Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Global Iran

Global Iran

THURSDAYS 3:30-6:30
MES 385 (40755)

Course Description:

This graduate course examines modern Iranian history from the Qajar period to the post-revolutionary period, with an emphasis on a body of scholarship that critiques methodological nationalism. Students will read and discuss monographs and selected articles from emerging scholarship in Iranian Studies. Classic works will also be discussed to ensure a better understanding of evolving historiographical trends. This course is organized both chronologically and thematically (e.g. transnationalism, borderlands, infrastructure). The goals of this course are twofold: 1) prepare students to have a comprehensive understanding of modern Iran as their teaching field; 2) advance students’ research and writing skills as scholars of modern Iran. 


Meet the Professor

Mikiya Koyagi received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015. He studies social and cultural history of modern Iran as well as the history of intra-Asian connections since the nineteenth century, with a focus on the interactions between Japan and the Muslim world. His first book, Iran in Motion: Experiences of the Trans-Iranian Railway (in progress), examines how a state infrastructural project in early twentieth-century Iran redistributed mobilities on local, national, and transnational levels. His publications have appeared in several journals, including The International Journal of Middle East StudiesThe Journal of World History, and The International Journal of the History of Sport. He teaches courses on modern Iranian history, infrastructure, technology, and pan-Asianism. Before joining UT Austin in 2018, he taught at New York University.

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