“A Look at Shahrzad Series” – Followed by a Screening of the Last Episode

Nilofar Saraj
نیلوفر سراج

“A Look at Shahrzad Series” – Followed by a Screening of the Last Episode
نگاهی‌ به سریال شهرزاد” همراه با نمایش آخرین قسمت سریال”

Tuesday, May 24, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Seminar Room (Pick Hall #218)
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

Introduction to a New Annotated English Translation of چرند و پرند علی اکبر دہخدا

[If you missed John Perry’s talk, you can find a copy of it here]

Please join Persian Circle this Tuesday for a talk with Prof. John Perry, introducing his new translation of Dehkhoda’s Charand-o Parand with Janet Afary, Revolutionary Satire from Iran, 1907-1909: Yale UP, 2016. This talk will given in English and Persian.

Tuesday, May 17, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Seminar Room (Pick Hall #218)
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

Non-Muslims and the Constitutional Revolution with Saghar Sadeghian

[If you missed Saghar Sadeghian’s talk, you can find a recording here]
Saghar Sadeghian (Postdoctoral Associate, Yale)
ساغر صادقیان
Non-Muslims and the Constitutional Revolution: A Quest of Identity
غیرمسلمانان و ابقلاب مشروطه: بحث هویت


The concept of Iranian nationality had become a more visible discourse since 1890s and mostly during the Tobacco Movement. The Iranian Constitutional Revolution emerged in 1906 with the slogan of “Iran for all Iranians.” Where were the non-Muslims located in this situation? This paper introduces the situation of four major non-Muslim communities—Zoroastrians, Jews, Christians and Baha’is—in Iran between 1890-1911. At the local level, it studies the daily life of the members of these communities and their interactions with the greater Muslim society. At the national level, it explores the ways Iranian citizenship was defined for non-Muslims. Finally, at the international level, it examines the economic, social and political relationship between Iran and Western countries concerning its non-Muslim population. It also introduces the missionary institutions in Iran and some discourses on these activities. 

 

Tuesday, May 3, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Seminar Room (Pick Hall #218)
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

“Naked Bodies in Protest” with Afsaneh Kalantary

بدن های برهنه در اعتراض 
Naked Bodies in Protest
 
افسانه کلانتری
Afsaneh Kalantary
 
دراین بحث به بررسی روند اخیر در استفاده از برهنگی به عنوان یک شیوه اعتراض فرهنگی و سیاسی  که  مابین برخی هنرمندان و کنشگران ایرانی باب شده است و لاجرم تناقضات و معانی متفاوت جنسیتی و فرهنگی این تاکتیک پرداخته خواهد شد.
This talk examines the recent trend among some Iranian artists and activists of deploying nudity as a form of political and cultural protest and explores the gendered and cultural connotations and contradictions in using this tactic.
 
Tuesday, April 26, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Seminar Room (Pick Hall #218)
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637 

Screening of “Silky Eloquence” with Filmmaker Hossein Khandan

Screening of “Silky Eloquence” followed by Q & A
نمایش فیلم ‘حریر کلام’ به همراه پرسش و پاسخ با کارگردان فیلم
 
With more than 38 years experience, Hossein Khandan, an Iranian-American filmmaker and photographer, will be in person to screen his award winning film “Silky Eloquence,” along with other short films. Subsequently, he will be available for discussion about his experience as a Persian artist in China.
 
 
Tuesday, April 19, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Seminar Room (Pick Hall #218)
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637 

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

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.

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