Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Rethinking Iranian Nationalism

Sat, April 3, 2010 | AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Classroom 202

8:30 AM

This conference brings together scholars broadly engaged in questioning the received assumptions and conceptual habits long defining the history of modern Iran. the goal is to share ongoing research, combine effors, chart new areas of analysis, and collectively rethink the historiography of Iranian nationalism.

Conference Schedule:

Friday, April 2, 2010

8:30 a.m. Panel 1: Centers, Peripheries, and National Identities
Moh Ghanoonparvar, Chair
Touraj Atabaki - "Contesting Marginality: Ethnicity and Construction of New Histories in the Islamic Republic of Iran"
Mana Kia - "Persianate Community and the Land of Iran, 1722-1835"
Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet - "Mapping Iran: Nationalism and Ethnic Narratives in the Borderlands"

10:15 a.m. Panel 2: Imagining Iran: Ideology & Historiography
Jason Brownlee, Chair
Ali Anooshahr - "Fascism, Nazism, and the Orient: The Case of Franz Babinger and Walther Hinz"
Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi - "Visualizing Iran"
Afshin Marashi - "Imagining Hafez: Rabindranath Tagore in Iran, 1932"
Camron Amin - "An Iranian in New York: An Iranian Journalist’s Description of the Non-Iranian on the Eve of the Cold War"

12:15–2:00 p.m. Break for Lunch

2:00 p.m. Panel 3: Islam and Nationalism
Afshin Marashi, Chair
Afshin Matin-Asgari - "The Corbin Circle and the Construction of an Islamic Nativist Critique of the West"
Farzin Vejdani - "The Place of Islam in Interwar Iranian Nationalist Historiography"
Kamran Scot Aghaie - "Putting the Nation Back at the Center of Nationalism: The Case of Religious Nationalism in Iran"
Wendy DeSouza - "Mystical Scholarship and Scholarly Mysticism: Preliminary Thoughts on Race, Nation and Exoticism in French Iranology"

Saturday, April 3, 2010

8:30 a.m. Panel 4: Ethnicity, Gender, and Subaltern Identities
Fawn Shirazi, Chair
Brian Mann - "The Khuzistani Arab Movement, 1941-1946: A Case of Nationalism?"
Jasamin Rostam-Kolayi - "Iranian Minority Girls’ Schools and the Construction of National Identity, 1800s-1940s"
Monica Ringer - "Iranian Nationalism and Zoroastrian Identity During the Pahlavi Period"

10:15 a.m. Panel 5: Transnational and Comparitive Studies
Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair
Haggai Ram - "East is East, West is West, and Never the Twain Shall Meet? Post-1979 Iran and the Fragile Fiction of Israel as a Euro-American Space"
Wali Ahmadi - "The Literary and the Political in the Poetry of the Iranian and the Afghan Constitutional Eras"
Hanan Hammad - "Relocating a Common Past: Islamic and Secular Nationalism(s) in Egypt and Iran"

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

2:00 p.m. Panel 6: Revolution, Nationalism, and the Islamic Republic
Hossein Haghshenas, Chair
Talinn Grigor - "Enduring Nationalism: Royal Architecture after 1979"
Kamyar Abdi - "Iran’s Pre-Islamic Past Under Fire: Anti-Nationalism and Historiographic Pseudo-Deconstructionism in Contemporary Iran"
Roxane Varzi - "Figuring the Future: Portraiture and Nationalism in Post-War Iran"
Sussan Siavoshi - "Nationalism and the Construction of the “Other”: The Iranian 2009 Post-Presidential Case"
Negar Mottahedeh - "Calling the Nation Into Being: A Comparison of the Unrest of 1953, 1978-79, and 2009"

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Sponsored by: the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Society of Iranian American Women for Education, Institute for Historical Studies, History Dept., and Dept. of Middle Eastern Studies

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