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Re-Imagining Iran Symposium at University of California, Irvine

Date & Time:
5/19/2007 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Re-Imagining Iran Symposium Sponsored by Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture University of California, Irvine
Humanities Instructional Building 135
further information please contact: Angelica Enriquez (949) 824-1662

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8:45 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks: Nasrin Rahimieh, Maseeh Chair and Director,
Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture

9:00-9:30 a.m.
Opening Address
Chair: Majid Tehranian (TODA Institute)

Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, Director, the Center for Persian Studies, University of Maryland

9:30-11:00 a.m.
Historical Evocations
Chair: Mark LeVine (University of California, Irvine)

Touraj Daryaee (California State University, Fullerton)
The Idea of Iran in Antiquity

Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi (University of Toronto)
Iranian Aryanism, Islamism and Cosmopolitanism

Coffee Break

11:30-12:30 p.m.
Inscriptions of Home and Homeland
Chair: Maria Pantelia (University of California, Irvine)
Kathryn Babayan (University of Michigan)
Familial and Familiar Lands of Early Modern Iran

Guilan Siassi (University of California, Los Angeles)
Mapping Home in Goli Taraghi's "Pedar"

12:30-2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

2:00- 3:30 p.m.
Discursive Movements
Chair: Jane O. Newman (University of California, Irvine)

Farzaneh Milani (University of Virginia)
Remember Flight: Women, Mobility, and Literary Modernity in Iran

Mazyar Lotfalian (University of California, Santa Cruz)
The Iranian Scientific Community and its Diaspora after the Islamic Revolution

3:30- 4:00 p.m.
Coffee Break

4:00-5:00 p.m.
Iran through the Gaze of Others
Chair: Sharareh Frouzesh Bennett (University of California, Irvine)

Mansour Bonakdarian (University of Toronto, Mississauga)
"Iran" in Irish Nationalist Imaginations, 1906-1914

Sina Rahmani (University of California, Los Angeles)
Losing It: Iran and the American Cultural Imagination in the 1970s

5:00 p.m.
Closing Address: The Photographic Gaze
Chair: David Theo Goldberg (University of California, Irvine)

Ali Behdad (University of California, Los Angeles)
On the History of Photography in Iran
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