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OLIVER BAST

Iran's 'Wilsonian Moment'? - Iran's Responses to World War I

Nov 15 2012 - 18:30
Oliver Bast, Dr. phil., Maître-ès-Lettres, is Senior Lecturer [Associate Professor] in Middle Eastern History and Persian at the University of Manchester where he served as head of the department of Middle Eastern Studies between 2008 and 2011. He read History and Persian Studies in Berlin (Humboldt-Universität), in Tehran (University of Tehran), in Paris (Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3) and in Bamberg (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg). Bast holds a joint doctorate (thèse en co-tutelle) from the Sorbonne and Bamberg. During the Academic Year 2011-2012 he was Visiting Fellow ...
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Iranian Theater in Diaspora: A Playwright's Retrospective

Oct 23 2012 - 18:30
Born and educated in Iran, Mohsen Yalfani is one of the most respected playwrights of Iran. He first established his reputation in the years before the revolution when his plays where known for their unflinching approach to social problems of the time. He spent several years in prison during the Shah's regime and in the early months and years of the 1979 revolution, he was one of the leaders of Iran's Writers Association. Forced into exile, he has continued writing plays. He lives and works in Paris and has been one of the leading voices of the Iranian Writers Association in Exile.
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Everyday Crime in the Sacred Shrine City of Mashhad, 1913-14

Oct 16 2012 - 18:30
Farzin Vejdani is an Assistant Professor of modern Iranian history at the University of Arizona. He received his PhD in history from Yale University (2009). His research interests broadly cover late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Iranian intellectual and cultural history, including Ottoman-Iranian cultural relations, Persian language policy, and Iranian nationalist historiography. He is currently preparing a manuscript entitled "Purveyors of the Past: Education, Publics and the Writing of History in Iran, 1860-1940." His recent publications include "Crafting Constitutional Narratives ...
ZIBA MIR-HOSSEINI

Love, Rights, and Honor: Gender and Democracy in Iran

Oct 1 2012 - 18:30
Since the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Iranian politics has conventionally been viewed as a polarized conflict between “secular” and “Islamic” ideologies. I argue that this view has masked the real battle, which has been between despotism and patriarchy, on the one hand, and democracy and feminism, on the other. The century-old struggle for democracy in Iran has been enmeshed in the dynamics of changing relations between sexuality, theology and politics. In this light I re-examine the course of the 2009 presidential elections and their aftermath. Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini is a legal anthropologist, ...

Developments in Classical Persian Music over the Last Fifty Years

Mar 27 2012 - 18:30
For two generations of Iranians, their most personal moments of the sublime, and their most public expressions of social exuberance, their joys of love and their pains of separation have been inseparable from the tender and thunderous voice and music of Mohammad-Reza Shajarian. Whether reciting lines from a prayer or singing one of Khayam’s Quatrains, reviving an old song or putting to music one of the masterpieces of modern Persian poetry, his vast musical erudition, his unfailing aesthetic taste and his perfectionism combine to make it yet another part of his impressive collection of work. ...

Words, Not Swords: Iranian Women and the Freedom Movement

Mar 12 2012 - 18:30
Born and raised in Teheran, Iran, Farzaneh Milani attended French primary and secondary schools. She earned her BA in French Literature in 1970 from California State University at Hayward. Transferring to the University of California in Los Angeles, she completed her graduate studies in Comparative Literature in 1979. Her dissertation, Forugh Farrokhzad: A Feminist Perspective, was a critical study of the poetry of a pioneering Iranian woman poet. Milani taught Persian Language and Literature at UCLA for four years before coming to the University of Virginia in 1986. Past president of the ...
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Persian Poetry in Los Angeles: Nostalgia vs. Cultural Adaptation

Feb 21 2012 - 18:30
Majid Naficy, Poet & Co-editor of Daftarhaye Kanoon Majid Naficy, the Arthur Rimbaud of Persian poetry, published his first poems in Jon-e Isfahan at age thirteen. Since then, he has put out more than 20 books of poems and essays in Persian. He fled Iran in 1983, a year and a half after the execution of his wife, Ezzat in Tehran. He lives in Los Angeles with his son, Azad, where the city of Venice has engraved a fragment of his poetry on a wall in Venice beach. Majid has published two collections of poetry, "Muddy Shoes" (Beyond Baroque Books 1999) and "Father and Son" (Red Hen Press, ...
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The Veil: Its History and Iconography in Ancient Iran and Islam

Nov 9 2011 - 18:30
Guest: Bijan Gheiby (University of Hamburg) Bijan Gheiby was born in 1954 in Tehran. He studied Filmmaking and Radio and Television Broadcasting in Tehran and Long Beach (Ca.) In Germany he studied Iranistik in the universities of Hamburg and Göttingen, where he received his Ph.D. in Iranian Studies and Communications. He has taught Zoroastrianism in the University of Hamburg and has been a participant in different international Conferences. His most recent publication is “Achievement of our Ancestors and Opinion of the Contemporaries” that deals with the literary monuments of ancient Iran ...
SHALA TALEBI

Revisiting Ghosts of the Revolution: Rekindled Memories of Imprisonment in Iran

Oct 17 2011 - 18:30
Lecture on: Revisiting Ghosts of Revolution:  A Reading and A reflection on Rekindled Memories of Imprisonment in Iran Shahla Talebi is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Arizona State University. A native of Iran, she lived through the 1979 Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War and left Iran in 1994 to the United States where she now resides. She received her undergraduate degree in social-cultural anthropology from University of California Berkeley and her masters and PhD, also in social cultural anthropology, from Columbia ...

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