Please join Persian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for panel on the variety of lived experiences and literary expressions of the Iran-Iraq War with moderator Brian Gibbs. Amir Khadem, a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at University of Alberta, will present “The Evil Benevolence of War in Iranian Sacred Defense Literature.” Using examples from the pro-state Iranian literature during and after the 1980-88 war against Iraq, this talk will offer an analysis of the narrative schemes and thematic patterns of the genre called Sacred Defense Literature. Mateo Farzaneh, an associate professor of history at Northeastern University, will present “Iranian Women, Social Class and Patriotism in the Iran Iraq War.” Hundreds of thousands of Iranian women participated in a war that Saddam Hussein suddenly launched against Iran in 1980. Directly and forcefully these women contributed in the eight-year conflict and in this talk Farzaneh will discuss some of the unidentified factors behind their contribution.
For more information, please contact Claudia Yaghoobi.
Sponsors include UNC Persian Studies; Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations; Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies; Department of Peace, War and Defense; and the First Year Seminar Enhancement Fund.