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Virtual: Black and Afro-Iranians in Iranian Cultural Imaginary

October 6, 2020 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This panel will discuss Black and Afro-Iranians in the Iranian Cultural Imaginary, featuring panelists:

– “Chronopolitical Assemblages: Race/ism, Desire, and Identification in Iranian Contexts”

Shadee Malaklou, chair and assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies; founding director, Women’s and Gender Non-Conforming Center, Berea College- “The Question of Race in Simin Daneshvar’s “A City Like Paradise”

Amirhossein Vafa, assistant professor of English Literature, Shiraz University

– “The limitations, danger and equity regarding imagining and writing about those we are not”

Priscillia Kounkou Hoveyda, human rights lawyer, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations

– “Blackness as Historical Residue in Iranian Film”

Parisa Vaziri, assistant professor of Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University

– Moderator: Sima Shakhsari associate professor of Gender, Women & Sexualities Studies, University of Minnesota

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Sponsors: UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, Omar ibn Said Initiative, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, UNC Persian Studies Program, The American Institute of Iranian Studies