Jan 26: Shiite Clerics and Political Modernization in Iran / علمای شیعه و تجدد سیاسی در ایران

Please join us on Tuesday, January 26th for a talk with Mateo Farzaneh / متئو فرزانه based on his new book The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the Clerical Leadership of Khurasani:

Shiite Clerics and Political Modernization in Iran / علمای شیعه و تجدد سیاسی در ایران

In this book presentation, Prof. Farzaneh will discuss the role of Islamic jurisprudence in political reform in Iran. Throughout the 1800s, Iran was challenged to politically modernize in order to undo the failed policies of its corrupt/absolutist monarchical system. Introduction of Western-style constitutionalism by secular Iranians brought about the establishment of the Islamic world’s first parliament in Iran in 1906. However, that was the beginning of a long struggle between the proponents and the opponents of rule of law as a new political reality. Mullah Muhammad Kazim Khurasani led a group of high-ranking Iranian Shiite clerics living in Iraq and began a transnational clerical movement in support of constitutionalism with the objective to sever the political influence of Muslim clerics and leaving “modern” politics to the elected parliamentarians. This talk is based on Prof. Farzaneh’s new book, The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the Clerical Leadership of Khurasani (Syracuse University Press, 2015).

Tuesday, January 26th, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Seminar Room (Pick #218)
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

Jan 19: “Laughter in the Time of Coup d’État: The Less-Known Iraj Pezeshkzād” with Saeed Ghahremani

خنده در سالهای کودتا:
 چهرۀ کمتر آشنای ایرج پزشکزاد
Laughter in the Time of Coup d’État:
The Less-Known Iraj Pezeshkzād
Tuesday, January 19th, 4:30pm
Farouk Mustafa Memorial Seminar Room (Pick 218)
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

Winter Quarter Schedule

Jan 12: Afsaneh Kalantary: “Understanding the Confluence of Iranian Immigrant Women’s Heterogeneous Identities”

Jan 19: Saeed Ghahremani: “Laughter in the Time of Coup d’État: The Less-Known Iraj Pezeshkzād”

Jan 26: Mateo Farzaneh: “Shiite Clerics and Political Modernization in Iran”

Feb 2: Gil Stein: “Persian in Cyrillic: Cultural heritage in Tajikistan” (in English)

Feb 9: TBA

Feb 16: Siavash Sabetrohani

Feb 23: TBA

Mar 1: Maryam Taghavi

Mar 8:  Ali Mousavi

 

 

Afsaneh Kalantary: Understanding the Confluence of Diasporic Iranian Women’s Heterogeneous Identities

Afsaneh Kalantary
افسانه کلانتری

Understanding the Confluence of Diasporic Iranian Women’s Heterogeneous Identities
فهم تلاقی هویت های اجتماعی ناهمگون زنان ایرانی در دیاسپورا

January 12th, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Memorial Seminar Room
Pick Hall, #218
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

In this talk, I intend to problematize the hegemonic discourse on diasporic Iranian women prevalent in host societies and the Iranian literature and media in diaspora.  This discourse depicts Iranian women as a relatively homogenous group with similar aspirations.  In this discourse the Iranian women’s heterogeneity and the intersections of their socio-cultural, ethnic, class, gender, racial and other variegated identities, and lived experiences of discrimination are thus elided.
هدف من در این گفتار به چالش کشیدن  گفتمان غالب ومسلط دراکثر جوامع میزبان ودر ادبیات مهاجرت و رسانه های دیاسپورای ایرانیدرمورد زنان ایرانی دردیاسپوراست که آنان را همچنان به عنوان یک گروه نسبتا متجانس و همگون با آمال و آرزوهایی مشابه به  تصویرمی کشد و پیچیدگی، تلاقی و در هم تنیدگی هویت ها ولاجرم تبعیض های  اجتماعی، فرهنگی، طبقاتی، قومی، جنسیتی و غیره‌ی آنان را نادیده می گیرد.

