April 9, 2015, 4:30 pm, Cantor Arts Center Classroom (328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford)
Attiya Ahmad (George Washington University), “Refracted Images: the Ordinariness of Middle Eastern Gendered Photography in Socio-Historical Context”
Attiya Ahmad is an assistant professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at The George Washington University (Washington DC, USA) where she specializes in gender and feminist studies, the anthropology of Islam and religion, transnationalism and globalization, labour migration and diasporic formations, political-economy, and South Asia and the Middle East.
Dominic Brookshaw (Oxford University), “Telling Stories: The Female Voice in 19th and 20th Century Persian Poetry”
Brookshaw taught Persian literature and language at Stanford University (2011-2013), the University of Manchester (2007-2011), McGill University (2005-2007), and the University of Oxford (2002-2005). Since 2004 he has served as Assistant Editor for Iranian Studies at Oxford University. He is a member of the Board of the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS), and a former member of the Governing Council of the British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS).
Nasrin Rahimieh (University of California, Irvine), “Women Writing Ordinary Lives”
Dr. Rahimieh’s research has focused on intercultural encounters between Iran and the West, modern Persian literature, literature of exile and displacement, women’s writing, and post-revolutionary Iranian cinema. Her publications include Oriental Responses to the West: Comparative Essays on Muslim Writers from the Middle East (Brill, 1990) and Missing Persians: Discovering Voices in Iranian Cultural Heritage (Syracuse University Press, 2001). Her reviews and articles have appeared in Iranian Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, Iran Nameh, The Middle East Journal, The Comparatist, Thamyris, Edebiyat, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Canadian Literature, and New Comparison.
[Sponsored by the Sohaib & Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Hamid & Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, Stanford Global Studies, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford Humanities Center, and Cantor Arts Center]
Dominic Brookshaw: Portraits of Women Writers From Qajar Iran
April 10, 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Encina Hall Philippines Room
Dominic Brookshaw (Oxford University) “Seeing Them How They Intended to be Seen: Portraits of Women Writers from Qajar Iran”
To what extent did women control and mould their image in Qajar Iran? What can portraits of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Iranian women writers tell us about how they wished to be seen by others? This talk will focus on portraits of women writers better known to us through their written works, whether poetry or prose produced in Iran in the period circa 1850-1930 to explore the dynamics around female image-making. Particular emphasis will be given to questions of female agency in relation to the commissioning, production, and dissemination of such bold depictions of women in the pre-Kashf-i hijab (mandatory veiling act) of the mid-1930s. It will be argued that a distinct, nascent tradition of female self-depiction can be discerned in images of women writers produced in Iran in this period, one that is in dialogue with images of Qajar men, and also aware of European sensibilities.
[Co-Sponsored by the Hamid & Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages]
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