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Virtual: ‘The Growing Popularity of Non-Standard Marriages and Unions in Iran and South West Asia/North Africa (SWANA)’ by Janet Afary

September 19, 2020 at 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

This webinar is part of the series, “Revisiting Discourses of Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Iran and Diaspora: A Symposium in a Series of Panels.”

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From their mundane to their sublime forms, love and desire have played a central role in various discourses in modern Iran. From romantic epics to ghazals, and from arranged marriages to white marriages, and from companionate love to contemporary cohabitations, desire is undoubtedly one of the most important theoretical topics for scholars. This symposium brings together a range of scholars from different disciplines focusing on modern Iran to analyze the wide variety of ways in which love and desire have been represented, imagined, and discursively constructed.

Featuring Janet Afary, Mellichamp chair in Global Religion and Modernity, professor of Religious Studies; University of California, Santa Barbara. Co-author: Roger Friedland, professor emeritus, Religious Studies and Sociology; University of California, Santa Barbara. Introductions by Claudia Yaghoobi.

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For more information, please contact Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi, Roshan Institute associate professor in Persian Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill,

Co-Sponsors: The American Institute of Iranian Studies, UNC Persian Studies Program, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, Department of Asian Studies, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, Associate Dean of Global Affairs, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Department of History, Department of Religious Studies, Department of Women and Gender Studies, Department of Geography, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Iranian Cultural Society of North Carolina, The Library Collections’ Horner-Jarrahi Speaker Series, Countering Hate Initiative