Thesis Title: "New Forms of Visual Storytelling; Amateur Media and Participatory Culture in Iranian Social Media"
Shahab graduated from Allame Tabatabai University in Tehran in 2017, with a BA and an MA in Sociology. In his studies, he examined instances when writing and design break away from arborescent dualistic forms derived from historical socio-linguistic norms.
His interests lie in visual culture, from traditional pre-modern Eastern visual performance to Western and transnational digital experimental cinema and new visual communication technologies. Shahab was winner of Global Research Initiatives fellowship in the summer of 2018 ,when he traveled to Prague to conduct fieldwork in Republic Czech New Wave cinema.
In his MA thesis at NYU, he is writing about video messaging applications (Dubsmash and Instagram) through online ethnography and semiotic analysis. He highlights the various ways that simplicity in new video technologies give new opportunities to ordinary people to be more than passive spectators and analyzes how social media developed new ways of visual storytelling in Iranian post-revolutionary society, which is based on multiculturalism, trans-language and transnational exchange of ideas, culture and life style.
Shahab recently finished his first short novel called, Ruye Khate Vizhe or “In the Emergency Lane,” an auto-fiction about everyday life in the Tehran buses, which is awaiting publication. He also creates short films and is interested in visual activism as a means of political and non-violent resistance.