The Iranian Revolution and its Disciplinary Aftereffects

Don’t forget—This Friday and Saturday we will be hosting a special symposium bringing together experts in the diverse disciplines of Iranian Studies to discuss the state of the field on the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Revolution, followed by a film screening on Sunday. The program is included below, and go here for complete details. Spread the word, and we look forward to seeing you!

All meetings take place in 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

Friday February 15th: The History of Writing the Revolution
12 PM–3 PM (Eisenberg Forum)

  • Naghmeh Sohrabi (Brandeis University): The Obvious in the Archive: Ethnography, History, and the Iranian Revolution
  • Ali Reza Doostdar (University of Chicago): God, Revolution, and the Unthinkable
  • Discussant: Andrew Shryock (Department of Anthropology, UM)

Saturday February 16th: Media Revolutions
10 AM–12 PM

  • Farzin Vejdani (Ryerson University): The Afterlife of a Print Revolution? Rethinking Iranian Print Cultures in light of the 1979 Revolution
  • Nahid Siamdoust (Yale University): Iranian Media: Revolutionary Impact, Lagging Scholarship
  • Blake Atwood (American University of Beirut): Cassette Tape Histories: Rethinking Media in Iran
  • Discussant: Marie Baronian (University of Amsterdam, Visiting Manoogian Fellow, UM)

Saturday February 16th: A New Generation: Literature after the Revolution
2 PM–4 PM

  • Samad Alavi (University of Oslo): Private Scholarship: How Personal Histories of the Iranian Revolution Shape Persian Literary Studies Today
  • Fatemeh Shams (University of Pennsylvania): A War to Remember: Islamic Republican Poetry and the Politics of Remembrance
  • Nasrin Rahimieh (University of California, Irvine): Stuck in the Maze of Reality: Modes of Representation in Contemporary Women’s Fiction
  • Discussant: Michael Pifer (Department of Middle East Studies, UM)

Sunday February 17th: Film Screening: The Salesman
3 PM–5:30 PM

  • Introduced by Pedram Partovi (American University)