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Maziyar Ghiabi: History and Intoxication in the Lives of Iranians

January 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Maziyar Ghiabi is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Prior to this post he was a Departmental Lecturer at the University of Oxford and a Titular Lecturer at Wadham College; and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris).  He obtained his doctorate in Politics (2017) and MPhil (2013) at St Antony’s College at Oxford supported by a Wellcome Trust scholarship in Society & Ethics.

He is the author of several publications, including two books: Drugs Politics: Managing Disorder in the Islamic Republic of Iran (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and Power and Illicit Drugs in the Global South (Routledge, 2018). He sits on the Editorial Boards of Third World Quarterly, the Journal of the Social History of Drugs and Alcohol (Chicago University Press), and the Journal for Illicit Economies and Development (LSE Press).

His lecture will begin a brief history of the cultivation and consumption of opium in Iran and conclude with a discussion of how governmental and volunteer organisations in Iran deal with their drug problem. His excellent and highly readable book Drugs Politics has just won the MESA Book of the Year Award.

The Zoom lecture is open to all, but prior registration is required.

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January 11, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm



The Iran Society