Dec. 4: Alireza Doostdar

By , November 30, 2013 10:39 pm

The Persian Circle presents
انجمن سخن در دانشگاه شیکاگو تقدیم می کند

Prof. Alireza Doostdar
Univ. of Chicago
استاد علیرضا دوستدار
دانشگاه شیکاگو

Politics, Intimacy, and Social Networks in Iran
سیاست، صمیمیت، و شبکه های اجتماعی در ایران

Wed. Dec. 4, 5:00–6:30pm
Pick 222 / 5828 South University Avenue

Alireza Doostdar teaches courses on the anthropology of religion, contemporary Shi‘ism, and modern Iranian religious history. His first book project, tentatively titled “Taming Wonder: Science, Doubt, and the Supernatural in Iran” explores the ways in which both secular and Islamist modernists have harnessed wonder – as an emotional and cognitive state – in the service of popularizing and sustaining their visions of social and cultural change. His research has focused on discursive productions of superstition, scientific imaginations of the supernatural, and the productivity of ambivalence and doubt in middle class religious subjectivities. His other interests include Islamic “spiritual” cinema, hagiographies of contemporary Shi‘i mystics, online occultist networks, and philosophical debates over the Islamization of the sciences in Iran.

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Avisheh Mohsenin speaks on Pasfarda

By , November 30, 2013 10:31 pm

Avisheh Mohsenin gave a wonderful presentation about Pasfarda and its latest activities. For full details, please see the attached PDF she has created for us. You can also download her talk by clicking on this link or by using the player below.

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Nov. 20: Avisheh Mohsenin

By , November 18, 2013 9:28 am

The Persian Circle presents
انجمن سخن در دانشگاه شیکاگو تقدیم می کند

Avisheh Mohsenin
آویشه محسنین

Pasfarda: Peace and dialogue through the arts
پسفردا: صلح و گفتگو توسط هنر

Wed. Nov. 20, 5:30–6:30pm (note the change in time!)
Pick 222 / 5828 South University Avenue

Come early for tea and cookies!

​​Avisheh Mohsenin was born in France and moved to Iran as a child, where she grew up and attended university before moving to the U.S. in 1997. In the U.S. she obtained a Masters in Economics and started her art career by taking classes and experimenting with various mediums. Avisheh’s work has moved from photographic compositions to sculptural mixed media pieces involving found objects, hand-fatigued magazine cutouts, light-boxes, and image making using acrylic, pencil, and collages. She is the co-founder of LUMO Films, a company dedicated in the production of the arts and is the co-director of “Someplace Else” (2008), a documentary film on a Chicago blues artist. She is also the co-founder and current president of Pasfarda Arts & Cultural Exchange, a non-profit organization based in Chicago and dedicated to promoting peace through the arts.

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Mehrnaz Saeedvafa on “Jerry and Me”

By , November 11, 2013 8:41 am

Dear all,

Prof. Saeedvafa has graciously allowed us to record the discussion that took place after the screening of her film, “Jerry and Me”. You can listen to it using the player below or download the MP3 here.

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