Dec 1: Attar, the Unhealed Healer, with Sohila Saremi

Please join us on Dec. 1st for a talk (in Persian) with special guest Sohila Saremi of Saddleback University. A scholar or Persian language and literature, in addition to many other publications she has written Mystical Terms and Prominent Concepts in ʿAṭṭâr’s Speech (in Persian), an incredibly useful analytic concordance. Hope to see you all there!

Attar, the Unhealed Healer
عطار، طبیب بیمار

Sohila Saremi, Saddleback University
سهیلا صارمی

Tuesday, December 1st, 430pm
Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room (Pick 218)
5828 South University Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60637

 

Nov. 17: “The Child and the West in Iran: A Look at The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (KANOON),” with Niloofar Sarlati

Please join Persian Circle on November 17th at 5:30pm (note the later time!) for a talk by Niloofar Sarlati of the University of Minnesota:

کودک و غرب در ایران: نگاهی به کانون پرورش فکری

The Child and the West in Iran: A Look at The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (KANOON)

توجه به کودک و اوقات فراغت او اساسا پدیده ای است مدرن. مخصوصا اگر بپذیریم که قصه گویی و یا داستان های جن و پری، به مشاهده ی والتر بنیامین و رونالد جی  تولکین، هرگز به لحاظ تاریخی صرفا معطوف کودکان نبوده است. در ایران هم  نخستین توجه جدی به کودک در عرصه ی نشر به دوره ی مدرن و پیدایش نخستین نشریه‌های کودکان به دوران مشروطه بازمی‌گردد. از آنجا که مدرنیت را نمی توان در ایران جدا از غرب فهمید در این مقاله من به رابطه ی میان توجه به کودک در ایران و ارتباط این توجه با غرب می پردازم اما تنها از خلال نگاه به کانون پرورش فکری، نهادی که از سه دهه پیش از انقلاب با کسب جوایز بین الممللی بسیار بلند ترین صدا را در عرصه ی پرورش کودک در ایران داشته است.


Children literature and attention to children’s free time in publication is known to be a modern phenomena in the West. This is especially true if we recognize Walter Benjamin and J.R.R. Tolkien’s observation that fairytales, fairy stories, and storytelling were historically never really produced for children exclusively. Same can be said about Iran in regard to the attention to children in the publication industry. It is not until the Constitutional Movement that along with the shift of attention to political modernity, the first children magazine also published in Iran. This talk attends to this relationship between children and the West in Iran through looking at The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, an institute which is internationally most recognized as dedicated to the “development of children” in Iran and which was established three decades before the Revolution of 1979.

November 17th, 5:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room (Pick 218)
5828 South University Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60637

Nov. 10: “The Iranian Contemporary Graphic Design,” with Rambod Vala

Please join us next Tuesday, November 10, for Persian Circle:

نگاهی به طراحی گرافیک معاصر ایران
Graphic Design in Contemporary Iran

رامبد والا
Rambod Vala

Tuesday, November 10, 4:30pm
Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room (Pick 218)
5828 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Beh omid-e didar!

Nov 2: “Demise of the Protagonist in Contemporary Iranian Cinema,” Ali Papoli-Yazdi

[If you missed Ali’s talk, you can listen to via the embedded player above or you can downloaded it by right-clicking here and selecting ‘save as’]

The Ambiguity of Values and the Demise of the Protagonist in Contemporary Iranian Cinema
 ابهام ارزشها و افول قهرمان در سینمای امروز ایران

علی پاپلی یزدی


This is talk will be in Persian, and speakers of all levels are invited!

Tuesday, November 3rd, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room (Pick 218)
5828 South University Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60637

Oct 27: “Chicago Persian School: Case Study of a Journey,” with Dr. Negar Mansourian-Hadavi

[If you missed this talk, you can listen to it in the above player or download it here]

Please join us on for a Persian Circle talk on Tuesday, October 27 by Dr. Negar Mansourian-Hadavi, director of the Chicago Persian School:

مدرسه فارسی شیکاگو: مطالعه‌ی یک ماجرا
Chicago Persian School: Case Study of a Journey

نگار منصوریان-هادوی
Dr. Negar Mansourian-Hadavi

Tuesday, October 27th, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room (Pick 218)
5828 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637