current PhD students supervised
PhD Supervision - Principle Advisor:
- Zeynep Merve Uygun, 'Unveiling through Documentary: The Making and Imagining of Space Among Veiled Women in Contemporary Turkey', Transdisciplinary Documentary Film PhD.
- Farshid Kazemi, '(Un)veiling Desire and Sexuality in Iranian Cinema, IMES PhD.
- Erden Goktepe, 'Transformation of marginalised masculinity into protest masculinity in Turkish Cinema', Film Studies PhD.
- Eleanor Lucy Deacon, IMES PhD.
- Joey Ayoub, IMES PhD.
- Ameera Alshehri, IMES PhD.
Past PhD students supervised
- Lovisa Berg, 'Creating a Man, a Mouse or a Monster?: Masculinity as Formulated by Syrian Female Novelists through the Second Half of the 20th Century', IMES PhD. Completed 2017
- Alessandro Coloumbu, 'Modernity and Gender Representation in the Short Stories of Zakariyyā Tāmir: Collapse of the Totalising Discourse of Modernity and the Evolution of Gender roles', IMES PhD. Completed 2017
- Michael Munnik, 'Points of Contact: A Qualitative Fieldwork Study of the Relationship between Journalists and Muslim Sources in Glasgow', IMES PhD. Completed 2015.
- Peter Cherry, 'British Muslim Masculinities in Transcultural Fiction and Film (1985 – 2012)', Comparative Literature PhD. Completed 2017.
Dr Pak-Shiraz's research interests are in the arts and cultures of the Middle East and Muslim societies, particularly the visual arts.
She is interested in film’s engagement with religion and spirituality, representations and constructions of gender in visual culture, the Iranian performing arts and religion, contemporary expressions of Islam in art and material culture, and Persian literature.
Current research interestsVisual Culture Middle Eastern Cinema Film, religion and spirituality Iranian performing arts and religion Politics and cinema Gender and commercial cinema Representations of gender in film Masculinity in Iranian cinema Religious epics Persian literature
- Women Behind and on the Camera in Iranian Cinema
- Programme notes and Introduction to Silent Film, Grass
- Women in Iranian Cinema
- Iranian Cinema Today- An Ode to the Past and New Directions to the Future
- Continuities and Discontinuities in Iranian Cinema
- Moving Beyond Euro-Centric Films in Academia
- Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Religion and Film
- Iranian studies (Journal)
- Edinburgh Iranian Film Festival 2016
- Representations of Muhammad
- Eight European Conference of Iranian Studies
- The Heroes and Villains of Iranian Cinema
- The International Conference on Religion and Film
- Post-Screening Discussion of the Film Wadjda
- Edinburgh Iranian Festival
- Trends in the Constructions of Masculinities in Iranian Cinema
- Iranian studies (Journal)
- Asian cinema (Journal)
- Film-Philosophy (Journal)
- State Hermitage Museum and Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences St Petersburg, Sep 2015,
She is currently working on a number of research projects, chiefly the constructions of masculinities in Iranian cinema from its early pre-Revolutionary era down to the present day. She is also undertaking research on religious epics, with a particular focus on Qur’anic films.
The Divine Word on the screen
Iranian cinema today
Constructing masculinities through Javanmards in pre-revolutionary Iranian cinema
Comedy in Iranian cinema
Shooting the isolation and marginality of masculinities in Iranian cinema
The Qur’anic epic in Iranian cinema
Islam, Bible in film -biblical prophets and stories
Shi‘ism in Iranian cinema
Cinema as a cultural reservoir for the Shi'i performing art of Ta'ziya
Exploring the City in the Cinema of Bahram Beyzaie
Imagining the Diaspora in the New Millennium Comedies of Iranian Cinema.
Shi'i Islam in Iranian Cinema
"Filmic Discourses on the Role of the Clergy in Iran"